This program is held at the Museum during the academic year and summer.
Teachers and home educators may schedule programs at the Museum for students grades K-12. All programs are presented by museum staff.
Hearth and Home, hearth cooking, dairy, seasonal work
After discussing pre-industrial farm life, students experience some practical aspects.
Architecture, our historic district exemplifies New England Federal period architecture. Students make models, learn terms, talk a walk to observe Museum buildings.
Textiles, cloth-making and clothing of the early industrial period, weaving, and about those who went to work in the mills.
Remedies, home health as practiced in the early 1800s when Mother was the family nurse.
Agriculture, seasonally, our kitchen garden and grain field involve students in sustainable, pre-industrial food production. Learn about who grew what and why.
For Older Students: Museum as a Primary Source
Museum staff introduce
older students or teachers to the concept of primary sources using artifacts and images from the museum collection. Students learn techniques of “artifact and image reading” and how to go about independant research using museum as a resource.
For Younger Students: The Oxcart Man
This program is a delightful introduction to American history for very young children. It is based on the classic book of the same name. Children participate using hand carved wooden figures while learning about farm children’s contribution to their family in early New England. Program lasts one hour and is available on site at the museum or as an outreach.
How to Participate: Choose your activity/topic and call to plan the date and time. (Agriculture and other topics may be seasonal). A single activity session (2 hours in length) for a group of up to ten students is $75. A full day session (4.5 hours in length) for 30 students and up to three activities is $150. The longer session includes a museum tour.