The Legacy of Liberty Hall
Built in the early 1770’s, Liberty Hall has been a witness to countless historic events and its residents have shaped New Jersey history. Scouts will tour the Mansion at Liberty Hall and learn what qualifies a building for National Historic Register status. Museum educators will lead a discussion of careers in historic preservation and the education and experience needed to work in this exciting field. Finally, scouts will examine a selection of historic documents and practice writing with quill pens. This program fulfills several requirements for the American Heritage badge.
The Architecture of Liberty Hall
Liberty Hall was a residence for prominent New Jersey families for over 200 years. During that time, the house grew from 14 rooms to 50. The house reflects the changes in architectural styles over three different centuries. Scouts will learn about the variety of building materials used on structures throughout the property and learn how form follows function in the design and construction of those buildings. We’ll examine floor plans and elevations and observe how they were translated into actual buildings. Finally, scouts will create a scale drawing of a room. This program fulfills several requirements of the Architecture badge.
The Art of Liberty Hall
The extensive art collection of Liberty Hall will provide a springboard for scouts to discover the elements of art and principles of design. We’ll discuss how color can be used to set a mood or convey an emotion. Scouts will explore the collection with a museum educator and then draw inspiration from artifacts and the grounds to create their own one-of-a-kind masterpiece. In addition, we’ll use a printmaking technique to create an original logo and discuss three career opportunities in the arts. This program fulfills several requirements of the Art badge.