Hearthcooking work shop in Museum Ed

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Times: The Village is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Workshop times vary.

Join us for our March 6 Home School Day! For this Home School Day, we’ll be exploring women’s history through hands-on and in-village activities. Participants will learn about well-known women of the 1830s as well as the not-so-well-known. Bake a cake with maple sugar and explore the contributions women made to the abolitionist movement, imitate the style of women artists, and more.

Home School Days offer you and your family the opportunity to explore the Village and participate in hands-on activities. Sign up for a workshop or explore the Village on your own using one of our many self-guides and scavenger hunts, available at both Museum Education and the Visitor Center.

Admission and Ticketing

On Home School Days, homeschoolers (ages 4-17) get in at the discounted rate $12 and one adult is admitted per home school youth at the discounted rate of $17. Additional adults above the 1-to-1-ratio are admitted at the full rate of $30. As always, members get into the Village for free.

The March 6th Home School Day falls within our Kids Free promotion (March 1 – April 28, 2024) where up to two kids, 17 years old or younger, are admitted for FREE per adult paying for full-price standard daytime admission ($30 at the door, $27 online for adults, $28 at the door, $25 online for seniors age 55 and over). The Kids Free promotion cannot be combined with the Homeschool parent discount ($15), please choose the best tickets for your family.

Workshops are an additional fee.

Click here to purchase Homeschool Day admission to the Village on March 6, 2024

Things to know:

Check back the week prior to the event for more information on in-Village activities.

Hands-On Workshops

9-Men’s Morris Board | 50 Minutes | $7

Register for 10:00 (Ages 8+)
Register for 11:00 (Ages 8+)

Learn the rules of the classic game 9-Men’s Morris and practice your skills. Then, make and decorate a wooden board to bring home with you! We’ll also look at the toys and games that children played in the 1830s, consulting the pages of The Boys’ Own and Girls’ Own books for ideas!

Hearth cooking: Butter Drops | 50 Minutes | $7

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

Follow a 19th-century “receipt” for butter drops, a tasty and buttery cookie. Together, you will mix up these little cakes and bake them in the open hearth. While they bake, we’ll talk about the chores and jobs women did during the 1830s, in the home and outside of it. Ingredients will include: flour, butter, eggs, rosewater

Maple Teapot Mat | 50 Minutes | $7

Register for 10:00 (Ages 8+)
Register for 11:00 (Ages 8+)

It’s March, which means it’s maple time! Practice your sewing skills as you create this small, sewn mat, perfect to place under a hot cup of tea. We will embellish our mats with a colorful maple leaf.

Printing and Paper Marbling | 50 Minutes | $7

Register for 1:00 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT
Register for 2:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT

Learn about the printing trade in the 1830s. Activities include making your own unique piece of marbled paper, using a printing press, and writing with a quill pen.

Make a Decorative Box | 50 Minutes | $7

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

In the 1830s, colorfully decorated pasteboard boxes were everywhere, and used for storing everything from sewing supplies to clothing. The Village’s collection contains many of these boxes, some decorated with shells and buttons, and signed by the woman who decorated it. Use papers, paints, shells, and beads to decorate your own keepsake box, while learning about the ways women learned and participated in the decorative arts in the 19th century.

Dirty Jobs | 50 Minutes | $7

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

Stories and Crafts: Daisy and the Doll | 50 Minutes | $7 

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

Enjoy storytime with a classic picture book, then try out a craft relating to the tale. This month’s stories will focus on the real lives of groundbreaking women from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Together, we’ll read this powerful story about Daisy Turner, a young Vermont girl who discovers her voice in the face of prejudice. The real Daisy Turner went on to become a well-known New England poet, so we’ll celebrate our own words in a poetry craft.

Stories and Crafts: Dinosaur Lady | 50 Minutes | $7

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

Enjoy storytime with a classic picture book, then try out a craft relating to the tale. This month’s stories will focus on the real lives of groundbreaking women from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Listen to this tale about Mary Anning, an early 19th-century British paleontologist who hunted for fossils, seashells, and bones in her seaside town. Then, we will explore some tales of scientific innovation from the 1830s and do a fossil craft with clay.

Stories and Crafts: Mae Among the Stars | 50 Minutes | $7

Register for 2:00 (Ages 5+)

Enjoy storytime with a classic picture book, then try out a craft relating to the tale. This month’s stories will focus on the real lives of groundbreaking women from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Together, we will read this lovely and inspiring book about Mae Jemison, the first Black woman to go into space.  We’ll talk a little about Maria Mitchell, an astronomer from the Village’s period, too, and then make a space-related craft to accompany the book.

