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Rural museum makes natural history fun The Newburg Children’s Museum reveals the world to kids hat do you get when you cross starfish, geodes, an African hut, a giant kaleidoscope and snake skins? You get the Newburg Children’s Museum of Natural History, of course! The dream of museum curator Dr. Elizabeth te Groen, the museum opened in 2008 as a way for “Miss Elizabeth,” as she’s known to locals, to share the numerous collections she and her husband gathered as they traveled the world throughout their careers as doctors and researchers. “If you squirrel things away and can’t bring yourself to get rid of them, you start a museum,” says the spry 87-year-old, who’s originally from South Africa. Her other goal was to have a place for the children to come and learn while having fun. With the help of many volunteers, she turned an 1883 home into a little museum nearly bursting at the seams with things to do and learn. The museum covers four areas: earth, water, sky and man. Both kids and adults can learn about planets in the Sky Room, and young kids will enjoy the E.T. machine. The Rocks and Fossils Room is sure to appeal to visitors, with specimens on display. Be sure to have Miss Elizabeth show you how the stone tiger’s eye is made. In the Ethnic Room, a reproduction African Above: This African witch doctor mask is one of many wood carvings on display. Right: This million-year-old trilobite is on display in the museum’s Fossil Room. W hut is always a hit with everyone. In the Conservation Room, you will see the eggs of many birds, snake skins, a hornets’ nest and many other exhibits. The Hands-on Room includes a giant kaleidoscope, a machine that magnifies things on a TV screen so you can look at them in detail, a musical keyboard you play with your feet, an earthquake box and much more. The museum is open Tuesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and other days by appointment. Groups welcome. The museum is free, but donations are appreciated. For information, call 573-762-3077. Visit for directions or how to donate. Benjamin Easterday, 13, of Newburg, plays a PVC instrument in the Hands-on Room at the museum. Anyone can do it — just grab a pair of flip-flops and start playing! T ry your hand at my monthly word watch. It’s easy. I’ll list three words for you to find. You read the stories in Rural Missouri and look for the words. When you find them, send me a note telling me the stories where you found the words, what each word means as it’s used in the story and your age. If you get all the words right, your name goes into a drawing to win one of our Buddy Bear drawstring backpacks! We’ll pick up to five winners each month. Send your answers to: Buddy Bear’s Word Watch P. O. Box 1645 Jefferson City, MO 65102 Entries must be received by March 5. Kids, please wait a month before re-entering — and parents, this is only for kids up to age 15. Entries must be handwritten by the youth, please. Can you find this month’s words? gnarled, jocularity and prodigies Congratulations to last month’s winners: Charlene Watson, Adam Burns, Marissa Bates and Myron Sommers Did you know? Sharks continually replace lost teeth. A shark may grow as many as 24,000 teeth in a lifetime. 42 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - March 2012

Rural Missouri - March 2012
Stickin’ to it
Out of the Way Eats
Spending to save
Just vault
Guarding the honeybee
Hearth and Home
Callaway’s kingdom dinner
News Briefs
Around Missouri
The comical curator

Rural Missouri - March 2012