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History Alive Program for 4th and 5th Grade Students

Butter Churning

The Enfield Shaker Museum invites your fourth and fifth grade classes for an experiential visit to the Museum as part of their study of regional and U.S. history. This is the third year we have offered this exciting opportunity to bring the “History Alive Program” to local students.

The Enfield, NH Shakers lived and prospered in Enfield from the 1780s until 1923. Many of their buildings still exist and are now part of the Enfield Shaker Museum. At one time, the “Great Stone Dwelling” was the tallest building north of Boston!

The Shakers played an important role in U.S. history. They were models in their time for fine craftsmanship and creative inventions. They were known for their integrity in business and stewardship of their land, equality of the sexes, and, perhaps most important, their dedication to working cooperatively for the benefit of the group, values still important today.

What was it like to live in a Shaker community? Your students will step off the bus as new members of a Shaker village. Learning Shaker songs, attending school in an 1850s classroom, and hands-on work activities demonstrating how people’s specific jobs supported the entire community will be part of the students’ experience. Students will prepare food in the Shaker kitchen to augment bag lunches and will eat in the Shaker style dining room. In their final activity, students will make a journal of their experience at the Museum.

Bread Making at the Shaker MuseumNH/VT State Standards: US/NH/VT History, Civics and Government, Economics; Language Arts: Written /Oral communication

Cost is $5.00 per student. Some grant funding is available to help cover bus transportation. Award of these funds will be on a first-come basis. As this was a popular program in the past, we encourage you to apply early. Space is limited.

We recommend a maximum of 40 students per visit from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Please fill out and return the attached application form. If you have any questions, please contact call (603) 632-4346.
We look forward to sharing the unique history of the Shakers with you and your students.

Enfield Shaker Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution dedicated to interpreting and preserving the complex history of the Enfield Shaker Village and the Missionaries of La Salette.