How the Natives Lived
Who lived here before the colonists? Through sensory experiences, students actively
learn about the native peoples of Connecticut, including their housing, clothing,
tools, and games. Taking place in our colonial house, students will compare and
contrast Native American life to that of the colonists, thinking about the ways
the two groups would have interacted. Students will hear a traditional Native American
story and each make their own clay pinch pot to take home. Grades K-3. Program length:
1 hour. Fee: $6/student. Minimum: 18 students, Maximum: 60 students.
ADD ON! Native Cooking
What types of food did Native Americans eat? Further your students experience by cooking corn
cakes over an open fire! Add 1/2 hour to program, $4/student. Maximum: 60 students.
Sampler of Early American Life
What was it like to live in the 1700s? Students explore our historic house to learn
about colonial clothing, foods, and medicines, while also trying their hand at 18th-century
“women’s” and “men’s” work. Program led by costumed museum teachers. Grade 3 and
up. Program length: 1 1/2 hours. Fee: $7/student. Minimum: 18 students, Maximum:
ADD ON! Colonial Schoolhouse
What was colonial school like? Further your students’ experience by attending a
colonial school, using primers, slates, and quill pens. Add 1 hour to program, $4/student.
Maximum: 60 students.
ADD ON! Hearth Cooking
What types of food did colonial people eat? The ultimate
colonial experience! Students will help make “Flatjacks” over an open fire when
you add this element to any of our Sampler programs. Add $4/student.
A Day of Living History
How did colonial families live, work and play? A day in the life of a colonial character!
Students research and play the roles of families who lived in Noah Webster’s neighborhood
in 1774. Led by our costumed museum teachers, students move through our house while
doing chores, attending school, dancing, playing games, and cooking their own lunch
on an open hearth. Use of our pre-visit materials is required. Grade 4 and up. Program
length: 4 hours. Fee: $18/student. Minimum: 20 students, Maximum: 60 students.
What issues led to the American Revolution? At a 1774 town meeting, Hartford colonists
voted to stop trade with England in response to policies that they thought were
unfair. Role-playing Patriots versus Loyalists, the students move through our historic
house while discussing the issues of the day with our costumed museum teachers.
Then they have a chance to vote during their own 1774 town meeting. Use of our pre-visit
materials is required. Grade 5 and up. Program length: 1 1/2 hours. Fee: $9/student.
Minimum: 20 students, Maximum: 50 students.
Noah Webster: Language, Literacy & Legacy
How does Noah’s legacy continue to affect us today? This interdisciplinary program
combines language arts and history to look at how Noah Webster contributed to American
language and the way we learn. Students explore how language has changed over time
through group activities, discover Noah’s contributions to American education in
a 19th-century schoolhouse, visit our brand new exhibit, “Noah Webster: Defining
American,” and investigate historical objects in Noah’s childhood home. Grade 5
and up. Program length: 2 hours. Fee: $8/student. Minimum: 20 students, Maximum: