Long Island Museum
My local Long Island Museum is a nine-acre museum in Stony Brook, New York. It was pretty chilly in the early winter when I visited this museum.
I opened the door to the small building next to the museum with a cold breeze, and there I found a small room that reproduced an old American classroom.
In the middle of the room was an old fashioned stove. When I was young, Korea was a developing country. Korea is a country that has developed very rapidly. In Korean classrooms in the 1970s, there were stoves in each classroom. The students took turns bringing coal to put there and making a fire. The student sitting by the stove was a very lucky seat. At lunch time, the children put their lunch boxes on the stove and heated them up. So at that time, Korean children's lunch boxes were all made of aluminum for warm up on the stove.
It was a moment that made me feel as if I had traveled back in time and opened the classroom door in front of my classroom in the past. So I thought. A museum is a door that connects the present and the past. We look ahead and run. Good performance, great grades, great work, lots of possessions...we run forward to get them. However, I feel that our local museum is like a back door that shows the past to me. It is a place where you open the door to meet the past, connect with the present, and give strength to move forward.
Myungja Anna Koh