There will be two sessions running concurrently, one for grades K-6 and one for grades 7-12.
Grades K-6. How did families in colonial Connecticut store food without refrigeration? What did students learn in school and what tools did they use? What kinds of chores did kids do at home or on the farm? How did families stay warm in winter or cope with illnesses?
This program explores family life and work by having students doing things the way colonial families did, including trying on reproduction clothing and experiencing the living spaces of Strong-Howard house, trying out the tools kids used at home and school, preparing colonial remedies in Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee’s apothecary, and even “shopping” in Captain Howard’s store!
Grades 7-12 will learn about colonial life in Connecticut through hands-on exploration that focuses on the question: “How do we know what we know about the past?”
Students will see centuries-old documents and objects to learn how historians use these items to tell the stories of the past. The program gives students the opportunity to examine handwritten personal accounts of life in CT’s past; explore the 17th-century Palisado Cemetery to understand burial practices and gravestone symbolism; learning about Galenic medical theory at Dr. Chaffee’s apothecary, and discovering how human activity has shaped the local environment.
$5/child, parents free.