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The Lowell Institute awarded Historic New England a $25,000 grant to support educational programming for Boston Public Schools students at the Otis House in Boston. A longtime donor, the Lowell Institute has supported Historic New England’s efforts to serve Boston schoolchildren through creative educational programming for more than two decades.
Programs like Unknown Hands introduce students to the everyday lives of real Bostonians in the 1800s through role play and primary source documents. Students assume the roles of various characters, from washerwoman to servant, wealthy merchant to housewife, to learn how different demographic and social classes interacted with each other in the house and in the community. Learn more about how Historic New England brings history to life through school and youth programs on-site, in the classrooms, at after school programs, through summer camps, and more.
Historic New England’s educational programming at the Otis House and at Pierce House in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood serve thirty-five percent of all Boston Public Schools.