Cooking Up the Past

Grades 4-8

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Cooking Up the Past allows students, grades 3 through 8 , to immerse themselves in local history, while completing tasks based in science, economics, social studies and mathematics. Students learn about farm life in early America with a focus on food origin, preparation and preservation. Each participant will experience the fun and the work of preparing food the old-fashioned way in the 1820s kitchen addition to the 1740 Guyon-Lake-Tysen House. Participants use reading and math skills to decipher original recipes. Students then explore a fully restored colonial era farmhouse and discover how food was preserved before the invention of electric refrigeration.

Length of Program: 90 minutes, led by a team of costumed interpreters. 

Targeted Subjects:

·     Lifestyles in communities are influenced by environmental and geographical factors.

·     People using human, capital and natural resources.

·     Scarcity of resources require people to make choices.

·     People depending on and modifying their environment.

·     Lifestyle in the colonies- comparison of different time periods.

·     Ways of making a living in local regions.

·     American history prior to the Civil War.


Cost of program:

$9.00 per student, 1 free adult ticket.

Title One Schools:

$7.00 per Student, 2 free adult tickets.

All school staff members may attend at no additional charge.


School Reservations Office: Monday-Friday, 8:00A.M-4:00P.M

(718)-351-1611 ext 280 | reservations@historicrichmondtown.org


Melissa Perez