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School & Youth Education Programs

"A wonderful program enjoyed by children, their parents and me! We all learned so much!" -3rd Grade
"It was a wonderful way to integrate our curricula both visually and experientially." -5th Grade

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 professional educators can also present program at your site.

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.

View our program brochure here

"This trip is always very worthwhile!!! It brings history alive for the kids." -1st Grade 
"I really appreciate both the content of the program and [the] responsive manner with the children." -3rd Grade

Program FAQs:
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 to schedule a program.

What programs are offered?
View our full program brochure here.

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

*Put Yourself in the Past*
Grades 3-6, 1 hour
In this new program, scout groups, 4H clubs, and other extracurricular programs participants learn what daily life was like for children 150 to 200 years ago. Participants explore what children of the past wore, what they did for fun, and what work they did using primary sources, object handling and outdoor games. The program wraps up with participants creating a profile for an imaginary 19th century self and deciding what activities they would have done. Would you have gardened or baked cornbread? Would your favorite game have been graces?

This program is designed to satisfy the requirements for the Junior Girl Scout “Playing the Past Badge,” but we are happy to work with you to customize the program to individual group’s needs and grade levels!

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.