Family Ties at Pierce House

Learn how to tell your story

At Pierce House

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Students learn how to conduct oral history interviews; examine historical documents, objects, and photographs; and design a family crest.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.


Program Details

Available weekdays, year round, for grades 4 – 6.

Please note we have had to increase our prices, effective September 2022. This is our first increase for these programs since 2005.

Length:2.5 hours
Maximum group size: 25.
Cost: $200 for up to 20 students, and an additional $10/student for groups of 21-25.

Type of Program: Field Trips

Related Topics: Family

Curriculum Links

Connections to Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks

History and Social Science (August 2003 version)

Concepts and Skills: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Learning Standards: 3.8, 3.9, 3.12

Concepts and Skills: 1, 2, 3
View full frameworks from the Massachusetts Department of Education

English Language Arts and Literacy: Grade 4 (adopted March 2011, page numbers from Common Core linked below)

1 (p. 14)

2, 7, 9, and 10 (pp. 20-21)

1, 2, and 4 (p. 24)

View full Common Core State Standards for Language Arts and Literacy

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