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How Good Are Your Manners?

Have you checked out the Good Manners: Everyday Etiquette Past and Present exhibit yet? This exhibit compares etiquette rules from the past to modern-day rules. My family and I stopped in to see how well we measured up.

Missmanners Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them.  ~Bill Kelly

Miss Minne Manners walks you through the ins and outs of etiquette. She explores manners through four areas of American life:

  • Table Manners
  • At Work
  • Out and About
  • Entertaining at Home

You can even email her any questions you might have about manners.

We learned that manners are not just a list of rules we need to follow, but rather a way to show other people that we respect them. The rules of etiquette have changed over the years, but the purpose has stayed the same. Whether you are dining with the president or meeting someone for the first time, knowing how to handle the situation properly can make the difference between developing the foundation for a relationship of mutual respect or being misunderstood.



Each area has displays showing items from various time-periods. A favorite of ours was the tableware section. We learned how to set a table for various situations. Who knew there were so many ways to set a table? Well we do now! My children loved setting the table with real dishes. While we were there we took pictures of some of the treasures hidden in the displays. We challenge you to find them in the exhibit when you come to visit.



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Maureen Spell is a former elementary school teacher who now has a classroom of 6 at home. She blogs at Spell Outloud sharing early education activities and homeschool highlights.