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2016 Homeschool Programs

Once each month, join Historic New England at one of our properties for a program for homeschool families. Each program will be held twice: once from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and once from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Whether attending the morning or afternoon session, families are invited to have lunch at the property.

homeschool 2016 SOJTuesday, March 22: Amongst Friends: Sarah Orne Jewett and Her World

Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, South Berwick, Maine

In this program, students explore the creative side of the past through the life and work of writer Sarah Orne Jewett and her wide circle of artist friends. Like Jewett and her friends, students take inspiration from their surroundings, both natural and built, to create their own works of art.

Capacity: 24 people

Ages: 6-12

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Tuesday, April 26:  Colonial Times
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Arnold House, Lincoln, Rhode Island

Learn what early American settlement life was like through a series of interactive, hands-on activities set in seventeenth-century Arnold House. Students immerse themselves in early local history in an authentic setting, experiencing history firsthand while exploring Arnold House. Activities include candle-making and role-playing a Colonial classroom.

Capacity: 40 people

Ages: 6-12

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Tuesday, May 24: Dirt Detectives

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, Massachusetts

Students become archaeologists as they excavate a mock pit with actual tools of the trade and process reproduction artifacts in a field lab. Inside the museum, they explore building archaeology via trap doors. They analyze objects to learn about daily life at the farm over the last three hundred years.

Capacity: 50 people

Ages: 5-15

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Tuesday, June 21: Rally 'Round the Flag
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Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, Connecticut

Rally 'Round the Flag brings the history of the Civil War era to life. Students engage in interactive, hands-on activities to explore the people and events of the Civil War at historic Roseland Cottage. Students help construct a pontoon bridge, practice signal wig-wag, and learn a mustering drill.

Capacity: 75 people

Ages: 6-12

Rain Date: Tuesday, June 28

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Tuesday, August 23: Family Ties

Pierce House, Dorchester, Massachusetts

Everyone has a history worth recording. Family Ties provides students with the tools to tell their stories. During the program, students learn how the Pierce family preserved their ancestral home in Dorchester and other family treasures through ten generations. Students learn how to conduct oral history interviews, examine historical documents, objects, and photographs, and design a family crest. Afterward, students apply these techniques to make family albums that chronicle their own families' pasts and record daily lives.

Capacity: 24 people

Ages: 6-12

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Tuesday, September 27: Play and Work
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Codman Estate, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Teenager Dorothy Codman and her nursemaid Marie-Reine Lucas take students on an interactive house tour. Students converse with the past and consider how life was different for the Codman family and their staff of domestic servants. Learn about changing technology and the work done behind the scenes to support such a luxurious lifestyle. Help with household chores and enjoy leisurely painting with water colors on the veranda

Capacity: 24 people

Ages: 5-15

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Wednesday, October 26: At the Bay

Casey Farm, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

The salt pond and cobble beach at Casey Farm offer exciting settings to explore the diversity of life along Rhode Island's greatest natural treasure: Narragansett Bay. Students learn about fresh and saltwater wetlands and then discover the wide variety of organisms that live in the salt marsh, salt pond, and cobble beach. The Jamestown Bridge provides a backdrop to a discussion of human influences on the Bay.

Capacity: 40 people

Ages: 5-14
Please Note: Program involves a 15-minute hike over uneven terrain to a rocky beach which is not suitable for strollers or toddlers.

Rain Date: Thursday, October 27

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Tuesday, November 22: First Settlers, Early Colonists
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Coffin House and Swett-IIsley House, Newbury, Massachusetts

Celebrate Thanksgiving by exploring early local history in an authentic seventeenth-century setting. Museum teachers guide students in role-playing real characters who lived and worked in the 1660s, allowing them to experience tasks that children their age had to master as members of their “Little Commonwealth,” such as butter churning and wool spinning.

Capacity: 24 people

Ages: 7-11

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For each program:

  • The program cost for each child is $15 for nonmembers/$10 for Historic New England members. One adult per group is admitted free, any additional adults pay full price.
  • The appropriate age range for each program differs; please check the program descriptions.
  • Children MUST be accompanied by an adult; these are not drop-off programs.
  • Strollers and backpack carriers are not permitted in the house museums.
  • There will be no program offered in July and December.

There must be a minimum of 5 children registered for programs to run. Full payment is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable (unless program is cancelled by us due to under-enrollment). No registrations will be accepted on the day of the program.

Questions? Email Education@HistoricNewEngland.org

2016 Homeschool Programs