In-Person History for Homeschoolers

***The in-person classes are currently all full. Please email to be added to the waiting list. We also have At-Home lesson plans and materials available from 2020-2021. See At-Home for more info.***

Offered the second WEDNESDAY and the following THURSDAY of each month, September 2022 through May 2023, 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  All programs will take place at the Vermont History Museum, 109 State Street, Montpelier.

Cost is $8.00 per child per class. Families with three or more children participating in a class or for members of the Vermont Historical Society, cost is $6.50 per child per class. Parents and non-participating children are free.

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12. Some activities involve reading and writing. Pre-registration is REQUIRED; space is limited.

Register here for In-Person History for Homeschoolers Courses

Special considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Masks are encouraged for all participants and family members over the age of 2 in the classroom and with the class in the exhibit spaces. Teachers will be masked.
  • Class size will return to 30 students per session. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend, as always.
  • Staff will clean spaces thoroughly before and after classes.
  • Students will be encouraged to wash hands and use hand sanitizer as appropriate.
  • Families will be asked to cancel if anyone is feeling sick, has been exposed to COVID-19, or is in close contact with someone who had COVID-19 within the last 10 days.
  • Masking requirements for the museum outside the classroom space and for visitors not participating in the class will follow guidelines for state buildings. As of mid-August, this includes a recommendation for unvaccinated visitors to wear masks.

We recognize that situations might change during the course of the year. We are requesting that families pay by month, rather than pre-paying for the classes, to facilitate cancellations as needed by either participants or the museum staff. We will continue to monitor the State of Vermont's guidance for schools. We will communicate with parents in advance if recommendations change.

Each session includes history-related activities that focus on the month's theme.

September - Famous Vermonters
Wednesday, September 14 OR Thursday, September 15

Learn about Vermonters like Ethan Allen and Clarina Nichols.

October - Vermont Artists
Wednesday, October 12 OR Thursday, October 13

Examine works of art by Vermont Artists and learn how they captured Vermont stories.

November - Vermont Government
Wednesday, November 9 OR Thursday, November 10 

Explore how state government works and visit the State House.

December - Vermont People
Wednesday, December 14 OR Thursday, December 15

Learn about the lives of ordinary Vermonters over time.

January - Vermont Weather
Wednesday, January 11 OR Thursday, January 12

Play a winter game and learn how weather has affected Vermonters in the past. 

February - Vermont Geography
Wednesday, February 8 OR Thursday, February 9

Use maps to consider how Vermont's history was influenced by geography. 

March - Vermont Businesses
Wednesday, March 8 OR Thursday, March 9

Examine historic documents and artifacts to learn about the history of businesses in Vermont.

April - Preserving Vermont's History
Wednesday, April 12 OR Thursday, April 13

Learn how stories of the past are saved and shared.

May - Vermont Then and Now
Wednesday, May 10 OR Thursday, May 11

Explore continuity and change throughout Vermont's history.

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