It’s springtime and the Village’s gardens and nature walks are coming to life again. Leaves are budding on the trees, and there are babies on the farm. Our hands-on workshops this month will give participants a chance to draw inspiration from nature and get their hands dirty.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Join us for our November 3 Home School Day! Did you know that November 8 is National STEM Day? Many people know Old Sturbridge Village is a great place to learn about history, but there are also a lot of opportunities to learn more about science and math. From the Village’s geology, to the chemistry of making clay into pottery, many of our activities on this day will focus on connections between history and science. In addition, our other workshops will look at the bounty of the fall harvest and consider how to keep warm during the impending winter.

Try out one of our Make History Guides as you explore on your own or sign up for a special hands-on workshop at the Museum Education Center (see below).

The health and safety of our visitors is our top priority, so this Home School Day will look a little different from past events. Some of the workshops below take place inside Village buildings where masks are required. Others will take place outside, weather permitting. Participants will have their own supplies, which will be cleaned and sanitized between groups. Register for one of the in-person programs with the Village’s knowledgeable staff or explore the Village on your own using self-guides, scavenger hunts, and more.

You can read more about our policies regarding COVID-19 and purchase/reserve your tickets here.

Please note: Due to construction on the Village’s horse barn, there will be no carryall rides available to visitors during the week of November 1. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please also note:

Admission and Ticketing

On Home School Day, homeschoolers (ages 4-17) get in at the discounted rate $10 and one adult is admitted per home school youth at the discounted rate of $15. Additional adults above the 1 to 1 ratio are admitted at the full rate of $28. As always, members get into the Village for free.

Click here to purchase/reserve tickets for November 3, 2021

Timed In-Person Programs (subject to change)

Things to know:

Into the Archives! | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Herb Garden

Register for 10:30 (Ages 13-17)
Register for 1:00 (Ages 13-17)

Explore the Village’s extensive Research library with a professional! We will look at the types of materials in the collection, how they are stored, and what they tell us. We will discuss the importance of sources, how to tell what are good sources, and where we can find sources-both online and in person.  Please note: this activity will take place inside.

Behind the Scenes in the Village’s Collections | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Herb Garden

Register for 11:00 (Ages 13-17)

Join a member of the Curatorial staff behind the scenes to learn about how the museum cares for its collection of over 40,000 early American objects. Learn about how staff approach challenges and conundrums like housing fragile objects, dealing with objects “found in collection” without documentation, and more! Please note: this activity will take place inside.

Open-Hearth Cooking: Carrot Fritters | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at Museum Education

Register for 10:00 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT
Register for 11:00 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT
Register for 1:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT

Enjoy the bounty of the harvest with this unusual treat. Together, we will follow a 19th-century “receipt” for carrot fritters. We will also learn how people measured out their ingredients for cooking!

Ingredients will include: carrots, butter, orange, flour, milk, sugar

Please note: this activity will take place inside.

Play with Clay | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets outside the Pottery Shop

Register for 10:00 (Ages 6+)  SOLD OUT
Register for 1:00 (Ages 6+)  SOLD OUT

Even though pottery is made from something as simple as clay, the soft clay goes through a chemical transformation to become something you can eat or drink from. We will learn about pottery in the 1830s, as well as the science behind its transformation and the mechanics of a potter’s wheel. Then, hand-shape a piece of pottery to bring home using air-dry clay.

Candles and Tin Candleholder | 50 Minutes | $7 | Meets at Museum Education

Register for 10:00 (Ages 8+)  SOLD OUT
Register for 11:00 (Ages 8+)  SOLD OUT
Register for 1:00 (Ages 8+)  SOLD OUT

Craft a small candleholder out of tin and make a set of hand-dipped candles to go along with it. We will learn about the different types of lighting that people used in the 1830s and experiment to see which one is brightest. Please note: this activity will take place inside.

Stories & Crafts: Six Dots: A Story of a Young Louis Braille | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Flagpole on the Common

Register for 10:00 (Ages 5+)  SOLD OUT

Together, we will read this picture book about Louis Braille, the French educator and inventor who developed the Braille system of reading for the visually impaired in the 1820s. After the tale, we will learn about communication in the early 1800s and create a tactile craft.

