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Pre and Post Visit Guides

Background information, vocabulary, suggested activities, and student and teacher bibliographies for each of the "Family Life in the 1800s" and "Abolition" programs. (These files require the Adobe Reader.)

  • Songs and Stories of the Underground Railroad -- For grades 1-3; introduces young students to this integral part of American history: slavery and the roles of both blacks and whites in the struggle for freedom and equality.
  • Underground Railroad: Passage to Freedom -- For grades 4-6; this program uses primary documents to introduce the abolition movement through the activities of William Jackson, his brother Francis, and his entire family at the Jackson Homestead who were active abolitionists in the nineteenth century.
  • Abolition: Examining the Evidence -- For grades 7-12; through the use of primary documents and cooperative learning approaches, students explore what is known, what can be inferred, and what may never be known about local abolition activity. This is an ideal program for students studying slavery, abolition, race relations, and local history.
  • If You Lived at the Jackson Homestead -- For grades K-2; for young children, a look at the lives of mommies, daddies, and children in the Nineteenth Century.
  • Nineteenth-Century Family Life -- For grades 3-up; this program sketches the home life of Newtons William and Mary Jackson and their 14 children at the Homestead through a hands-on, cooperative, group-learning experience.