A mom and kids in the Fitch Kitchen

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Times: The Village is open 9:30 am - 5:00 pm on this day.

Join us for a celebration of fall during our October 7th Home School Day! For programming this month, we will draw inspiration from the harvest. Process apples into cider, cook and carve pumpkins, and explore fall activities on the farm. We will also feature a few programs focused on the Village’s new exhibit, New England on Parade.

Home School Days offer you and your family the opportunity to explore the Village and participate in activities. From games to woodworking, to nature exploration, this is a great opportunity for kids to gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way.

The health and safety of our visitors is our top priority, so this Home School Day will look a little different from past events. During this October Home School Day, some activities will take place outside. Others will take place in various buildings around the Museum’s campus. 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 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 October 7, 2021

Timed In-Person Programs (subject to change)

Things to know:

50-minute workshops

*Please note: participants in indoor activities are required to wear masks. If an activity is indoors, it is noted in the description below.*

Make a Parade Sash | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at Visitor Center

Register for 10:30 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT
Register for 11:30 (Ages 10+)

The Village’s new exhibition New England on Parade exhibition will examine the history of parades and parade traditions in New England from 1776 to 1940. It highlights the ways in which parades brought communities together for public celebrations and commemorations, while also addressing how parades were used to generate support for social and political causes. Participants in this workshop will get a short tour of part of the exhibit with curatorial staff, then make their own parade sash. (Please note: this activity will take place inside.)

Hearth Cooking: Apple Fritters | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets outside Museum Education  

Register for 10:30 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT
Register for 11:30 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT
Register for 1:30 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT

Follow a 19th-century receipt to make apple fritters, a kind of delicious apple pancake. While preparing this fall treat, participants will learn a little about food preservation in the 1830s and explore 19th-century cooking implements. (Please note: This activity will take place inside.)

Make a Spaddle | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets outside Museum Education  

Register for 10:30 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT
Register for 11:30 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT

Using handtools, create this useful kitchen implement that is part spoon, part spatula. (Please note: This activity will take place inside.)

Block Printed Tote Bags | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Sawmill

Register for 10:30 (Ages 8+)
Register for 11:30 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT

In the early 1800s, some cotton fabrics were decorated with patterns from cut wood blocks and rollers engraved with patterns. In this workshop, participants will examine some of the colorful and intricate textile patterns from the Village’s collection, then create their own block print or use one of ours to decorate a tote bag.

Dirty Jobs | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Sawmill 

Register for 10:30 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT
Register for 11:30 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT
Register for 1:30 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT

Life in the 1830s could be smelly, dirty, and messy. In this workshop, we’ll learn a little about various remedies and hygiene practices of 19th-century Americans, then make a small bar of soap using modern soap making methods.

Apple Theorem Painting | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at Museum Ed

Register for 10:30 (Ages 8+)
Register for 11:30 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT
Register for 1:30 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT

Fall is in the air! Flex your artistic skills as you make an apple-centric theorem painting. Theorem painting was a popular type of stenciling that utilized multi-piece stencils to create a 3D painting on velvet.

Make a Wooden Ox Toy | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Sawmill

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

Life for kids in the 1800s wasn’t all about work! This is a great introduction to woodworking for younger participants. We will sand and paint a wooden form to create a fun, wooden ox to take home. This toy is inspired by one in the museum’s collection.

Corn Husk Dolls | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Sawmill

Register for 10:30 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT
Register for 11:30 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT
Register for 1:30 (Ages 6+)

Corn was the most common grain grown in New England in the 1830s, and was usually saved for storage during the long winters. Participants will use the dried husks to create this traditional Native American toy.

All About Apples | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets outside Museum Education

Register for 10:30 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT
Register for 11:30 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT
Register for 1:30 (Ages 8+)

Let’s learn how families prepared food for the long winter. Participants will also try their hand at using a small cider press and then cut and string apples for drying. (Please note: This activity will take place inside.)

