A living history museum looks at how it presents lives of blacks, women

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A living history museum looks at how it presents lives of blacks, women

Ellen Watterson re-enacts an 1830s farm worker milking a cow named May in a barn at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass. With a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Old Sturbridge Village, a living history museum that depicts life in a small New England town in the 1830s, is taking a deep look at the way it presents the past, including the roles of minorities and women, in an effort to stay relevant to a 21st century audience.
Loralei Arndt, right, sits behind a farm house window as she re-enacts an 1830s farm worker at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass.
A child walks away from an entrance to a blacksmith shop at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass.
Jadon Rivard, center, re-enacts an 1830s farm worker as children explore a barn at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass.
Hannah Ingersoll, left, and Loralei Arndt, second from left, re-enact 1830s farm workers as children watch in a cheese room at Old Sturbridge Village.
Re-enactor Claire Gregoire knits a mitten using hand-spun yarn at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass.

A living history museum looks at how it presents lives of blacks, women

Ellen Watterson re-enacts an 1830s farm worker milking a cow named May in a barn at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass. With a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Old Sturbridge Village, a living history museum that depicts life in a small New England town in the 1830s, is taking a deep look at the way it presents the past, including the roles of minorities and women, in an effort to stay relevant to a 21st century audience.
Loralei Arndt, right, sits behind a farm house window as she re-enacts an 1830s farm worker at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass.
A child walks away from an entrance to a blacksmith shop at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass.
Jadon Rivard, center, re-enacts an 1830s farm worker as children explore a barn at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass.
Hannah Ingersoll, left, and Loralei Arndt, second from left, re-enact 1830s farm workers as children watch in a cheese room at Old Sturbridge Village.
Re-enactor Claire Gregoire knits a mitten using hand-spun yarn at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass.

A living history museum looks at how it presents lives of blacks, women

Re-enactors in the roles of 1830s farm workers carry milk buckets and pitchers in a barn at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass.

A living history museum looks at how it presents lives of blacks, women

A horse-drawn wagon makes its way past a building at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass.

A living history museum looks at how it presents lives of blacks, women

Derek Heidemann re-enacts an 1830s blacksmith at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Mass.
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