Scholars visit American Sign Museum
An important component of Roger Bacon's Assisi Scholar Program includes learning outside of the walls of the school.Sophomore Assisi Scholars recently enjoyed a field trip to The American Sign Museum where the story of American commerce is told through signs.The only public sign museum in the United States that covers the full history of signage in America educated and entertained twenty-four sophomore Assisi Scholars with a guided tour and a scavenger hunt.
The history, technology, art, and influences of American culture are featured in the recreated business districts, the neon workshop, and walls covered in signs both painted and electrical typical of the time periods between 1890s and 1960s. Sophomore, Rebecca Dance commented, "It was amazing walking down cityscapes.I felt like I was strolling through time and caught a glimpse of a world where a McDonald's meal costs only fifteen cents. Each sign told a story, and I loved listening."
Whether interested in science, business, or art, the Roger Bacon students were exposed to careers in these fields through signs, the photo archive, tools, and the equipment of the sign industry.Assisi Scholar, Shannon Seiler shared, "I know about neon signs; the real beauty for me is in the hand-crafted wood, metal and glass signs."
The Assisi Scholars will continue their development throughout the year with seminars, field trips, and guest speakers.