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Programs for Schools & Youth Groups
The Lebanon Historical Society offers an ever-expanding menu of learning experiences for groups of children. Working with the other member organizations of the Lebanon History Consortium, the Historical Society’s Revolutionary War programs combine the powerful experience of being in a place where history happened with engaging participatory learning opportunities. These programs are based on up-to-date, accurate historical research that challenges students to draw their own conclusions. Programs are modified as needed to be age and learning-stage appropriate.
In addition to its well-know American Revolution programs, the Lebanon Historical Society offers explorations of the processes of historical research and analysis, local history of eastern Connecticut, and using history in language arts and applied arts programs. Currently available programs include using maps as historical documents, archaeology in Lebanon, and the Trumbull Cemetery as a historical resource. A program using historic objects as prompts for creative or analytical writing is in development.
As a small museum with a creative staff, we are able to adapt or design programs that fit your needs or curriculum. Flexibility in programming allows us to work with teachers and group leaders to support, reinforce, or enrich what you are already doing with your children. Please call the Lebanon Historical Society (860-642-6579) and we will work with you to design a program that fits your needs.
Due to space considerations, our programs accommodate 10 children plus one adult in each group. Selecting several programs to fill the time you have available will allow sub-divided large groups to circulate from program to program.
Half-hour Revolutionary War programs available include:
War Office – tour and musket firing demonstration – Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American
Revolution (new hands-on exhibit in the War Office will open in May 2010)
Meeting House – tour – First Church volunteers
Governor Jonathan Trumbull House – tour – Daughters of the American Revolution
Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. House – tour – Town of Lebanon
A Day in a Soldier’s Life – hands-on program – Lebanon Historical Society
Enlisting in George Washington’s Army – hands-on program – Lebanon Historical Society
Revolutionary War Soldiers in the Trumbull (Old) Cemetery – Lebanon Historical Society
Revolutionary War programs in development include: "Tea with Mistress Alden", an exploration of 18th century manners and fashions and "What Should We Do?", a mock town meeting to determine how Lebanon should respond to the British attacks in Lexington & Concord.
Please book all programs by contacting the Lebanon Historical Society (860-642-6579) or
Outdoor lunch space is available at the Lebanon Historical Society. Indoor lunch space may be available at First Church. Please request information when making program reservations.
All of these programs as well as many of the special vacation week programs can be adapted for use with Scout and other youth groups. Museum staff are also able to create programs to fulfill specific advancement and merit badge requirements. Please contact the Museum at 860-642-6579 or to discuss how LHS can help.