In-Person History for Homeschoolers

***The in-person classes are all full. Please email to be added to the wait list. We apologize for the limited capacity, but we are keeping the classes small during the pandemic.

If you did not participate in the At-Home classes last year, these are still available as lesson plans and materials. See At-Home for more info.***

Offered the second WEDNESDAY and the second THURSDAY of each month, September 2021 through May 2022, 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.

Link To Registration Form

Special considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Masks are required 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 be limited to 15 students. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend, as always, but please help us keep the overall group size low.
  • 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 14 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 vaccine eligibility impacts the need for mitigation measures.

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

September - Change Over Time & Archaeology
Wednesday, September 8 OR Thursday, September 9

Use the skills and tools of archaeologists to understand how Vermont has changed over time.

October - Abenaki History & Oral History
Wednesday, October 13 OR Thursday, October 14

Learn about Abenaki history through stories which have been passed down through generations.

November - Revolutionary War & Historical Fiction
Wednesday, November 10 OR Thursday, November 18 (note classes are in different weeks because of Veterans Day)

Compare historical fiction to history to understand the impact of the Revolutionary War on Vermonters.

December - Mid-1800s & Art
Wednesday, December 8 OR Thursday, December 9

Examine paintings and works of art to learn about Vermont in the mid-1800s.

January - Civil War & Photography
Wednesday, January 12 OR Thursday, January 13

Look at photographs of Vermonters to learn about the lives of soldiers and their families during the war.

February - Vermont Industries & Letters and Diaries
Wednesday, February 9 OR Thursday, February 10

Study children's letters and diaries to compare the experience of young Vermonters in the past with your life today. 

March - Early 1900s & Audio and Video
Wednesday, March 9 OR Thursday, March 10

Listen and look to understand how radio and movies told Vermont stories in the twentieth century.

April - Mid-1900s & Newspapers and Magazines
Wednesday, April 13 OR Thursday, April 14

Use printed materials from the World War II era to learn about life on the Vermont home front.

May - Change Over Time & Maps
Wednesday, May 11 OR Thursday, May 12

Explore Vermont through a time line of maps and learn how highways shaped Vermont’s recent history.

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