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On recent trips to various museums in St. John's County, Volusia County, and Flagler County, the employees and volunteers were very helpful in providing additional information.  At the Pirate and Treasure Museum, one staff member in particular was very eager to engage in conversation.  He retold the story of a pirate that was hit with a cannon ball, but continued to fight on while bleeding to death.  He also told stories of Blackbeard and how he would create the illusion that his beard was on fire to frighten anyone around him.  Fort Matanzas likewise has very helpful and informative staff and volunteers.  One gentleman was willing to demonstrate how to carve images into wood like the soldiers on the island may have done to pass away the hours.  Another gentleman was busy making a leather pouch.  The Pioneer Settlement Center in Barberville is full of information!  Demonstrations such as weaving, candle dipping, education, and more are provided.  The staff is eager to share additional information and many offer private classes for groups if you so desire.  Finally, Florida Agricultural Museum employs helpful staff.  From stories while riding on the tractor to hands-on demonstrations, a good time will be had by the whole family.

When you visit a museum, no matter where it is located, be sure to engage the staff in conversation.  They are full of stories that they have learned over the years while working at the museums.  Many of these stories are not depicted during a regular tour nor are they written on plaques.  If you engage them in conversation, you will not be disappointed.  If you are unsure of how to begin a conversation, you can start by asking them, "What is the most interesting thing you have learned since you started working here?"  Once the initial line of communication is open, enjoy the stories they have to share.

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