Old Salem Museums & Gardens Receives Grant for Beekeeping Program
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (November 17, 2016) – Old Salem Museums & Gardens has received a grant from The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation in the amount of $4,400 to fund a beekeeping program entitled, “An Introduction to Beekeeping in Early Salem.”
As a natural next step in Old Salem’s historic landscaping program, this educational program focusing on horticulture, honey bees, and native pollinators will begin in 2017. It will be a pilot program to explore the introduction of beekeeping in an actual historic setting and is expected to become a model for other living history museums. Few museums maintain bee colonies, and none are known to offer an authentic historical perspective that incorporates beekeeping into daily interpretation.
“An Introduction to Beekeeping in Early Salem” aims to educate the public about beekeeping—as well as native pollinators and plant species and sustainability—in early Salem, linking and making relevant this historic information to modern-day practices. The program also aims to introduce new, diverse native plant pollinators into the Old Salem historic district.
Some activities that the grant will help to fund include:
- Building hive boxes, based on historic photographs of Salem resident John Leinbach’s 19th-century beehives, in Old Salem.
- Introducing bee colonies into the hives and assessing appropriateness of hive location and impact of visitors on bee population.
- Enhancing Science Alive!, Doctor’s House, and other programming to direct visitors to the beekeeping site.
- Introducing new plant life, based on Moravian archives, to maintain the authenticity of landscaping while introducing a variety of new pollinators and plant material as the first phase of the planned arboretum.
- Providing informational labels for pollinator and plant materials, exploring potential for incorporating information about these plants in Old Salem’s current walking tour about trees, and exploring the creation of a specific walking tour about bees, beekeeping and pollinator plants in Old Salem.
About The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation
The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining charitable, grassroots initiatives that support human and honeybee health, was established in 2007. Since its inception, The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation has issued over $2 million in grants. In 2015, the foundation donated over $330,000 in proceeds to nonprofit organizations. Over the years, the foundation has supported pollinator health in a variety of ways, issuing over 100 grants for programs spanning research, education, and conservation.
About Old Salem
Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org