DSC_3796BEHOLD! New Lebanon, the first living museum of contemporary rural American life, has named Jasmine DeJackome as Program Coordinator. DeJackome is responsible for scheduling and overseeing the activities of BEHOLD! New Lebanon’s Rural Guides, who conduct more than 100 informative programs in their own professional settings.

DeJackome earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Art History from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a Masters in Art History from the University of Massachusetts. Her areas of study include Roman Art and Archaeology, and American Fine and Decorative Arts. She previously held positions in the education departments at the Trustees of Reservations, the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass, and the Wadsworth Atheneum. At the Trustees, Jasmine coordinated programs at Naumkeag, where she became familiar with the history, beauty, and charms of the Berkshire Hills and the Hudson Valley.

“What attracted me to BEHOLD! was the endless educational opportunities an unorthodox museum like this presents. As someone who is passionate about museum education, I am drawn to organizations that allow for creative, multi-sensory, and non-traditional learning,” said DeJackome. “The programs at BEHOLD! definitely hit that mark for me.”

DeJackhome will work out of the BEHOLD! Station and Store, the museum’s headquarters and reception center at 438 Rte. 20, which also houses the ticket office and serves as the departure point for BEHOLD tours.

“We are delighted to welcome such a talented and enthusiastic advocate for both history and non-traditional learning,” said BEHOLD! New Lebanon founding president Ruth J. Abram. “We have very ambitious growth plans for our programming, and Jasmine has demonstrated the skills and interest that are critical in taking us to the next level.”

Over the course of its season, which runs from June through October, these Rural Guides introduce visitors to their New Lebanon farms, studios and workspaces, where they practice cooking, farming, cattle raising, automobile racing and mechanics, wood-working, foraging, wildlife tracking, and much more. The presenters are not costumed actors or docents recalling old-world skills; they are actual townspeople of today. And, unlike traditional museums, there is no one physical structure that houses exhibits: the museum is the town itself.

Located in this rural Columbia County community in upstate New York, BEHOLD! New Lebanon was founded by social activist and historian Ruth J. Abram, a resident of the town. Also the founding president of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Manhattan, Abram brought the idea of a contemporary museum without walls to regional residents and town planners. The community responded enthusiastically with an outpouring of support. After a successful pilot in 2014, the first full season of operation took place in 2015. The 2016 program will include more than 100 programs from June through October.

The BEHOLD! season opens on June 4, and runs through October. Information and the online box office can be found at http://www.beholdnewlebanon.org.