Hands-on History

Learn history by doing history!

School groups, tour groups, youth groups, and scout groups can take advantage of exciting hands-on activities in workshops by Plimoth Plantation’s Education Department. Workshops are a unique way to enhance your field trip or tour of our living history exhibit sites!   

From March through November, groups may book a Wampanoag Workshop or a Colonial Life Workshop.  

At the end of November, the Museum sites close to the general public for the winter, but activities never stop! Winter Workshops are available from December through February.  

Interested in booking a program? Make an online reservation request or call us at (508) 503-2653.

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Workshops (March - November)


Students make Wampanoag pottery and beads at engaging Plimoth Plantation workshops

Wampanoag Workshop 

In our Wampanoag Workshop, Native Museum teachers discuss their relationship to the land, respect for all living beings, and seasonal ways of life. The program takes place at our Wampanoag Education Site, where participants sit inside a wetu (house) and handle reproduction artifacts and animal furs. Students will also play a traditional Wampanoag game called hubbub. (Alternate activities and locations are provided if the weather conditions are poor.)

Each program is one hour long for a maximum of 25 people.

Massachusetts History and Social Science Frameworks: 2.7, 2.8, 3.2, 3.12, 4.11, 4.15.

Ages: Pre-K - Grade 12, Adult

Cost: $250 for first program, $100 for each additional program taught consecutively by one teacher.

(If more than one Museum teacher is required, the cost for each teacher begins at $250 for the first program, $100 for each additional program.)   

 

For more information, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653, email us at groupsales@plimoth.org, or make an online reservation request.  

Colonial Life Workshop 

The Colonial Life Workshop takes place on the Colonial Education Site, which includes two fully-furnished reproduction 17th-century houses. Over the course of the program, participants will explore the 17th-century world of the English Colonists, and experience what their own lives would be like if they traveled back in time. Children may have a chance to play Colonial games or take part in one of the many chores that occupied a 17th-century child’s day. Older students and adults may experience Colonial life by performing activities people of their own age group might participate in, both leisure and work! (Alternate activities and locations are provided if the weather conditions are poor.)

Each program is one hour long for a maximum of 25 people.

Massachusetts History and Social Science Frameworks: 2.7, 2.8, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.12, 4.11, 4.14, 4.15.

Ages: Pre-K – Grade 12, Adult

Cost: $250 for first program, $100 for each additional program taught consecutively by one teacher.

(If more than one Museum teacher is required, the cost for each teacher begins at $250 for the first program, $100 for each additional program.)

 

For more information, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653, email us at groupsales@plimoth.org, or make an online reservation request.  

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Winter Workshops
(December - February)

Wampanoag Winter Workshop

The Wampanoag Winter Workshop is a two-part program about the history and culture of the Native people during the 17th century, when the early English colonists arrived on the shores of what is now New England. It is the perfect foundation or complement for units on Native American culture or early Native/Colonial American history.  

 

Part 1: Classroom Visits

 Learn about the daily life of the Wampanoag in the 17th century, as well as their current lives and communities. In this one-hour, in-depth program, students will gain an understanding of the connection the Wampanoag and other Native people have to Mother Earth, their seasonal way of life and their respect for all living beings. Our Native Museum teachers show a PowerPoint presentation filled with colorful photographs from Plimoth Plantation’s Wampanoag Homesite and reproduction artifacts such as wooden bowls and spoons, animal furs and tools. Museum teachers wear modern clothing and speak from a modern perspective so that they can discuss the story of their people in both the past and the present. 

Necessary Equipment: Smart board, or an LCD projector or screen that can be connected to our laptop.

 

Part 2: Hands-On Workshop at Plimoth Plantation

 The program engages two classes at one time. One class begins the day with outdoor activities, including a tour of the Wampanoag Homesite; spending time in the nushwetu (a winter house); and learning how Wampanoag homes were built, what materials they used and who built them.  The second class begins the day with indoor activities where the Museum teacher will lead a discussion on how Wampanoag children learned and what games they played. Students will try their hands at a game and a craft activity. Students will also examine artifacts as they learn to look carefully for evidence of who used them and what they were used for.  After completing the first round of activities, the classes change places.

A two-class program, each class a maximum of 25 students. (Two Classroom Visits: one for each class. One Workshop for two classes.)

Massachusetts History and Social Science Frameworks: 2.7, 2.8, 3.2, 3.12, 4.11, 4.15. 5.6.

Ages: Grades 1-12 

Cost: $900 per program (2 classes) plus travel charges.

For more information, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653, email us at groupsales@plimoth.org, or make an online reservation request

 

Hands-on learning at Plimoth Plantation's fun Winter Workshops

Colonial Winter Workshop 

The Colonial Winter Workshop is a comprehensive program providing a solid foundation for a unit on the Pilgrims. The two-part Workshop includes a classroom visit and a hands-on workshop at the Museum, and includes a packet of teaching resources. 

Part 1: Classroom Visit
Learn about 1627 Plimoth Plantation from an actual Pilgrim in your classroom! Our Museum teacher will portray an actual resident of 1627 Plimoth Colony, using the person’s life story to frame the one-hour program. For that hour the year is 1627 and your Museum teacher will speak with a regional, English dialect of the 17th century, wearing accurate reproduction clothing. 

Using reproduction artifacts to enhance your classroom’s experience, your visitor will share the Pilgrim story, from hiring Mayflower in England, through the journey and the first winter, to Thanksgiving in Plymouth. As a highlight of the program, two children will be invited to try on Colonial children's clothing!  

Part 2: Hands-On Workshop at Plimoth Plantation
This two-and-a-half-hour workshop takes place in our Visitor Center and on our Colonial Education Site, which includes two fully-furnished reproduction 17th-century houses.  One class begins the day outdoors on the Colonial Education Site in the year 1627, working alongside Colonists, experiencing the chores of a child in 1627 Plymouth, and exploring a Colonial house with a modern teacher.  The second class begins the day indoors, in the Visitor Center, where the students practice writing with quill pens and examine reproduction artifacts to determine what the objects reveal about the lives of the Colonists. After completing the first round of activities the classes change places, so both groups experience both the indoor and the outdoor activities. 

An extensive packet of classroom activities that introduces students to children's lives in the 17th century is included. Activities address topics such as clothing, houses, education, and games in Plymouth Colony. Most activities have a writing component. When the activities are completed the written pages form a student journal. 

A two-class program, each class a maximum of 25 students. (Two Classroom Visits: one for each class. One Workshop for two classes.)

Massachusetts History and Social Science Frameworks: 2.7, 2.8, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.12, 4.11, 4.14, 4.15.

Ages: Grades 1-12 

Cost: $900 per program (2 classes) plus travel charges. 

For more information, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653, email us at groupsales@plimoth.org, or make an online reservation request

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Pilgrim Girl Costume

Handmade Pilgrim girl costume.