For Grades 1-5
Let the Huntington Historical Society bring an educational program to your school. Our “History-to-Go programs bring colonial history right into your classroom, offering your students a way to experience history in a truly hands-on fashion that reinforces New York State’s Social Studies curriculum for grades 1 to 5 and is BOCES-approved. Currently we offer two History-to-Go programs: “From Sheep to Shawl” which gives students a hands-on opportunity to transform wool into clothing, and “A Child’s Life in Colonial Huntington” where students experience life in colonial days by playing with colonial toys and performing period children’s chores such as butter churning and weaving.
From Sheep to Shawl (our newest offering)
Our educator, “Miss Diane,” in full colonial garb transports your students back in time by teaching the ancient art of spinning wool into yarn. Miss Diane will discuss the history of wool and the colonial child’s role in the process while she spins wool into yarn on her own spinning wheel. Students will then get hands-on time carding wool, spinning wool into yarn themselves using drop spindles, and perform cork knitting.
A Child’s Life in Colonial Huntington
- Playing with wooden toys of the era
- Butter churning
- Writing on a slate board
- Wool carding
- Carrying water buckets using a yoke
- Weaving using a lap loom
- Quill writing
These programs usually last 45 minutes with a capacity of up to 25 students per session to ensure a truly “hands-on” experience for the students. We can accommodate multiple classes by repeating the program for each class. We will discount the cost of additional sessions given on the same day. We can also customize a program to your specific needs.