School Programs

Our School Programs have been recognized by the NYS Cultural Education Department for adhering to the leading NYS standards and Common Core standards. Read our testimonials.

Field Trip Grants are available to public schools in Dutchess and Ulster County through the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. Preview the application here.

To participate in School Programs, please contact Jennifer Bruntil, School Programming Coordinator, at (845) 255-1660 or education@huguenotstreet.org. Homeschoolers, click here.

A "Little" History

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Program Length: 1.5 hours
Limit: 20 Students
Grade Level: Pre-K & Kindergarten

This program includes the following experiences and activities: 

  • Introduction:  Students receive an introduction to the Huguenots through a guided story telling of “Hugo the Huguenot,” a children’s book that describes the journey of the Huguenots starting in France and ending in their home in New Paltz, NY.  
  • Jean Junior Detective Tour:  A costumed interpreter will guide students through one of our stone houses from the 1700s to see what daily living was like. Students will be asked to become a “detective” and try to figure out who lived in the house and what each room was used for based on the “evidence” they see during their tour.       
  • Native American Craft:  Students will discuss the Lenape people who lived in New Paltz long before the Huguenots arrived.  The use of wampum will be discussed and children will have an opportunity to participate in a beading activity.  They can take home their craft as a souvenir.   

*Adaptations and modifications are made for the needs of your class depending on age and ability.  

Standards and Common Core Alignment

NYS Social Studies Standard 1
SL.CCR.1: Comprehension and Collaboration


Colonial Kids

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Program Length: 2 hours
Limit: 50 Students
Grade Level: K - 2

This program includes several hands-on experiences through the following activities:

  • Introduction:  Students receive an introduction to the Huguenots through a guided story telling of “Hugo the Huguenot,” a children’s book that describes the journey of the Huguenots starting in France and ending in their home in New Paltz, NY.  
  • Colonial Dress Up and Games station: Students get the opportunity to dress as a boy or girl from the 1700s and to play a variety of games that were played by children during this time period. 
  • Investigation Station: This hands - on station offers students the opportunity to investigate and touch a variety of replica artifacts.  Children have the chance to observe using all their senses and make inferences before they find out what each object is!   
  • Stone house tour: Students will be guided through one of our stone houses from the 1700s to see what daily living was like.  They will be asked to compare and contrast their own life to that of a boy or girl during colonial times.        
  • Quills: What kind of bird did the feather come from?  How was ink made?  What are the different parts of the quill called?  And most importantly, how does it feel to write with a quill?  Answer all these questions and more as students experience what it is like to write using a real quill pen! 

*Adaptations and modifications are made for the needs of your class depending on age and ability.  

Standards and Common Core Alignment

NYS Social Studies Standard 1
NYS English Standards 1, 4
W.CCR.4: Production and Distribution of Writing
SL.CCR.1: Comprehension and Collaboration


Learning & Leisure in the 18th Century

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Program Length: 2 hours
Limit: 50 Students
Grade Level: 3 - 6

This program includes several hands-on experiences through the following activities:

  • Introduction:  Students receive an introduction to the Huguenots through a guided story telling of “Hugo the Huguenot,” a children’s book that describes the journey of the Huguenots starting in France and ending in their home in New Paltz, NY.  
  • “In the Moment” stone house tour: Students will be transported back in time as they tour an old stone house with a costumed guide.  They will see what life was like for a boy or girl during colonial times and be asked to compare and contrast their own life to that.
  • Colonial Games station: Students will be introduced to and have a chance to play games and leisure activities that colonial kids would have participated in. 
  • Flax to Linen:  While getting a peak into the Bevier-Elting House, students will have the opportunity to learn about the process of turning flax to linen.  From the flax plant to the loom to the finished linen cloth, students will be able to handle the tools and materials that are all part of the process. 
  • Quill Writing: Students will partake in our colonial schoolroom writing activity where they will perfect their writing skills with a quill and will be able to take home their piece of writing as a souvenir!  

*Adaptations and modifications are made for the needs of your class depending on age and ability.  

Standards and Common Core Alignment

NYS Social Studies Standard 1
NYS English Standards 1, 4
W.CCR.4: Production and Distribution of Writing
SL.CCR.1: Comprehension and Collaboration


Life and Death in the 1700s

Program Length: 2 hours
Limit: 50 Students
Grades: 7-12

This program includes the following experiences and activities: 

  • Introductory video: This video gives a brief introduction to the Huguenots and why they came to New Paltz. 
  • Stone house tours: Students will be transported back in time as they tour two different stone houses to see what life was like for the families that lived here during colonial times and for the enslaved people who served them. 
  • French Church Burial Ground: Students will gain information about origins of the name of the cemetery and of different Huguenots who are buried there. They will participate in an activity where they will make observations and inferences about a historical person based on the information they attain from the gravestone and the gravestones around them. The activity culminates in a discussion of what the students were able to find out.   

*Adaptations and modifications can be made for the needs of your class depending on age and ability.  

 Standards and Common Core Alignment

NYS Social Studies Standard 1
NYS English Standards: 1, 4
W.CCR.4: Production and Distribution of Writing
SL.CCR.1: Comprehension and Collaboration


Qui Voyez-Vous?
French Portrait Program

Program Length: 2 hours
Limit: 50 Students
Grade Level: 7 - 12

This program includes the following experiences and activities: 

  • Introductory video: This video gives a brief introduction to the Huguenots and why they came to New Paltz. 
  • Jean Hasbrouck House tour: Students get insight into how the Huguenots lived during the mid -1700s and how they viewed the events of their times.
  • Deyo House tour: Students will learn how the Huguenots’ French Heritage influenced them during the 1900s while they tour this Victorian mansion. 
  • French Portrait Activity: French students have the opportunity to utilize their writing, speaking, and listening skills while they participate in a fun and engaging activity that incorporates Historic Huguenot Street’s impressive portraits collection.

*Adaptations and modifications can be made for the needs of your class depending on age and ability.  

Standards and Common Core Alignment

Foreign Language Standards 1, 2
Art Standards 1, 2, 3
Social Studies Standard 1