JOURNEYS IN EDUCATION INC

Rating: 4.81 stars   204 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 26 Main St Peterborough NH 03458 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Last year I was fortunate to be able to pay a visit to the Mariposa Museum and participate in some of its wonderful activities. As part of a series on Peoples of the North, I was introduced to traditional Scottish songs sung while “waulking” (softening and cleansing) wool, and enjoyed a folk dancing session in which I used muscles and other body parts I hadn’t exercised for a while. These programs as well as meandering through the interesting exhibits gave me a sense of connection with those who live in other countries and the diverse communities to which they belong.

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As a teacher, I know that the Mariposa Museum has an important place in dispelling so many young people’s myths and fears of what they may find outside of their own closely knit group. What’s more, the museum makes it exciting and adventurous to find out about others who live far away. Linda Marsella, my dear friend of many years, certainly made a generous and visionary contribution to connecting people in such a way as to increase the possibility of peace and understanding in the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Connect with other museums and cultural organizations in different parts of the country.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Through Linda Marsella and David Blair

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am attracted to this special spot in town on any rainy, cold and windy, or sweltering day for it's entertainment and break from the every day life. There is always something new to learn, see and touch. There is always something here for every age. It is an asset to this community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life as I walk by and look into the windows.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing, they continue to evolve and meet the communities needs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a delightful place to find in such a quaint New England town! It was an honor for our dance group to be invited by David Blair & Lina Hervas of the Mariposa Museum. It offered us a chance to share our culture through dance, music and costumes to a very appreciative community. Likewise, it was a learning experience for our members most especially our young dancers. They truly appreciated what they learned from the exhibits and delighted at how the museum offered so many 'hand's on' exhibits. I've told friends to go visit the museum whenever they're up in NH.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having had a chance to promote and share our Philippine culture.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'm sure the museum touches the lives of so many as it has touched ours during the short visit we had. I truly hope they continue on with their mission and get more funding that they truly deserve.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having grown up in the Philippines (Quezon City and Isabela in particular), stepping into Mariposa Museum is like stepping into the wonderful childhood I had left behind!

My family (husband and three children) and I came to the Mariposa Museum the evening that they had the celebration of the People Power Revolution. I was in college when People Power happened. It brought back many vivid memories. My anticipation was that of a formal and serious event. But the museum itself was very refreshing. The lay out as well as the items on exhibit catered to my inner child. Our own children were thrilled to see some of the items that they had seen in Manila as well as things that they learn about at Boston's Iskwelahang Pilipino.

The reception immediately after the People Power presentation was very up close and personal. Truly a global experience with everyone sharing thoughts and ideas. The Filipino food of course, was sumptuous!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Meeting like minded individuals who are interested in cultural growth and better understanding of the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The light of the Mariposa Museum shines brightly in the northern New England town of Peterborough. A very special place for the town and surrounding communities, it offers not only a hands-on-cultural experience for children and adults, but also a beautiful and intimate performance space for dance and music. Through the Mariposa’s collections, special exhibits and events, people are truly exposed to the wonderful diversity of the world. Information about the many scheduled activities and events at the Museum are easily accessible on its up-to-date and very navigable website. The Museum is a true asset to rural New England.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by being enlightened and entertained. By providing a wonderful cultural space for a diverse range of activities, the museum adds to the value of that experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope that they could expand their outreach to more schools. The experience they have to offer is so valuable in this age of globalization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

from friends

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

We were impressed by the international flavor of Mariposa Museum when we visited. It is similar in some respects to the high caliber of the Dumbarton Oaks Museum in Washington DC.
It has information for all age groups.
It is handicap accessible.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our 13-year old son, a bi-ethnic child enjoyed the "hands on" exhibits. Our entire family especially appreciated the musical instruments from various countries, including Russia and Asian countries.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Enlarge the museum to allow more international exhibits. Promote the museum to ethnic organizations in order to encourage bus tour groups to visit.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Mariposa Museum is a haven where one gets to learn something about different countries and their unique culture. It's a one-stop museum that has cultural history from all over the world. As the name implies --- MARIPOSA --- which means "butterfly" --- the museum is in itself a symbol of a beautiful transformation...and that's what one will feel and experience upon visiting the place.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

giving me recent updates as to what activities are being done. A few months back, I was even asked by the owner's wife to buy some coffee table books and had them all shipped from the Philippines to USA. Somehow, I'm glad that I was able to contribute in acquiring artifacts and books for the museum.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand more on the materials and artifacts found in the museum.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is very pleasant to see a museum that portrays the culture diversity of a sister nation. This is a much needed topic to those that fought along the sides of the American people during world war 2 after December 7th. Very happy to see the credit given to our sister nation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By learning more about the "People Power" and see how this is now happening in the Middle East today.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Advertise the site more.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

I know the owners of Mariposa Museum personally. They have been my mentors when in comes to teaching and training. Their passion for teaching is reflected on Mariposa. I would say the museum aside from providing information and opening minds about other countries, it mainly promotes appreciation of different cultures which is very essential to young minds.

Keep up the wonderful work Lina and David!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own field in training

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It's good as it is

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Rating: 5 stars  

My toddler LOVED being able to explore all of the instruments... what a memorable hands-on experience for her! And I, for one, loved all the intricate and colorful costumes... if only such beautiful ensembles were available at the local mall.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching my daughter establish her first extremely positive experience at a beautiful museum.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.

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