The following are our school tour descriptions:
The Mansion in the Revolutionary War (90 minute tour)
Students explore the mansion floor by floor, discussing late Colonial and Revolutionary American history. This tour examines the chronology and details of General George Washington's stay at the mansion during the 1776 Battle of Harlem Heights. Students will engage in inquiry based learning, as well as participating in small group work discussions with hands-on object based learning in mansion's Colonial Kitchen.
Recommended for 4th grade and up.
S&S #4.3b, 4.3c, 4.3d, 7.3a, 7.3b, 7.3c, 7.3d, 11.1a, 11.1b, 11.2a, 11.b
Colonial Life and the Mansion (60-90 minute tour)
Students are guided on a exploration of the mansion’s Colonial period rooms and kitchen. This tour can be tailored to any grade level, focusing on family and community life in the 18th and 19th centuries. Students will make connections between the past, present and the evolution of the city itself by comparing and contrasting life in Colonial times with our contemporary world.
Recommended for grades K and up.
S&S #2.1 a, 2.1b, 2.1c, 2.6a, 2.6b, 2.7a, 7.2c, 7.2d
Additional Art Activities
Cost: $3 per student in addition to tour cost.
Make a Revolutionary War Cipher
This art activity complements best with the Mansion in the Revolutionary War program. The educator will lead a discussion about George Washington and his spy ring, and the different techniques they used to communicate to one another. The children will then assemble a cipher Washington and his spies used in the war. They will be able to take the cipher home and use to create secret messages.
Feather Quill Writing
Children will write a letter (to whomever) using a real feather quill and ink. It engages children in a living history experience by enabling them to interact directly with the materials used in the past. The educator will also lead a discussion about communication in the colonial period.
Herb Sachet Making
The word sachet comes from French word meaning "little bag". During colonial times, people made sachets from scraps of fabric and filled them with fragrant herbs. The sachets were then placed in drawers or closets to scent their clothes. For this activity children will get to create their own small sachets with wonderful aromatic herbs that include, lavender, chamomile and rose pedals. Educators will also lead a discussion about herbs and their uses in the colonial period.