Outreach Programs

Let us come to you!

Our Out-Reach Programs provide students with interactive experiences right in the classroom. Each presentation or “session” is delivered by one of our museum teachers and is designed for up to 30 students. Fees: For the first session, within a 20-mile radius $120, 40-mile radius $145, 60-mile radius $170. $75 for each additional session. Roundtrip mileage charged for each museum teacher sent.

Native American Life

Who lived here before the colonists? Through object exploration and sensory experiences,students actively learn about the native peoples of Connecticut, including theirhousing, clothing, tools, food and games. For grades Pre-K-3. Session length: 1hour.

Colonial Amusements

How did colonists make their work more enjoyable and find time for fun? Childrenlearn about colonial life by playing colonial games such as Morrice and Lucy Lockettand with toys such as a Jacob’s Ladder, ball and cup, button buzzer, and top. For grade 1 and up. Session length: 1 hour.

Reading Artifacts

What can objects tell us about 18th-century life? By seeing and touching reproduction18th-Century items related to food, school, clothing, and amusements, students willdiscover how colonists met their basic needs and also had fun. For grade 1 and up.Session length: 1 hour.

Reading, Writing and Ciphering

What were colonial schools like? Our costumed museum teacher uses colonial educationalmethods such as spelling bees, copies of colonial primers, slates and quill pensto teach your students what colonial school was like. For grade 3 and up. Sessionlength: 1 hour.

Colonial Dance

What was a colonial dance class like? 18th-century dance masters traveled throughoutConnecticut teaching new dance steps and deportment. Today’s students learn thebasic dance steps, manners, attitudes and culture surrounding dance from one ofour own “dance mistresses.” For grade 3 and up. Session length: 1 hour.

Primary Resources

What are primary sources and how do historians use them? In this participatory workshop,students learn about the past by examining reproduction 18th-century primary sourcesincluding wills, inventories, letters and newspaper ads. For grade 4 and up. Sessionlength: 1 hour.

African-American Primary Resources

What do we know about the lives of African-Americans in 18th-century Connecticut?Using Bristow as an example (Bristow is the only African-American with a gravestonein West Hartford’s Old Center Burying Yard), students investigate primary sourcesto explore what life might have been like for African-Americans in colonial Connecticut.For grade 4 and up. Session length: 1 hour.

A Day of Living History Pre-Visit Program Use this program with the museum program called “A Day of Living History”

To prepare your students for their visit to the museum, one of our museum teacherswill help them investigate primary resources to learn about 18th-century life. Thestudents will research real people who lived in Noah’s neighborhood in 1774 andtake on these roles during their field trip. For grades 4-8. Program length: 1.5hours

A Day of Living History Post-Visit Program Students must have attended the on-site “A Day of Living History” program

In continuation of the theme of learning 18th-century life, students will demonstratetheir ability to recall the educational activities they engaged in at the Noah WebsterHouse while thinking historically by placing themselves in the time period. Forgrades 4-8. Program length: 1.5 hours