In Class Programs If your class can't come to us, we'll come to you! Historic Richmond Town offers its "History on the Go" programs to enhance classroom learning with lively interactive lessons led by a costumed member of our trained interpretive staff. "History On the Go" lessons generally last for the equivalent of one class period. When booking a "History on the Go" program you will need to provide someone to meet the staff member at the door and a temporary parking permit. In addition to in-class programs, schools can book multi-media assembly programs in African-American History and Immigration History. All programs address points within the curriculum standards. For more details on the "History on the Go" program offerings, please see the descriptions below.
Making butter was a common chore for a family that kept cows. Students learn why people made this household staple, how it was made, and the important role butter played in early American cooking. They investigate a butter churn and then take turns helping to make butter. At the conclusion of the program, the students are rewarded with a sample of the fruits of their labor.
Chores and Fun (K-3)
Children played an important role in the household work of early America. In this program, students experience a range of barnyard and household chores, including beating a rug. They also discuss the changing balance of work and play. At the end of their chores, they are rewarded with the chance to play a game from the past.
Ready for Winter (2-5)
Before winter came, a family needed to have a pantry and cellar full of foods preserved and stored from the summer and fall harvests. In this program students discuss the variety of foods available before refrigeration and motorized transportation. They then learn how foods were prepared for storage and use in the winter months, and prepare some apples to be dried in the classroom.
Dressing the Part (2-5)
How people dress tells us a lot about their lives. This program challenges students to compare the fashion and function of their own clothes with the kind of clothing worn by nineteenth century children. They explore who wore what, when, and why. A few students model the look of the past for their classmates.
Life and Citizenship (3-5; can be adjusted for older grades)
This program introduces students to the role of people in the past as citizens and members of their communities. Students use various types of legal documents, including the Constitution, to discuss the interaction of individuals, community, and government from the late 1600s to the late 1900s. They also try signing their name with a quill pen as they might have done in early America.
Fiber to Cloth - (3-5)
Right in your classroom, a costumed educator facilitates a hands-on 1 hour lesson about the processes, materials and tools used in early America to produce homespun cloth. Students try carding wool, spinning, and weaving on a tape-loom. Designed to relate to Math, Social Studies and Language Arts curriculum and standards.
Thursday - July 4, 2013 11:00AMIndependence Day Celebration
Saturday - August 31, 2013 11:00AMRichmond County Fair 2013 8/31
Sunday - September 1, 2013 11:00AMRichmond County Fair 2013 9/1
Monday - September 2, 2013 11:00AMRichmond County Fair 2013 9/2
Monday - September 23, 2013 10:00AMVillage Flea Market
Saturday - September 28, 2013 1:00PM9th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day
Sunday - October 20, 2013 11:00AMOld Home Day
Friday - October 25, 2013 3:30PMHalloween in Richmond Town
Friday - November 29, 2013 1:00PMThanksgiving Kitchen Tour
Saturday - December 14, 2013 5:00PMCandlelight Tours
Saturday - December 21, 2013 5:00PMCandlelight Tours
Workshops and Classes
Wed., June 19, 2013After School Book Club
Wed., June 19, 2013English Country Dancing
Tue., June 25, 2013Square Dancing
Wed., June 26, 2013After School Book Club
Wed., June 26, 2013English Country Dancing