Historic Newton Wins Grant to Support Immigration Program

Students to Examine the Lives of 19th Century Newcomers to Newton

The U.S. Federation of Friends of Museums recently awarded Historic Newton $2,500 to support a new K-12 education program about immigration. The program invites students in grades 4-12 to meet families who immigrated to the U.S. in the 19th century, and understand what pushed them to leave home and what pulled them to immigrate to Newton. The fictional families are based on research about actual immigrants to Newton from Ireland, Italy, Russia, and China.

The funding will allow Historic Newton to acquire the artifacts for the immigration program and tell a more inclusive, diverse story of Newton history. Additionally, the new program is designed to be offered on-site at our museums, and also in classrooms, expanding accessibility of our programming for schools that may be limited financially from visiting the museums.

Led by Historic Newton educators, students will discuss and compare the lives of the four families both before and after immigration, focused on answering the question “what makes a place home?” They also handle children’s toys, clothing, and other artifacts. After completing the program, they will better understand both the push and the pull of immigration.

Interested in donating objects related to immigration to our education collection? Do you have a group you’d like to invite to pilot this new program? Contact us at education@historicnewton.org.