School groups and homeschool groups are welcome to visit the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier and its award-winning permanent exhibit, Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories. This exhibit covers over 400 years of Vermont history. Students can explore an Abenaki wigwam, examine the impact of the railroad, and immerse themselves in a World War-II era living room.
At the museum, student groups can participate a guided tour or self-guided tour of Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories free of charge. Most guided tours are 75 minutes long and include a choice of one of the following hands-on focus activities:
- Abenaki Daily Life
- Merinos to Mittens
- Meaning in Morse Code
Hands-on workshops are also available for educational groups for a small fee. “You be the Historian,” geared toward students in grades 4 through 8, allows students to use the skills and tools of historians (researchers, curators, and archaeologists) to learn about the lives of a 19th-century Vermont farm family. This 60-minute program costs $2 per student. Some examples of additional hands-on workshops available for student groups include:
- Town Meeting Day simulation
- Back to the Land
- Abenaki Oral Traditions
Vermont State House and Vermont Supreme Court
Vermont Heritage Galleries
School groups and homeschool groups are also welcome to visit the special exhibits at the Vermont Heritage Galleries at the Vermont History Center in Barre. Current exhibits provide an in-depth examination of Vermonters in the Civil War and immigration and labor history in Barre. Guided tours and self-guided visits are available free of charge for educational groups with advance notice.
A special hands-on workshop is available in conjunction with the exhibit The Emergence of the Granite City: Barre 1880-1940. The workshop "Immigration and Industry in Vermont" uses maps, census records, and photographs to highlight changes to Barre as a result of the rapid growth of the granite industry. The 60-minute workshop is geared towards students in grades 6 through 12.
An introduction to primary sources available at the Leahy Library may also be included with a visit to the Vermont Heritage Galleries at the Vermont History Center.
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