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K-12 Education Programs

At Historic Newton, students discover new perspectives on U.S. history by exploring Newton’s past through historic artifacts, photographs, and documents, as well as architecture and landscape. Hands-on activities, games, and stories make learning fun for student groups of all grades at the Jackson Homestead and Museum and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. Our educators tailor program content to learners' grade level and abilities.

We invite schools, homeschooling families, scout troops, camps, afterschool programs and other youth groups to participate in our education programs.
The Jackson Homestead and Museum was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.
View our program brochure here.

Program FAQ's

Programs are $3 per student. Chaperones are admitted free. Groups from Newton Public Schools are admitted free. Programs at your site cost $90 per presentation per classroom.

Groups participating in "Digging for Evidence" will be charged a $30 materials fee. Newton Public Schools are also charged the materials fee.

There is a $30 fee per additional half hour for historic outdoor games.

We require at least 1 chaperone for every 6 students.

Cancellations must be made at least 2 business days in advance. The full program fee will be charged if less than 2 business days' notice is given.

Need help funding your school's field trip? Apply for a Big Yellow School Bus grant  from the Massachusetts Cultural Council or a field trip grant from Target.

All Historic Newton education programs address concepts and standards from the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. Programs also address standards from the Common Core and other disciplines.

How do I schedule a program?

Click here to request a program using our online form, or contact Roz Kreizenbeck at or 617-796-1463

What programs are offered?

View our program brochure here.

Girl at Jackson Homestead

Programs at the Jackson Homestead and Museum

Journey on the Underground Railroad 
Grades 1-12, recommended for grades 3-8, 1 hour
Discover the stories of brave men and women who dared to free themselves from slavery. Explore primary sources at the Jackson Homestead, a documented stop on the Underground Railroad. Would you risk your life, your livelihood, or your status in the community to free yourself or to assist freedom seekers?

Test your knowledge of the Underground Railroad with our online quiz!

This program was developed with funding from the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Digging for Evidence
Grades 2-8, 1 1/2 hours
Get your hands dirty! Dig for artifacts Dig for artifacts in a mock archaeological dig to find out first-hand how archaeologists do the detective work of history. After the dig, make your own historical-style clay pot to take home.

If You Lived at The Jackson Homestead
Grades K-12, recommended for grades K-3, 1 hour
How would your life be different if you were born in the 1800’s? Handle and examine 150-year-old objects, photographs, textiles, tools and other primary sources to piece together the story of daily life in 19th-century Newton 

Programs at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

Colonial Survival and Civility
Grades K-12, 1 ½ hours
Could you survive and thrive in Colonial Newton? Explore the Durant-Kenrick House, tend the gardens, and barter with your neighbors to make sure the whole community has enough food and fuel to make it through the year.

Programs at Your Site

Mapping Your Town
Grades 2-8, 1 ½ hours
Take on the role of city planners as you develop the City of Newton with residential, commercial, and institutional buildings, as well as parks and green space. Be sure your city plan meets the need of its residents!

Journey on the Underground Railroad
Grades 1-12, recommended for grades 3-8, 1 ¼ hours
Let us bring stories of brave men and women who dared to free themselves from slavery to you! Would you risk your life, your livelihood, or your status in the community to free yourself or to assist freedom seekers?

Custom Programs

We are happy to work with you to design a program that fits your curriculum goals. Our collections span more than four centuries of history and can support learning in any subject area. Custom programs can take place at a Historic Newton location or at your site.

Contact Sarah Cole at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds ( or 617-641-9142) to discuss content and scheduling for custom programs.

What Teachers Say

"This trip is always very worthwhile!!! It brings history alive for the kids." -1st Grade
"It was a wonderful way to integrate our curricula both visually and experientially." -5th Grade
"I really appreciate both the content of the program and [the] responsive manner with the children." -3rd Grade
"A wonderful program enjoyed by children, their parents and me! We all learned so much!" -3rd Grade