FIELD TRIPS

Please call 860-456-2178 to arrange field trips by appointment. The cost is $4.00 per student and chaperone (no fee for teachers). Tours are given by trained Museum docents and last about 1.5  hours.

HANDS ON HISTORY

ON-SITE SLIDE PRESENTATIONS

HANDS ON HISTORY PROJECTS

are available for $1 per student and last about 20 – 30 minutes, depending on group size.

Bag lunches may be eaten in the River Park or Garden on the Bridge across the street or in the museum during inclement weather.

Groups of up to 120 can be accommodated for tours.

GRADES 3 THROUGH 6 – SPIN AND WEAVE

Students will learn to weave yarn on cardboard looms and craft a woven piece of cloth approximately 3×3 inches.

GRADES 3 THROUGH 6 – IMMIGRATION TO AMERICA

Students will reenact being processed as a European immigrant arriving through Ellis Island in the early 20th century. The museum provides simulated travel documents or blank documents to allow the students to create their own immigration documents as a pre-visit activity.

GRADES 4 THROUGH 6 – ASSEMBLY LINE ACTIVITY

Students will develop an understanding of the effectiveness of mass production. Individual students will follow instructions and build a structure. Then, in assembly line groups, students will specialize and experience how many more pieces can be produced.

GRADES 4 THROUGH 6 – ON THE JOB TRAINING IN THE BOX SHOP

Students will follow directions and experience their first day working in the mill making paper thread boxes.

GRADES 4 AND UP – WALKING TOUR

Students will take a guided tour around the industrial mill village, which includes worker’s company houses, mill buildings and the Willimantic River.

 

Most of the above activities and presentations are easily adapted for a classroom visit. Please call for fees and availability.

Most of the activities and presentations below are easily adapted for a classroom visit.

Please call for fees and availability. 

GRADES 6 AND UP  – THE COTTON BOOM

Illustrates the run of the mill through a tour of the Willimantic Thread Company

GRADES 6 AND UP  – VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE

The many styles of residential and commercial architecture in the Willimantic area.

GRADES 7 THROUGH TWELVE – SWEATSHOP LABOR: PAST AND PRESENT

Join us for our monthly fun and educational event.

Kids Club is designed for school-aged children from age 5 to 12. Younger children are welcome to participate with their parents. The programs are planned by Bev York, the Museum’s Director of Education. Events are open to non-members at a small fee.

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