Museums: Poppenhusen Institute (15 min) …………………… Free
A sign on the front proudly declares it the site of the first free kindergarten in the United States (began July 1st, 1870), but despite its official Landmark status the institute is not really set up for visitors and was difficult to get into. We’ve found that historic buildings occasionally get noted as museums even if they are not set up as such, and this appears to be the case with the Poppenhusen Institute. However, it was on our list and I was unable to determine its museum-y qualities online, so Paul and I combed their facebook site for times when they were open and we ended up crashing their summer fundraiser. When we got there, the flea market and bake sale were up and running and the Beatles cover band was in full swing. We didn’t know anyone at this neighborhood party, but we’ve gone far stranger places in the pursuit of our goal (see our post on the retirement home in Riverdale), so Paul entered the raffle and we gamely set about exploring the building.
|Jail cells in the Poppenhusen Institute|
|Joe Beresheim's Butcher Shop. A note reads: "This building still stands."|
Pauline: 2 out of 10. Historic community center, but not much to see and limited hours.