Contract for Poor Relief, Town of Sturbridge, Mass., June 4, 1821

School classes and home school groups are invited to join us for self-paced, interactive e-civics social studies programs from the comfort of home! Our e-Civics programs are an opportunity to test out some great classroom resources that meet many of the latest social studies standards for grades 5 and 8-12 in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Slavery and Abolition in the North

Designed for Scholars in 5th Grade

Through interactive activities and primary sources, students will learn about the ways in which the Northern states participated in the institution of slavery in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, as well as the ways that some people fought against this system.

Town Meeting

Designed for Scholars in 8th-12th Grade

This program focuses on the New England town meeting and the ways in which residents had their voices heard in their communities. Specifically exploring the topic of poor relief in the early 1800s, students will read through primary sources, collect opinions, and then debate the topic with their classmates.

About Old Sturbridge Village e-Civics Programs

Curricular Units include:

  • Lesson plans, ranging from 45 to 90 minutes in length
  • Short videos, filmed at Old Sturbridge Village and Coggeshall Farm Museum
  • Primary sources from the Old Sturbridge Village Research Library and other institutions, including memoirs, town reports, and images
  • Background readings for educators

If you have feedback on these programs, please fill out the Google form here. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at [email protected].

An outside photos showing two small stone structures, grass, and the bay at a distance

Slavery and Abolition in the North

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Town Meeting

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e-Civics Programming is Brought to You by:

Berkshire Bank FoundationBank ESBRhode Island Council for the HumanititesWebster Five LogoHanover Insurance Group
This program is also brought to you by the following trusts and funds:

  • William E. & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust
  • Beagary Charitable Trust
  • The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts


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