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Union Museum of History and Art showcases honey bees in summer exhibit

Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 4:29 PM CDT
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FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE) - The Union Museum of History and Art wants to show how vital honey bees are to the environment and our agriculture industry.

They are doing it through a summer exhibit called “Bees, Please” and it’s pretty sweet!

Jean Jones, the programs director, says they came up with the idea last year and started consulting with honey bee experts in Northeast Louisiana.

The exhibit has beekeeping equipment on display, up-close photos of bees and hives, and information about the life of a bee. There are kid-friendly activities like crafts, a photo booth, and a hands-on learning table for them.

The museum says they want people to understand how important bees are and what we can do to protect them.

“Their most important job, for us at least, is pollination,” Jones said. “Of course, they’re doing that is sort of a side gig for them. They’re out there gathering up nectar to take back to the hive to create honey, which is their food, and they’re raising their youngsters. They need this honey, but they also use a bit of that pollen as part of their food supply as well turns into something they call bee bread. The pollination process is going on while they’re going from flower to flower to flower.”

Experts say every bee has a job to do, so when we say people are “busy as a bee” there’s a truth behind it.

They want kids to understand what bees do and not be afraid of them. The museum hopes people will bring kids to the exhibit to see why bees are so beneficial to humans.

“I think that makes for a well-rounded person, and a well-rounded community to have a good feel and appreciation for how things were in the past. And the progression of events and people through time up through the present. You have a better grasp of what went before you and appreciation, and we certainly want to understand things that happened in the past- good and bad. So we can move forward in the future and do it well,” Jones said.

On August 7, the museum will have a “We Love Bees” program at 11 a.m. for children ages 4-10.

The “Bees, Please” exhibit runs through August 20. The next exhibit will be called “Hook, Line, and Sinker” all about fishing.

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