Stories & Crafts: A Seed is Sleepy | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Flagpole on the Common

Register for 11:00 (Ages 5+)  SOLD OUT

Learn about the secret life of a seed as we read this beautifully illustrated story. Then, we will take a look at one of the Village’s gardens and make a seed mosaic.

Stories & Crafts: Anna Strong: A Spy During the American Revolution | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Flagpole on the Common

Register for 1:00 (Ages 5+)  SOLD OUT

Have you heard about Revolutionary War-era spies? In this tale, we will learn about the brave Anna Strong, the only known woman who was a part of Washington’s Culper Spy Ring. After the story, sew your own secret code journal and write encrypted messages.

Make a Quilt Square | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at Museum Education

Register for 1:00 (Ages 5+)  SOLD OUT
Register for 2:00 (Ages 5+)  SOLD OUT

Join a Museum Educator to read The Quilt Story, by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola. After we read this classic tale, we will learn a little more about textiles in the 1830s, look at images of quilts from OSV’s collections, and then make our own quilt square from fabric and fabric pens.

Make a Decorative Fall Plate | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at Museum Education

Register for 10:00 (Ages 10+)  SOLD OUT
Register for 11:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT
Register for 1:00 pm (Ages 8+) – SOLD OUT

In the 1830s, New England stores were stocked with products from all over the United States and the world. One of the items New Englanders might purchase would be ceramic plates, bowls, and cups, often made in England. Some ceramics were plain, but others were more elaborate with landscapes and figures. We will decorate our own plates using ceramic paints, inspired by period designs.

Make a Jacob’s Ladder | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at Museum Education

Register for 10:00 (Ages 8+)– SOLD OUT
Register for 11:00  – SOLD OUT
Register for 1:00 (Ages 8+)  SOLD OUT

Working with wood and ribbons, make a Jacob’s Ladder, a toy from the 1800s. Participants will learn stories, tricks, and visual illusions to do with this popular game piece.

Cold Season | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at Museum Education

Register for 10:00 (Ages 6+)  SOLD OUT
Register for 11:00 (Ages 8+)  SOLD OUT
Register for 1:00 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT

In the 1800s, people didn’t have the same ideas about illness and medicine that we do today. There was no theory about germs yet! As cold season rolls in, we will learn about how people treated ailments using herbal medicine and other cures you may have never heard of. We will also explore some of the ways that 19th-century people kept warm during the freezing winter. Please note: this activity will take place inside.

Timberframing | 50 Minutes | FREE | Meets at the Center Meetinghouse

Register for 11:00 (Ages 8+)  SOLD OUT
Register for 2:00 (Ages 8+)  SOLD OUT

Try your hand at assembling a scaled-down version of a timber-frame structure in the Village! Participants will take a look at the Village’s newest building, the cabinet shop, and then work together to erect the miniature timber-frame.

Geology Tour of OSV | 90 Minutes | $10 | Meets at the Gristmill

Register for 10:30 – 12:00 (Ages 13-17) – SOLD OUT

Learn about the geological history of the area surrounding Old Sturbridge Village. As we walk through the Village, we will look at the mineral and stone deposits that were useful to industries in the 1830s. Check out geological formations around the campus that you’ve never noticed before.

Edible Plants | 90 Minutes | $10 | Meets at the Flagpole on the Common

Register for 1:00 – 2:30 (Ages 13-17) SOLD OUT

In this workshop, students will research the differences between heirloom, hybrid, and genetically modified plants. We’ll examine the pros and cons of each, and talk about gardening methods and changes during the early 1800s.

Make a Quilt Square | 90 Minutes | $10 | Meets at Museum Education

Register for 10:30-12:00 (Ages 13-17)

Designed for older students with a little prior sewing experience, participants in this workshop will look at textiles in the Museum’s collection and then choose their own fabric, cut, iron, and piece together a quilt square. Please note: this activity will take place inside.

Extended Cooking: Winter Vegetable Soup | 90 Minutes | $10 | Meets at Museum Education

Register for 10:30-12:00 (Ages 10+)  SOLD OUT

Follow a 19th-century “receipt” for winter vegetable soup, a hearty dish full of root and other late-season vegetables. Along with the soup, we will prepare fried bread as a delicious and buttery accompaniment.

Ingredients will include: carrots, onions, potatoes, parsnips, turnip, celery, butter, vegetable stock, herbs, bread

Please note: this activity will take place inside.

 

Homeschoolers participate in a hands-on workshop

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