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Little Red Schoolhouse Program

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Mill Hill Historic Park

2 East Wall Street

Norwalk, CT


Bring your group to Mill Hill Historic Park or have us travel to you!

 

Registration Open for school groups!

April 22 – June 14, 2019   Monday – Friday

The Little Red Schoolhouse program brings Norwalk history to life through a series of interactive history lessons with costumed re-enactors. Students learn about early Norwalk  and the town’s significance in the Revolutionary War, get a glimpse of life in Colonial times and experience a day in the life of a 19th century student.  The program is offered onsite at Mill Hill Historic Park or off site at your location through the Little Red Schoolhouse Travel program.

Ages: Elementary and Middle School


Request Norwalk Public Schools Registration Form

or

Request Non-Norwalk Public Schools Registration Form

For More Information

Program Coordinator -  Samantha Kulish-Fargione or  Norwalk Historical Society, Call: 203-846-0525

About the Program

Mill Hill Historic Park Program – length: 120 minutes

Students explore three historic buildings at Mill Hill Historic Park:  the Town House (1835), Governor Fitch Law Office (1740)Downtown District School House (1826) and Colonial Herb Garden (weather permitting).

During the tour of the Town House, students will engage in an interactive lesson about early Norwalk and the town’s significance during the Revolutionary War.  In the newly restored and reinterpreted Governor Fitch Law Office, students will experience life in the Colonial days and learn about the Colonial Governor from Norwalk, Thomas Fitch.  Weather permitting, students will tour the Colonial Herb Garden to learn how colonists incorporated herbs and plants into their daily lives.  The program concludes with a visit to the one-room Little Red Schoolhouse where School Mistress Benedict leads the students in a reenactment of an early 19th century school day.  Students write with a quill & ink, practice arithmetic on slates and take part in a variety of 19th century lessons.

  • Cost: Norwalk Public Schools: $60 per class (maximum 25 students) or Non-Norwalk Public Schools: $85 per class (maximum 25 students).
  • Chaperones: One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students.  Chaperones and Teachers must remain with students at all times and actively supervise the visit.  Complimentary admission for teachers and adult chaperones.
  • Time Time Options: 10:00am-12:00pm or 12:15-2:15pm.  We can accommodate an earlier start as well.

Travel Program – length: 120 minutes

This program uses reproduction items from the Norwalk Historical Society’s collections to bring history to life.  The Little Red Schoolhouse Traveling program includes:

The visit begins with an interactive history lesson about early Norwalk and the town’s significance during the Revolutionary War.  Then students play “Guess What It Is” with a variety of reproduction items from the Law Office of Governor Thomas Fitch.  Students will also learn about Governor Fitch and his ties to Norwalk.  The visit concludes with a reenactment of a 19th century school day.  Students write with a quill & ink, practice arithmetic on slates and take part in a variety of 19th century lessons.

A power point slide show is incorporated into the visit. We ask that your classroom have a working computer, projector and screen or smart board.

Each presentation is conducted by one of our museum educators and is designed for a maximum class size of 25 students.  This program is not suitable for assemblies or extremely large groups.  A maximum of two presentations can be scheduled for the same day.  Teachers must remain in the room during the presentation.

  • Cost: Norwalk Public Schools: $80 per class (maximum 25 students) or Non-Norwalk Public Schools: $90 per class (maximum 25 students).
  • Distance: No additional travel fees for schools within the Greater Norwalk area (Norwalk, Wilton, Westport, Weston, Darien and New Canaan).  An additional travel fee is charged to schools  outside the Greater Norwalk area. This fee is calculated according to distance, maximum radius 25 miles ($25.00).
  • Chaperones: The classroom teacher must remain with students at all times and actively supervise the visit.
  • Time Time Options: The program start time can be scheduled between 9:00am and 1:00pm.

Little Red Schoolhouse Guide

To prepare your students for their visit, please use our Little Red Schoolhouse Guidebook.  This guidebook provides students with background knowledge of Norwalk history and Colonial life. Pre-visit and post-visit activities are included as well as reading comprehension questions and a detailed glossary.

Registration

Book your tour today… dates fill up quickly!

We process registration forms on a first come, first serve basis. Once we have your completed registration form, a letter confirming your date and time will be emailed to you.

Deposit

A 50% deposit for the Mill Hill Historic Park Program or  Traveling Program is due 3 weeks before your scheduled date.  The balance is due the day of the program.

Make check payable to: Norwalk Historical Society.  Mail to: Norwalk Historical Society, P.O. Box 1640, Norwalk, CT  06852

Contact Information

Program Coordinator -  Samantha Kulish-Fargione or  Norwalk Historical Society, Call: 203-846-0525