Attention Teachers:

Plan now for your class field trip to Heritage Square Museum!   Our nine buildings offer your students a first-hand glimpse into life in the 1800’s in our area.   Tours are available in the spring and fall by appointment.  Tours usually last two hours and there are picnic tables and indoor tables available for lunch, if you choose to stay.   Students, in small groups, will be guided through each of the nine buildings on a rotating basis. 

Most, but not all, of the buildings are handicapped accessible – accommodations can be made for those who need it.  

Fees are $3.00 per student (teachers and accompanying parents are free). 

For more information and to set up a field trip to Heritage Square contact Polina Doran,

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The basics links

Heritage Square and NY State Standards.pdf


  1. BulletNew York State Education Department: Learning Standards
    This site lists the New York State Learning Standards

  2. BulletNew York State Education Department – Standards for Social Studies
    This site lists the New York State Learning Standards for Social Studies

  3. BulletNY State Education Dept. website:
    Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic is a reenactment program used in the 4th Grade as an integral part of the local history study. The children prepare for, and actually participate in a pioneer school day. The children will develop an appreciation for the child of the 19th century by actually “walking in their shoes.” The children will begin to view history not as a text of famous events and people, but a story of ordinary people like themselves.

  4. BulletNew York State History Day Project
    National History Day, a year-long educational program sponsored in New York State by the New York State Historical Association, encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics' significance in history, and create final projects that present their work. These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators.

  5. BulletLibrary of Congress: Teachers
    Ready-to-use materials that bring the Library’s primary sources into the classroom.

  6. BulletLibrary of Congress: Teacher's Guides and Analysis Tools
    Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects     which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience.
    Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Helping students analyze primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills.

  7. BulletNational Archives and Records: Teaching with Documents:
    Lesson Plans and Primary source analysis tools and work sheets

  8. BulletDocument Based Questions (DBQ):

  9. BulletUsing Primary Sources

  10. BulletSample lesson for primary sources – coins

  11. BulletPrimary source analysis worksheets

  12. BulletTeaching with objects in the classroom

  13. BulletTeaching with historic places -

Extension / enrichment ideas:

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  1. BulletTransportation 

  2. BulletInventors / Inventions 

  3. BulletRecreation 

  4. BulletSchools then and now – one room school house, typical day, how to set one up in your classroom 

  5. BulletWork and pay 

  6. BulletImmigration 

  7. BulletArchitecture   

Getting the most from your school tour.pdfSchools_files/Getting%20the%20most%20from%20your%20school%20tour.pdfSchools_files/Getting%20the%20most%20from%20your%20school%20tour_1.pdfshapeimage_2_link_0

Post visit suggestions

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  1. One idea: During visit, have students come with clip boards and paper and take some notes.  Post visit have students pretend to be reporters and create a classroom newspaper with an article from each student about a particular house or thing they saw during the visit.  The paper can include illustrations of houses / artifacts etc.  See sample. 

The Basics

  1. BulletVisit the museum at your convenience, prior to your school tour. Contact Alayna DeSanto or any board member for more information.  

  2. BulletCheck Heritage Square Museum website for information and activities.

  3. BulletUtilize information from the Heritage Square Museum’s website to prepare a mini-unit of study for students.

  4. BulletArrange a tour – contact Polina Doran,

  5. BulletOrganize students into nine (9) groups to prepare for tour.  Each group will have a guide that will take them to the first building.  Thereafter, the groups will move from building to building at the sound of a school bell and greeting by a new guide at the next building.

  6. BulletShare the map of the museum grounds with your chaperones prior to arrival. 

  7. BulletPrepare students for proper clothing attire for weather forecast for the day.  The buildings are not heated. 

  8. BulletRestrooms are in the train station and the red barn.

  9. BulletCheck the Heritage Square Museum’s website for post visit activities and other enrichment lessons.

Coins LessonSchools_files/Coins%20lesson0001.pdf
Coins HandoutSchools_files/Coins%20handout0001.pdf