HANDS-ON HISTORY PROGRAMS
Hands-on history programs can be integrated into your school field trip and are available for an additional $1 per student and last about 20-30 minutes, depending on group size. Hands-on history programs are normally held in the Museum’s on-site classroom in Dugan Hall. The topics listed below are currently under review. Contact us to make sure the programs you want are still being offered.
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.