History for Homeschoolers
A Vermont History Almanac
Offered the second WEDNESDAY and the second THURSDAY of each month, September 2019 through May 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 pm. All programs will take place at the Vermont History Museum, 109 State Street, Montpelier.
Cost is $8 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.
Use the online registration site to register and pay by credit card. Or contact Victoria Hughes at email@example.com or (802) 828-1413 to reserve a spot. Or download a registration form (pdf) to register by mail. If classes fill up, please use the contact information above to be added to the wait list.
Each session includes history-related activities that focus on the month's theme.
September 11 or 12, 2019 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm (Wednesday class is full)
Back to Class: Education in Vermont
Explore the history of education and one-room schoolhouses in Vermont. Practice arithmetic on slates and writing with quill pens.
October 9 or 10, 2019 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Harvest Time: Food and Farms in Vermont
Celebrate fall (and get ready for winter) by focusing on the long history of harvesting and food preparation in Vermont.
November 13 or 14, 2019 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm (Thursday class is full)
Hunting Season: Food and Furs in Vermont
Explore the hunting traditions of people from different time periods and learn about the animals they hunted for food and furs.
December 11 or 12, 2019 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Cold and Dark: Wintertime in Vermont
It's cold outside! Come inside and participate in traditional indoor activities that took place during the long Vermont winters.
January 8 or 9, 2020 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Let It Snow: Winter Fun in Vermont
Learn about the history of skiing, sledding and other favorite outdoor winter activities enjoyed by Vermonters and tourists.
February 12 or 13, 2020 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Celebrations: Holidays in Vermont
Examine ways Vermonters have celebrated holidays, like Valentine's Day and other community events, throughout the years.
March 11 or 12, 2020 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Sweet Season: Sugaring in Vermont
Learn about maple sugar and syrup production, marketing and related inventions and traditions.
April 8 or 9, 2020 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm (Thursday class is full)
Shearing Time: Sheep in Vermont
Explore the sheep "boom" and the importance of sheep and wool in Vermont's history.
May 13 or 14, 2020 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Rainy Days: Water in Vermont
Learn about the highs and lows of water in Vermont, from natural resource to natural disasters.