Museum News

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Schiele Museum Receives Grant from Gaston Community Foundation

The Schiele Museum is pleased to announce it has received a $7,000 grant from the Gaston Community Foundation in support of renovations to The Farm. This popular agriculture experience, which formerly focused on 18th century life in the Carolina backcountry, explores how relationships between plants, animals, and people have changed throughout history.

“We are grateful for the Gaston Community Foundation’s continued support! They have been a longtime supporter of The Schiele,” commented Dr. Ann Tippitt, Executive Director of the Schiele Museum. “Their generosity will help us make necessary renovations to The Farm. Through their support and others in our community, we will be able to offer an exciting new educational experience to our visitors.”

The Farm, which opened to visitors this September, is an immersive exhibit nestled along the museum’s nature trail. It encompasses a variety of buildings as well as gardens, live animals, and interactives that are designed to teach visitors about agriculture. Visitors have the opportunity to see live animals like goats, pigs, and chickens, and can event participate in fun interactives such as a milking cow simulator.

 “Since its founding in 1961, the Schiele Museum has provided the community with countless educational opportunities and served as a tourist destination for thousands of visitors each year,” stated Ernest Sumner, Gaston Community Foundation President. “The Community Foundation is pleased to provide support for the renovations of the 18th Century Farm that will enhance the educational experience for all visitors.”

The Farm is open seasonally, Monday through Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM and Sunday from 1-4 PM. Access to The Farm is included with general admission to the museum and is free for Schiele Members.


Schiele Entomologist’s Research Published

What’s an entomologist you ask? An entomologist is the name for a person who studies insects! Dawn Flynn, an entomologist at The Schiele Museum, recently had a paper published in the Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington out of the Smithsonian in which she describes a new species from Ecuador, Cladonota erwini. The paper is the second of four reviewing a tropical genus of insects (treehoppers).


Legacy Magazine Features Article by Schiele Museum Staff

Schiele Museum Environmental Educator, Stephenie Berggrun, had an article featured in Legacy Magazine in May 2019! Click here to read the full article.