EXPERIENCING AMERICAN HISTORY
Our programs feature experiences with real objects in a real place. Getting close to primary sources like buildings, landscape and artifacts provides a tangible connection to the past. On tours, students are guided to strengthen their visual literacy and critical thinking skills through careful observation of historic spaces and the objects that furnish them. Student learning is enhanced when they participate in activities that engage multiple senses: they may card wool, weave on a loom, feel the warmth of the hearth fire, or enjoy the aroma of herbs growing in the cooks’ garden. Some programs feature a craft or project that students may take back to the classroom.
Field Trips to Historic Deerfield
Our museum’s educational programs are designed to offer teachers and students a chance to explore American history in a rural New England village setting. The activities enhance classroom learning through access to primary sources, historic artifacts, and buildings, and are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Common Core.
Students in grades K-12 discover what life might have been like in the farming community of Deerfield in the 18th and early 19th centuries through active learning. Our programs feature hands-on, skills-based lessons that improve visual literacy, critical thinking, and connecting the past with the present. Content emphasizes teamwork, observation, and analytical skills as students explore in a village landscape Historic Deerfield’s unique collection of historic houses and artifacts.
Historic Deerfield’s educational programs offer teachers and students a chance to explore American history in a rural New England village setting through the following K-12 school programs:
INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS:
Each field visit to Historic Deerfield is approximately 2.5 hours long with a rotation of prearranged activities. We require one adult for every ten students for grades 3–12, and one adult for every five students for grades Pre-K–2. Adults are expected to assist museum staff with supervision, and must remain with their group at all times. Field trips have a maximum of 50 students with the exception of the One-Room Schoolhouse programs, which has a maximum of 25 students.
Field trips can be customized upon request with additional activities and experiences.
Groups are encouraged to bring a bag lunch and picnic on the grounds outside Hall Tavern where there are picnic tables and public restrooms. There are also picnic tables inside the Harry Brown Barn in case of rain.
Rates: $6 per student. (Minimum field trip program fee is $60 with hearth cooking or $40 without hearth cooking.)
Please contact the School and Family Programs Coordinator at 413-775-7223, or email@example.com.
Once your program is confirmed, you will be sent a confirmation letter, information for teachers, and directions to Historic Deerfield.