Fall Burlap Embroidery | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Gristmill 

Register for 10:30 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT
Register for 11:30 (Ages 6+)

Meant for small hands and first-time sewers, this workshop will teach participants basic stitching as they sew a fall-themed embroidery with yarn and leaves. See images of embroidery from the collection, too!

Stories & Crafts: Mrs. Maple’s Seeds | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Gristmill

Created especially for children ages 5 and up, participants in these workshops will read a story together and then do an 1830s-inspired craft, relating to the tale.

Register for 10:30 (Ages 5+) SOLD OUT

Together, we will read the picture book Mrs. Maple’s Seeds. Then, learn a little bit about the fall harvest season in the 1830s and make a leaf craft inspired by the story!

Stories & Crafts: The Museum | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Gristmill

Created especially for children ages 5 and up, participants in these workshops will read a story together and then do an 1830s-inspired craft, relating to the tale.

Register for 11:30 (Ages 5+) SOLD OUT

After reading the book The Museum, we’ll look at some works of art from OSV’s collection and then create our own work of art on a blank canvas.

Stories & Crafts: Kunu’s Basket | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets at the Gristmill

Created especially for children ages 5 and up, participants in these workshops will read a story together and then do an 1830s-inspired craft, relating to the tale.

Register for 1:30 (Ages 5+) SOLD OUT

Baskets were a very important object in the lives of New Englanders in the 1830s. Many baskets were made by Indigenous people who traveled throughout the area and sold their goods. We will read Kunu’s Basket, a story about Penobscot basketmaking traditions, and then do a little weaving ourselves.

Early 19th-Century Medicine | 50 Minutes | $5 | Meets in the Bullard Great Room 

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

Health and healing have come a long way in the past 200 years.  We will compare and contrast some of the changes in medical understanding and practice in the past 200 years, and look at some of the tools physicians used in the early 1800s. (Please note: This activity will take place inside.)


90-Minute Activities

Hearth Cooking: Making Gourd Soup and Biscuits | 90 Minutes | $10 | Meets Outside Museum Education 

Register for 10:30 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT
Register for 1:00 (Ages 10+) SOLD OUT

Follow a 19th-century “receipt” for gourd soup, a tasty, seasonal soup made from squash. Participants will make biscuits to enjoy along with the soup. Ingredients will include: squash, butter, onions, vegetable broth, bread, flour, salt (Please note: This activity will take place inside.)

Mini Tour of Historic Costume Office and Sewing Project | 90 Minutes | $10 | Meets at Herb Garden)

Register for 10:30 (Ages 11+)

Go behind the scenes of historic clothing office with the Museum’s costume historians. After exploring all the clothing, hats, and accessories that the Village has to offer, we will work on our sewing skills as you create a pocket. In the nineteenth century, pockets were an important and useful accessory that women wore under their dresses and held their personal items. (Please note: This activity will take place inside.)

Jack O’Lantern History | 90 Minutes | $10 | Meets at the Museum Education Lunchroom

Register for 1:30 (Ages 9+) SOLD OUT

Have you ever wondered about the folklore and history of the Jack O Lantern? Join us for a look into this cheerful topic, and learn a bit about how this Halloween tradition came to be. After some historic background and spooky stories told by one of the Village’s talented storytellers, carve your own pumpkin to take home. (Please note: This activity will take place inside.)


120-Minute Programs

Sleepy Hollow Tour | 120 Minutes | $5 | Meets Outside Museum Education | Limited to 12 Participants 

1:00 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT

Take an immersive trip around the Village with an experienced tour guide!  We will stop at spots around the Village similar to those mentioned in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and discuss the story and the actual history of each stop. This tour is great for both new visitors to the museum as well as those who have been here many times before. (Note: Adults do not have to attend this tour with their children. Emergency contact information will be taken if child attends this tour alone.)


In-Village Activities:

Check back the week of Home School Day for more information!

 

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