Family Ties at Pierce House

Learn how to tell your story

At Pierce House or Your Site

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Students learn how to conduct oral history interviews; examine historical documents, objects, and photographs; and design a family crest.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

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Program Details

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

At the Museum
Length: 2.5 hours
Maximum group size: 25
Cost: $100 for up to 14 students. $175 for 15 – 25 students.

At Your Site
Length: 1.5 hours
Maximum group size: 30 students per program
Cost: $125 for 1 program, $215 for 2 programs (same day), $305 for 3 programs (same day).

Type of Program: Field Trips, Programs to Go

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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