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2017 Homeschool Programs

Each month, Historic New England offers a program for homeschool families at one of our properties. Most programs take place on either the third or fourth Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Our 2017 slate features many properties that do not usually host school programs, providing a unique opportunity for our valued homeschool audience. See a list of programs and register online below.

 

LYM homeschool 2017Tuesday, February 28: Green House and Green Thumbs

Lyman Estate, Waltham, Mass

As students explore the Lyman mansion and its lush greenhouses, they will learn how warm climate plants thrived for hundreds of years with the help of solar energy. Students will develop a "green thumb" by learning how to care for different plant species and create a paper greenhouse to take with them.

Capacity: 24 people

Ages: 6-12

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Tuesday, March 21:  Oceania in Salem: Art and Culture of the Pacific Islands
PHI homeschool 2017

Phillips House, Salem, Mass.

Disney's Moana introduces viewers to many aspects of ancient life in the Pacific Islands, from the demigod Maui and the many uses of coconuts to tapa (bark-cloth) and outrigger canoes. While living in Hawaii in the 1800s, the Phillips family developed a passion for Oceanic culture. During this program, explore items from their collection, listen to legends of Maui, and create a tapa stamp design.

Capacity: 24 people

Ages: 5-12

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COG homeschool 2017

Tuesday, May 16: An Abundance of Boxes, Ceramics, and Decoys: The ABCDs of Collecting at Cogswell's Grant

Cogswell's Grant, Essex, Mass.

The owner's of Cogswell's Grant were passionate collectors of American folk art and filled their summer home in Essex with treasures. During the program, participants will explore the house to discover stories of the past embodied in the pieces in display, try their hand at rug hooking, and create decorative boxes to hold their own collections.

Capacity: 24 people

Ages: 6-12

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Tuesday, May 23: Spring Time Exploration at Watson Farm
WAT homeschool 2017

Watson Farm, Jamestown, R.I.

Join in an in-depth exploration of the Watson Farm working landscape. The walkabout will include a visit with the Red Devon cattle and newborn calves, the sheep flock with their lambs, and a working dog demonstration with Kep the Border Collie. In addition, participants will investigate the shoreline, swamp, pond, compost pile, and hayfields and spin a wool bracelet to take home.

Capacity: 24 people

Ages: 5-12

Please note: This program takes place from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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EUS homeschool 2017
Tuesday, June 27: Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England

Eustis Estate Museum and Study Center, Milton, Mass.

Be among the first to visit the spectacular Eustis Estate, Historic New England's newest house museum. Explore the exhibition Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England to discover jewelry's unique role as a public display of personal history. Taking inspiration from the pieces in the exhibition, participants will create their own memento to take home.

Capacity: 24 people

Ages: 6-12

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Tuesday, July 18: The Camera's Eye: House and Garden Pictures and Painting
HAM homeschool 2017

Hamilton House, South Berwick, Maine

Use your camera eye to take in the landscape at Hamilton House as Elise Tyson did in the early 1900s. Be inspired by her photographs of the fields and gardens, and her portraits of family and friends, to pose for the camera inside and outside her home and garden cottage. Participants will take their own photographs and make a book of watercolor paintings in the garden.

Capacity: 24 people

Ages: 6-15

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GRO homeschool 2017


Tuesday, August 15: Architects and Artists at Gropius House

Gropius House, Lincoln, Mass.

Through the powerful story of Walter Gropius, his family, and friends, students will discover principles of Modern architecture and the Bauhaus Movement. Gropius House provides an authentic backdrop for a discussion about sustainable housing and efficient design as students become artists and architects when they design and build a small model home.

Capacity: 24 people

Ages: 6-15

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Tuesday, September 19: By the Sea: Art and Nature at Coolidge Point
CPT homeschool 2017

Coolidge Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.

In 1871, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge Jr., great-grandson of the president, purchased land with magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, now known as Coolidge Point. In this program, we will explore the site's collections and connections to early American history, and all participants will create a landscape painting on canvas.

Capacity: 24 people

Ages: 7-12

Please note:

  • Coolidge Point is not yet open to the public. Registered participants will receive more detailed directions and parking information closer to the program date.
  • Any parents wishing to paint must pay the full admission fee to cover the cost of materials.

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MER homeschool 2017
October, Date and Title TBD

Merwin House, Stockbridge, Mass.

Historic New England and the Housatonic Valley Association team up for a science and history-focused program. Date and more information to come.

Capacity: 24 people

Ages: 6-12

Online Registration Coming Soon


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 January, April, November, and December. Two programs are offered in May.

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

2017 Homeschool Programs