August 1-4, 2023
Early American Summer Days combines 19th century history with 21st century fun! Designed for ages 7-12, all sessions give children who have completed grades 1-5 a glimpse into the museum’s historical spaces and an opportunity to do themed activities and craft projects.
STEM & Archaeology
- August 1, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Participants will “dig” into the scientific method through the field of archeology. A series of hands-on activities will guide children through 19th
science, technology, engineering and math themes with historical information infused throughout the day. This session will include an exploration of tools, paleontology, and more. Toys & Games
- August 2, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Kids living on a farm during the 19th century did a lot of hard work but they also made time to play games like town ball and marbles. Have fun like they would have and make early New England-inspired toys to take home and participate in the “Narrow Sea Regatta,” a popular tradition of racing toy boats against fellow participants and teen counselors.Nature & Art
- Aug 2, 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Celebrate earth, nature and the change of seasons. Learn how a child may have experienced nature and art in 19th century New England. Visit the Village gardens, plant-a-seed to take home, make coil pottery, and end the afternoon with a cool, homemade ice cream treat with pure New England Maple syrup (non-dairy alternative available). Homestead on the Farm
- August 3, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Discover 19th century life on the homestead, dressing in 19th century clothing and living a day in the life of a 19th century family. Get a taste of how Johnny Cakes were made over the hearth fire, visit the Blacksmith shop, learn how to churn butter and dip candles, and meet livestock and other animals that would have lived on the family farm with you.
19th Century Stage - August 4, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Love to put on a show? Experience the joy of the stage from theatre professionals and historic interpreters. Dress in costume, attend acting and puppetry workshops, make musical instruments, sing songs and dance, and end the day with a short performance for family and friends.