Behold! New Lebanon: Exploring Rural Life

Behold! New Lebanon: Exploring Rural Life

Behold! New Lebanon: Exploring Rural Life

The story of Cynthia Creech, who rescued the Randall cattle breed from extinction, is one  of the country guides for the final weekend of Behold! New Lebanon. Photo by Uli Rose.

The story of Cynthia Creech, who rescued the Randall cattle breed from extinction, is one of the country guides for the final weekend of Behold! New Lebanon. Photo by Uli Rose.

Behold! New Lebanon is a new type of living museum that celebrates and explores contemporary rural American life. Over the course of four weekends this fall, country guides have invited visitors into their homes and work spaces, where they practice cooking, farming, cattle raising, automobile racing and mechanics, furniture-making and more.

Activities on this year’s final weekend, Friday, October 31 to Sunday, November 2,  kick off with a Halloween lantern walk with the staff of the Mountain Road School, who will bring families an unforgettable celebration of this night of ghosts and goblins. Other events will include: an inside view of the Lebanon Valley Speedway; learning about jazz music; an overview on gemstones and how to make simple jewelry repairs;  a  walk along the historic Wyomanoc Creek rail trail; the chronicles of saving a cattle breed from extinction; a workshop comparing the taste of grass-fed meats with conventional lot-raised beef, pork, chicken and lamb; the success secrets of a second-generation restaurant; working with Percheron horses; and insights into homesteading and animal tracking.

The museum is the idea of historian and social activist Ruth Abram, founding president of Manhattan’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum and a resident of New Lebanon, N.Y. For a full schedule of events, visit beholdnewlebanon.org.

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