Educational Programs

The Society is pleased to host field trips.  

Presentations

Teachers choose three presentations (listed below) of interest to their students.  Students are arranged into three groups and rotate through presentations.  Presentations take approximately 25 minutes each and are appropriate for grades 3-5.

Reservations
Field trips must be arranged with the Society's Education Committee.  Please call us to inquire.

Parking
The Historical Society has nine reserved spaces behind our Stone Barn on Center Drive.  Students can enter through the gated courtyard to begin.

Chaperones
We suggest one adult chaperone for every 10-12 students.

 

Cost

Admission is free and subsidized busing may be available.

Restrooms
Restroom facilities are very limited.

Salem County in the Revolution

Meets State Goals:

Social Studies 6.4A, 6.4B; Language Arts 3.1H, 3.4AB

This program presents the experience of natives and residents of Salem County during the British occupation of the area in the spring of 1778.  This program includes costumed presentations from a loyalist woman living in Salem, a member of the local militia, and a soldier in the Jersey Blues in the Continental Army.  The program also includes activities such as making paper tri-corner hats, writing with a quill pen, and learning to march like a Colonial soldier.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the
Daughters of the American Revolution.

 

Salem County in the Civil War

Meets State Goals:

Social Studies 6.4A, 6.4B; Language Arts 3.1H, 3.4AB

This program will introduce students to the Civil War experience of Salem County natives and residents.  Students will receive firsthand accounts of the events of the war from the perspective of local residents who went to the war or experienced its impact on the communities in our region.  Students will learn about the equipment and uniforms of soldiers in the Union army from interpreters wearing the uniform and equipment.  Students will learn to identify unit badges and gain an understanding of the daily life of a Civil War soldier.  

 

This program is made possible in part by funds from the

Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

History's Mysteries

Meets State Goals:

Social Studies 6.1A, 6.4A, 6.4B; Language Arts 3.3A, 3.4A; Visual and Performing Arts 1.5A

Students venture into the Society’s stone barn for a peek at some of its historic carriages and machinery.  Tools used in modern times are compared to those of the Colonial era in a hands-on activity.  Students examine the older tools and try to guess their function and modern-day equivalent.  Time-permitting the students will look at other areas in the barn including the blacksmith area.

The Keeping Room

Meets State Goals:

Social Studies 6.1A, 6.4A; Language Arts 3.3A, 3.4A; Visual and Performing Arts 1.5A.

Students learn about domestic life during the Colonial period inside the museum’s oldest rooms dating from 1721. A docent will explain the importance of the hearth in the 1700s and will show examples of traditional cooking utensils. 

The Log Cabin

Meets State Goals:

Social Studies 6.4A, 6.4B; Language Arts 3.1H, 3.4AB

Students experience a one-room school of the mid-1800s inside an authentic period log cabin, reconstructed at our site in 2003.   Reproduction slates, chalk, battledores, hornbooks, and McGuffey Readers will be used by the children.  The students will be amazed at the types of lessons children were taught, the expectations of students from teachers, and the forms of discipline that were used 150 years ago. 

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