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Sewing

Learn the classic art of sewing Program to Go at Your Site Historic New England offers a sewing program as a series of six to eight sessions. Student projects can include sewing a felt organizer for school supplies, making simple cotton bags and pillows, or working on a group...

Sheep to Shawl

Have a hands-on experience with wool Program to Go at Your Site Using the wool from the flock of sheep at Historic New England’s Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, students learn each step in the process of creating cloth. While they pick, clean, card, and spin wool by hand, they learn how...

Simple Machines at Casey Farm

What can we learn from machines on the farm? At Casey Farm or Your Site This program is the perfect complement to your GEMS-net or KITES-based Simple Machines unit. At Casey Farm or your site, students work with levers, pulleys, screws, and other simple machines as they have been...

Summer Fun Days

Join us for learning and fun all summer long At Casey Farm Casey Farm offers special one-day programs that engage your child in fun farm activities highlighting the history and science of farming and farm life. Each program is run by experienced camp counselors in a small group setting....

The Anti-Slavery Debates

Role-play the debates that led to Civil War At Roseland Cottage or Your Site Could you speak out against slavery if it meant risking your livelihood, your position in the community, or even your life? In 1850, pressured to support the Fugitive Slave Law or lose customers, Woodstock native...

The Case of the Empty House

Use historical evidence to solve a mystery At the Codman Estate Observation, deduction, and reasoning are the building blocks of critical thinking. Students, acting as detectives, learn these skills and use them first to examine four types of evidence (documents, photographs, objects, and the Codman Estate itself) and then...

Through a Child’s Eyes

What was life like for children in the late 1800s? Explore the Bowen’s Victorian household to learn about life in the second half of the 19th century from the perspective of the ten children who lived at Roseland Cottage.   Program Details Available weekdays, May through November, for Grades...

Unknown Hands: Everyday Life of Bostonians in 1800

Lifestyles of the wealthy and the working class At Otis House What was it like to live in Boston after the American Revolution? To learn about work, family, household, and neighborhood life as it was 200 years ago, students assume the roles of real working-class and wealthy Bostonians in...

What Is It?

Identify historic objects At Roseland Cottage or Your Site Students use critical thinking to identify everyday objects found in colonial American homes. They compare these objects to items in their own households. Program Details Available weekdays during the school year for Grades 3 – 9. Program lasts one hour...

Winter Ecology

How do people and animals adapt to winter? At Your Site In this program, students explore the unique ecology of winter in their classroom and the school yard. They compare the ways that modern and colonial humans, as well as wildlife and farm animals, have adapted to survive the...