Play and Work: Two Sides of History at the Grange

A day in the life at the turn of the century

At the Codman Estate

Play and Work gives students the chance to experience a day in the life of a prominent family at the Codman Estate in turn-of-the-century Lincoln, Massachusetts. Teenager Dorothy Codman and her nursemaid, Marie-Reine Lucas, take students on a highly interactive, behind-the-scenes house tour that lets them converse with the past and consider how life was different for the Codman family and their staff of domestic servants.

The program continues with watercolor sketching on the front lawn and lemonade making in the carriage house, giving students a sense of both leisure and labor at the estate. It concludes with an optional picnic lunch, followed by a garden tour and historic photo scavenger hunt.


Program Details

Available weekdays, April – October. Maximum group size: 45 students.

Length: 2.5 hours (without lunch)


An optional one hour pre-visit lesson in your classroom is also available.

Type of Program: Field Trips, Summer Programs

Related Topics: Family

Curriculum Links

History and Social Science

Through interactive presentations by museum teachers, group discussion, and inquiry-based exploration of museum spaces and objects, students fulfill the following standards for grades 3 through 5:

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

English Language Arts and Literacy

Students engage in conversation with museum teachers portraying historical persons, and thereby fulfill the following Speaking and Listening Standards for grades 3 through 5:

Visual Arts

Students make watercolor sketches of the landscape and natural objects following the instruction of a museum teacher and thereby fulfill the following visual arts standards:

Learning Standards 1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 2.7, 2.11

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