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 a stone house tour with a costumed interpreter and a hands-on Native American craft.  

  • Introduction:  Students receive an introduction to the Huguenots through a guided story telling presentation 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 1700’s 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: 1.5 hours
Limit: 50 Students
Grade Level: K - 2

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

  • Colonial Dress Up and Games station: Students get the opportunity to dress as a boy or girl from the 1700’s 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 1700’s 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

Come and immerse your students in the lives of children who lived on Huguenot Street 300 years ago!

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

  • “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. 
  • Jean General Store:  While touring the Jean Hasbrouck house, students will have the opportunity to explore another stone house as well as do a little “shopping” colonial style.
  • 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!  

This program offers a great opportunity to allow children to see into the past and compare and contrast their life to the lives of boys and girls during colonial times. Throughout the program students are asked to think critically and utilize their analytical skills.  This interactive experience is not to be missed. Sign up for a field trip today!

*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: 40 Students
Grades: 7-12

This program includes the following experiences and activities:

  • Introductory video: This give 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. 

Note: If your group is larger than 40 students, accommodations may be made.  Please contact Jennifer Bruntil, School Programming Coordinator, directly to discuss your group’s size and needs.

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

Groups are invited to eat lunch on site after the program concludes.  There is a picnic area available or if the weather is poor we can accommodate your group in Deyo Hall. 

 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: 40 Students
Grade Level: 7 - 12

This program includes the following experiences and activities: 

  • Introductory video: A brief introduction to the Huguenots and why they came to New Paltz is shown in the French Church. 
  • Jean Hasbrouck House tour: Students get insight into how the Huguenots lived during the mid -1700’s 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.
  • Lefevre House 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 


Letters to Huguenot Street

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Grade Level: 3 - 5

Letters to Huguenot Street offers students the opportunity to connect with people from the past by writing letters to historic figures that lived on Huguenot Street at distinct moments in American history.

These moments include; the beginning of the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. In these letters, students may inquire about historically relevant current events, individuals’ daily lives, local government, gender roles, and even the weather!

Not covering the topics mentioned above in your classroom? Not a problem! Students are also given the option to write to Archie of Archives Bat! Archie will be able to fill in any informational gaps about the history of Huguenot Street that is not covered by our historic figures. He will also be able to answer questions about our archives, collections, and the site itself.

Our educational team created this program with the anticipation of the activity being implemented during a specific unit or integrated into your students class work so they may write to Huguenot Street throughout the school year.

Interested in implementing Letters to Huguenot Street in your classroom? Click here for tips and ideas.

To download students’ letter worksheets, click the following links.

For example return letters from Archie and his historic friends, see below:

Students’ letter should be sent in one large manila envelope to:
Letters to Huguenot Street
88 Huguenot Street
New Paltz, NY 12561

Students can expect response letters within 2-3 weeks.

Standards and Common Core Alignment

NYS Social Studies Standard 1 - Key Ideas 1, 2, and 4; Standard 5 - Key Idea 3
Production and Distribution of Writing: W.CCR.4