Education is at the core of the Fairfield Museum’s mission and education programs inspire diverse learners to make history personal and meaningful through engaging and innovative programs. Education programs align with local and Connecticut language arts and social studies curriculum, the National Council for Social Studies C3 Frameworks, and reinforce Common Core goals. More than 5,000 Pre-K through Grade 12 students as well as adult learners from throughout southwestern Connecticut participate through field trips, tours, outreach programs and workshops.
For more information on education programs, call the Education Department at 203-259-1598 or submit a request online.
Additional pre and post activities and resources are available in the Resources for Educators section.
Coming this Fall, 2014:
Accused: Fairfield’s Witchcraft Trials: September 25, 2014 – January 5, 2015
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.
Education Programs for Grades 7 – 12:
Field trips can accommodate up to 4 classes with an extended day program rotation featuring The Witchcraft Debate, Walking Tours and a Gallery Tour.
Witchcraft in Connecticut with CT State HistorianWalter Woodward
Thursday, October 9, 4:00pm – 6:30pm $25, please contact the Fairfield Museum at 203-259-1598 to pre-register.
Learn more about the Fairfield Museum’s education programs and participate in a re-enactment of the 1669 CT trial of Katherine Harrison of Wethersfield. Come prepared to be witness, jury, judge or – the suspected witch herself!
Now 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.