Sheep Season!: Wally Does Not Want a Haircut | 50 Minutes | $7

Register for 10:00 (Ages 3-5) SOLD OUT
Register for 11:00 (Ages 3-5) SOLD OUT

During this workshop, meant for our younger friends, we will read the story Wally Does Not Want a Haircut, about a sheep who thinks his long wool is fine just the way it is. After reading the story, we’ll examine some real sheep’s wool and make a sheep craft.

Make a Collage Portrait | 50 Minutes | $7

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

For this workshop, we will take inspiration from a female portrait painter of the 1830s, Ruth Henshaw Bascom, to create portraits. Pastel and pencil self-portraits will be embellished with paper, foil, and ribbons. We’ll also look at some of Bascom’s portraits of New Englanders from the time period, and talk about the ways that women learned artistic skills.

March on the Farm | 50 Minutes | $7

Register for 1:00 (Ages 6+) SOLD OUT
Register for 2:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT

During this workshop, we’ll take a stroll out to the farm to see what is happening in the gardens and fields as the farmers prepare for spring planting. Maybe we will even see some lambs! After observing the farm and learning about the ways that men, women, and children helped to get the farm ready, we’ll plant a spring seed to take home.

Play with Clay | 50 Minutes | $7

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

People have been using pottery to hold and store food for a long time. Sometimes, the pottery is simple, and sometimes, it’s more decorative. We will learn about pottery in the 1830s and then hand-shape a piece of pottery to bring home using air-dry clay!

Make a Spaddle | 50 Minutes | $7

Register for 1:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT
Register for 2:00 (Ages 8+) SOLD OUT

Learn basic woodworking skills as you make this useful kitchen implement, a cross between a spoon and a spatula.

Hearth Cooking: Brooks Cake | 90 Minutes | $12

Register for 10:00 (Ages 9+) SOLD OUT
Register for 1:00 (Ages 12+) SOLD OUT

Follow a 19th-century “receipt” for Brooks cake, a cake made with maple sugar. To raise funds for the antislavery cause, Mary Brooks, Headmistress of the Concord Female Anti-Slavery Society, baked and sold her signature tea cake, widely known as Brooks Cake. It was served at all Concord, Massachusetts, anti-slavery meetings. Participants will make the cake and learn a little about women’s contributions to the anti-slavery movement. Ingredients will include: flour, maple sugar, butter, eggs, milk, currants

Make a Portfolio | 90 Minutes | $12

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

Participants in this workshop will make a portfolio to hold all of their art and writing. We will also marble paper to decorate the inside of the portfolio. While we create, we’ll talk about women authors of the 19th century, and the effect they had on literature and culture at the time.

Make a Miniature Rag Rug | 90 Minutes | $12

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

Coverings like carpets and canvas floorcloths were important to help protect a house’s floors from fires, dirt, and daily wear and tear. We will use scraps of wool and fabric to weave our own small rag rugs. While we weave, we’ll talk about the ways in which women were involved in the textile industry in the 1800s.

Make your Own Herbarium | 90 Minutes | $12

Register for 1:00 (Ages 9+)SOLD OUT

Pressing flowers, leaves, and herbs was a popular pastime in the 1800s, both as a way to preserve botanical elements from special days, as well as to help identify different plant species. During this workshop, we’ll make a pressed flower or herb card together and then learn how to continue the process at home. We’ll also look at pages from 19th-century poet Emily Dickenson’s herbarium and explore the ways women were involved in horticulture during the Village’s period.

Make a Butter Paddle and Butter | 90 Minutes | $12

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

It’s a butter extravaganza! Participants in this workshop will first hone their woodworking skills by making a butter paddle, a small spatula to help separate the butter from buttermilk. Afterwards, we’ll make our own butter and enjoy a snack while hearing about women’s role in dairying during the 1830s.

Village Tour: Women in the 1830s | 90 Minutes | $12

Register for 10:00 (Ages 6+)

March is Women’s History Month! Take a tour of the Village with an experienced educator to learn more about women in the 1830s. We will focus on the types of labor women did during this time, their involvement in social movements, and more. Please note: this tour involves a lot of walking and will last about 1.5 hours. Adults are welcome to join their child for this tour, but registration spots are for participants only.

 

 

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