witchcraft trials in ctSummer Teacher Institute:
The Witch Trials in Connecticut
July 22 – 23, 2014     9am – 2pm

Applications are no longer being accepted. Notifications will be emailed by June 30. If you have any questions, please contact Christine Jewell, Director of Education at 203-259-1598.

Educators and administrators in grades 7 – 12 are invited to apply to our Summer Teacher Institute. Join us for an opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of Connecticut’s witchcraft trials in the 17th century. Educators will participate in workshops and develop lesson plans that will be published in a Curriculum & Exhibit Guide. The Guide will feature the artwork of Jakob Crane, in conjunction with the exhibition Accused: Fairfield’s Witchcraft Trials, on view September 25 through January 5, 2015. Education programs will include Gallery Tours, Primary Source Workshops and The Witchcraft Trial of 1692 Debate.

The Institute will include presentations by Fairfield Museum education staff on the 17th century witch trials in Connecticut and on using primary sources in the classroom. There will also be discussions on related books and readings for teachers and students, reinforcing Common Core and recent changes in Connecticut social studies curriculum.

As part of the Institute, educators will submit one lesson plan that reinforces state and national curriculum goals in Common Core, social studies, language arts and 21st century skill-building. They will be expected to present their work at a Fall Professional Development Workshop, tentatively scheduled for October 4, 2014. There is no fee for the Institute and stipends may be available, pending notification of funding.

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Jakob CraneAbout the Exhibit:
Accused: Fairfield’s Witchcraft Trials

In 17th century New England religious beliefs and folk tradition instilled deep fears of magic, evil, and supernatural powers. How else to explain unnatural events, misfortune and the sudden convulsions and fits of local townspeople? In this exhibition, the fascinating history of Connecticut’s witchcraft trials is illuminated by author and illustrator Jakob Crane. In graphic novel form, powerful depictions of the events and characters are reimagined through storylines and pen and ink drawings.


Fairfield Museum Field TripsEducation Programs

The Fairfield Museum actively works with teachers and school districts to develop curriculum and education programs that meet educational goals.

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For more information and to schedule a program, call the Education Department at 203-259-1598  or use the online contact form.




Fairfield Museum School TripsNow on View:
Creating Community:
Exploring 375 Years of Our Past is an ambitious exhibition that engages visitors with the past through dynamic and interactive activities. The exhibition is an essential step toward realizing the Fairfield Museum’s educational vision to use history to strengthen community and shape its future.

Creating Community covers nearly 375 years of regional history, using the town of Fairfield as a model for a changing community. Fairfield, established in 1639, rapidly expanded in the 17th century and included parts of Redding, Weston, Easton, Westport, Greens Farms and the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. Through success and failure, loss and prestige, Fairfield emerged as a model suburban enclave within the major New York metropolitan area.

The exhibit complements social studies and Common Core curriculum with themes on the Colonial America/Native Americans, the American Revolution, Westward Expansion, Immigration, the Gilded Age, World War II and the 1950s.

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