Saturday, March 23; Saturday, March 30

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

Cost: Included with standard daytime admission or Village membership. Up to two kids (4-17) are admitted for FREE per adult/senior paying full price; see details below.

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How did early 19th-century women see themselves? How did society view the woman’s sphere? How do we view their lives today? Join Old Sturbridge Village as we acknowledge and celebrate extraordinary and everyday women in the early 19th century. Hear the stories of early women missionaries like Sarah Joiner Lyman and Hannah Moore, learn about the inspiring story of Prudence Crandall and her students, listen to a discussion about anti-slavery societies, learn about 19th-century midwifery, see special demonstrations, and more.

Several hands-on workshops are also scheduled for March 30th! Pre-registration is required for these workshops; see details below.

Schedules and more details coming soon.

Standard Daytime Admission

This March and April, up to two kids, 17 years old or younger, are admitted for FREE when accompanied by an adult/senior paying standard daytime admission. Save even MORE ($3 per person) by purchasing your tickets online! Restrictions apply; Learn more.

Daytime Admission Rates Online:

Adults $27.00
Seniors (55 and over) $25.00
Youths (4-17) $12.00 (Up to two are admitted for FREE per adult/senior paying full price)
Children (Age 3 and under) FREE

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Daytime Admission Rates At the Door:

Adults $30.00
Seniors (55 and over) $28.00
Youths (4-17) $15.00 (Up to two are admitted for FREE per adult/senior paying full price)
Children (Age 3 and under) FREE

Hands-On Workshops (March 30th only)

The following workshops take place in the Museum Education building. Pre-registration is required.

Make a Collage Portrait | 50 Minutes | $7/person

Sign up for 11:00 (Ages 6+)
Sign up for 1:00 (Ages 6+)

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! Note: This is not a drop-off program. If you sign up your child or teen for this workshop, a parent or guardian must remain at the Museum Education building during the workshop for safety reasons.

Carding and Weaving | 50 Minutes | $7/person

Sign up for 11:00 (Ages 6+)
Sign up for 1:00 (Ages 6+)

Though the 1830s were a time of transition from homespun wool and woven fabrics, women still played a central role in the production of textiles at home and in factories. Through hands-on activities like carding, spinning, and weaving, learn about the roles that women played in the textile industry. Note: This is not a drop-off program. If you sign up your child or teen for this workshop, a parent or guardian must remain at the Museum Education building during the workshop for safety reasons.

Hearth Cooking: Make it with Maple | 50 Minutes | $7/person

Sign up for 11:00: Brooks Cake (Ages 6+)
Sign up for 1:00: Maple Tunbridge Cakes (Ages 6+)
Sign up for 2:00: Maple Tunbridge Cakes (Ages 6+)

Many of the receipts, cookbooks, and advice literature of the early 1800s were written by women. During this workshop, participants will work together to prepare maple receipts in front of an open fire. While our treat bakes, we’ll examine period cookbooks and talk about the lives of these ordinary and extraordinary women. Note: This is not a drop-off program. If you sign up your child or teen for this workshop, a parent or guardian must remain at the Museum Education building during the workshop for safety reasons.

Hands-on: Academy Art | 50 Minutes | $7/person

Sign Up for 2:30 (Ages 6+)

During the Village’s period, many young women attended female academies or seminaries to receive a higher education. At these academies, women often learned traditional topics like mathematics and language, but also learned to perfect their decorative art skills like painting and embroidery. After seeing some items from the Village’s collection at XX time, come and create your own academy-inspired artwork! Note: This is not a drop-off program. If you sign up your child or teen for this workshop, a parent or guardian must remain at the Museum Education building during the workshop for safety reasons.

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