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in New Paltz, New York
the heart of the Hudson Valley
Historic Huguenot Street Programs for School Groups
Historic Huguenot Street is filled with the stories of the men and women who came before us — stories that have the potential to entertain and educate. Here, on this street, French Huguenots, the Dutch, Africans and many others came together to create a thriving multi-ethnic community.Within this unique milieu, HHS offers six educational programs for school-aged children which are specifically designed to meet the New York State Standards.
Visiting with Your School or Youth Group
Historic Huguenot Street welcomes school and youth groups from April 15 through November 15. October, May and early June are our busiest times and days fill up quickly.
The cost per child is $8 per person. One chaperone for every ten children is admitted for free. Additional chaperones are welcome with advance notice at the per person price. We can accommodate groups of up to 60 students per visit with a minimum of 20 students required to reserve a tour/program.
To make your reservation, contact Rebecca Mackey, Programs, Tours and Visitor Services Manager, via email or by calling 845 255-1660, x 105. She will take your information and send a confirmation. Payment arrangements can be made in advance with your school district, BOCES or PTA check or can be paid with cash, check or charge on the day of your visit. We also welcome home-schooled groups and can tailor your visit as desired. To register for an educational activity without an accompanying tour, the cost is $5 per person.
About Your Visit
A visit to Historic Huguenot Street is designed to reach a variety of learning styles. Education modules utilize document-based questions (DBQs). A standard visit to the site lasts approximately three hours; however, the length of the program can be adjusted to meet the particular needs and requirements of the group. Do not hesitate to contact us to tailor your tour or ask questions. Visits generally include:
INTERACTIVE EDUCATIONAL MODULES
Your students will become super-sleuths during this hands-on investigation of early American artifacts — objects that may have belonged to a resident of Huguenot Street hundreds of years ago. A sausage stuffer, a crimping iron, a chamber pot, and a foot warmer are just a few examples of the artifacts students will have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with. Students will work in pairs, discussing and analyzing each object, and then connecting the objects back to the house tours where possible as well as learning their cultural importance.
New York State Social Studies Educational Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
Grades: 1-3. Program Length: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Remember Me The Culture of Quilts
Our American past can be recaptured in many ways — reading old diaries, listening to music of long ago, and looking at photographs of our ancestors. One of the most tangible ways that we can reconnect with the past is to see and consider the objects that they used, especially those objects that they made with their own hands. Into these objects they injected their perspectives, their priorities, and their hard work. One type of artifact that speaks most strongly is the quilt. Quilts are not just beautiful objects. They are testaments to the women from our nation’s past who expressed both their creativity and their consciousness in tangible form. The power of these creations continues to be felt as they are treasured by families, preserved in museums and studied by scholars.
In a Valley Fair
What was it like to go to school in a one-room school house? Using 19th century photographs, absentee school notes and additional primary sources, students will have the opportunity to learn about the lives of children who went to school more than one hundred years ago.
Grades 4-8 Program Length: 3 hours
A Walk Through Time
Travel back through time with six individuals whose lives were part of the fabric of the Hudson Valley. Working in small groups, students will use physical artifacts and primary documents to piece together the lives of a Lenape woman, a Revolutionary War soldier, a colonial school girl, a run-away slave, a Civil War soldier and a 19th century student at the Poughkeepsie Academy.
New York State Social Studies Educational Standards: 1, 2, 4 and 5
Grades 4-8. Program Length: 3 hours.
Walk through the late 18th century with three remarkable people who once lived in Ulster County, New York. Through primary sources, students will learn first hand about colonial life through the lens of these three fascinating and compelling individuals: one female Huguenot, a Dutchman, and the son of an enslaved African woman. By walking in the footsteps of these colonists and a son of a slave, students will discover both the challenges and the opportunities faced by those who laid the foundation for the birth of our nation.
New York State Social Studies Educational Standards 1, 2, 4 and 5
I regret to Inform You...
War is staged in the halls of government but fought by the people. So often the voices of the average individuals who served in the military are ignored, and thus the great tragedy of armed conflict is hidden behind the political maneuverings of the leaders. In this curriculum students will have the opportunity to explore the thoughts and experience of one Civil War soldier, Johannes LeFevre of New Paltz, New York, through his letters to friends and family. Working in small groups, students will investigate his thoughts on was and his perception of race and will consider the effect of war on an individual and his family. Through this exploration, students will construct a fuller view of the reality of one of the greatest calamaties in American history: in the words of Johannes' brother Peter, "this most lamentable, disastrous, causeless, civil war."
Grades 9-College Level
Program Length: 3-and-a-half hours
Pour le Village
French students in grades four through twelve will have the opportunity to work with actual 18th century French documents. Elementary grades will learn about Sarah Freer, an eleven year old Huguenot who is bound out as an apprentice to a dressmaker. High school students will learn about 18th century life by reading French documents dealing with topics such as slavery, education, patents on molds and the use of the French language.
New York State Social Studies Educational Standards 1, 2, 4 and 5
Grades 4-12. Program Length: 2-and-a-half to 3 hours, depending on grade