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In Search of a Story

Massachusetts: Newbury & North Shore


Become an author of historical fiction while exploring the museum and landscape of the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. Students gain historical research skills by studying authentic documents in order to inspire their own creative writing. First, museum teachers visit the classroom to acquaint students with primary sources, including portraits, diaries, census records and maps. Later, during a visit to the farm, students use what they have learned to create an authentic setting for their stories, exploring the museum’s interiors, landscape, and artifacts to recreate a historical time and place.

Teachers may choose from two studies: the family of Nathaniel Tracy, Newburyport merchant during the American Revolution, or the family of Offin Boardman, merchants and farmers of the early Republic.

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Weekdays, April through December
Grades 4-9
Maximum Group Size: 50 students
Cost: $9 per student
Includes 1-hour program at your site and 2.5-hour visit to the museum



Type of Program:
Field Trips

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Telephone:(978) 462-2634

In Search of a Story