Winter’s gloomy weather can get depressing, and people tend to stay indoors and become less active during this season. However, in many areas, the cold weather opens up opportunities that are often overlooked when the sun is shining. Museums, art shows and traveling exhibits are a great way to stay busy, learn something and stretch your legs without having to spend much time in the rain. Many such museums and foundations also offer online explanations and virtual tours, and interesting displays are only a click away.
The Shapell Manuscript Foundation, for example, recently released 10 new manuscripts from their archives onto their website, including two written by President Millard Fillmore. The University of Delaware Library also received a collection of World War II manuscripts, which are now accessible through their Special Collections web page. Gloomy days are a perfect time to enhance your knowledge of American history, as well as learn about other cultures and traditions throughout time.
You can even enjoy events that are happening in other countries. For example, a new visitor’s center was recently opened at Airman’s Corner, less than two miles from the famous Stonehenge landmark. The facility features ancient construction tools and other artifacts that hint at the lives of Neolithic and Bronze Age peoples.
“At last, visitors to Stonehenge will be able to get a sense of the people who built this monument, of their lives, their deaths and their ceremonies. Visitors will, for the first time, learn the astonishing history of the stones and will see objects, many never seen before, that will bring the stones to life,” explains Dr. Simon Thurley of English Heritage. “Instead of just a stopover or a quick photo opportunity, we want our visitors to step back in time and into the shoes of those who created and used this extraordinary place to marvel at original everyday objects they used, to talk the surrounding landscape as they did, and to sit in the dwellings that they would have built. It makes the real encounter with the stones themselves so much more exciting.”