Our school programs offer a glimpse into what life was like for children living during colonial times in our Conklin Farmhouse (A Visit to Colonial Huntington) and Dr. Daniel Kissam House (A Child’s Work and Play) Museums. Each program provides specific information and hands-on demonstrations which meet New York State Curriculum Requirements for Social Studies. Additional programs include our “History to Go” in-school program and two programs conducted by a professional Revolutionary War Re-enactor: “A Common Foot Soldier in General Washington’s Continental Army” and “A Revolutionary War Field Doctor.” All of the Society’s school programs are BOCES approved.
The Passport to the Past summer camp is an extremely popular program offered for three separate sessions at our Kissam House Museum and Barn. Children enjoy and participate in weaving, candle making, embroidery, historic re-enactments, demonstrations and even historic food preparation like churning butter and bread baking. Campers also take part in a variety of old fashioned games and activities while learning about the Kissam Family and the everyday lives of the people who first settled in this historic area of the Village Green.
Our Lecture-to-Go Series offer a diverse selection of interesting topics in the intimate setting of our Conklin Barn. Boat tours of the Van Wyck-Lefferts Tide Mill are a unique educational experience which explores one of the country’s best preserved tide mills.
Quilting classes held in the unique Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building are offered to both adults and older children, and our educational outreach events, such as the Spring’s Sheep to Shawl Festival and the Fall Apple Festival, bring families together to experience old fashioned fun while learning about the traditions and trades of early Huntington families.
The Huntington Historical Society is appreciative of the support it receives for its educational programs from the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County and New York State. Thank you to Supervisor Frank Petrone and members of the Huntington Town Council; Suffolk County Legislator Jon Cooper, New York State Senators John Flanagan and Carl Marcellino, as well as New York State Assemblymen, Andrew Raia and Jim Conte.