Education Programs & Tours

EducationTours_webThe Fairfield Museum and History Center’s education programs make history personal and meaningful through engaging and content-rich experience from pre-K to grade 12. Education programs align with the Connecticut Framework for Content Standards and reinforce Common Core goals.

Resources for Educators includes pre and post activities and resources that complement the Fairfield Museum’s education programs and curriculum.

All school and group visits must have a confirmed reservation. Please schedule your visit at least three weeks in advance by calling the Education Department at 203-259-1598 or by submitting a request online.

Education Programs

Walking ToursWalking Tour:
What Makes Our Community (Grades 1 – 3)

Long Island Sound’s rich and abundant natural resources have attracted people to its shores for hundreds of years. On this Walking Tour delve into the history Fairfield’s Town Green and learn firsthand how a place can adapt to the needs of the community. The Native Americans enjoyed summers nearby and the European colonists established more permanent settlements that shaped the future of the town. Discover how change occurs over time by exploring the Academy Schoolhouse, Sun Tavern the Old Burying Ground and other historic sites that surround the Green.

Make a Museum: Bring Stories to Life with Artifacts (Grades 1 – 5)
Available as an Outreach Program at your location

What can objects tell us? Introduce your group to the world of museum collecting. How do we decide what objects to keep and to collect? Participants will view original and reproduction artifacts up close and discover the stories that bring artifacts to life. See how collections can transport us to a different time by bringing together paintings, journals, photographs and objects. These pieces can create fascinating stories as well as further questions about how people lived in the past.

runaway slave adSlavery in Connecticut (Grades 4 – 12)
Available as an Outreach Program at your location

What was slavery like in Connecticut?  Find out about the lives of slaves with historical clues including petitions by slaves, runaway advertisements and slave sale  receipts. Learn and debate the slavery issue in Connecticut and discover the difficult choices Lincoln faced when he freed the slaves.

Colonial Life &
American Revolution Programs (Grades 4 – 12)

Ogden House Education ProgramsThe 1750 Ogden House (Grades 1 – 8)

Learn about life in colonial times through the history and architecture of the 1750 Ogden House on Bronson Road in Fairfield. The late 1700s represented a thriving farming community in Fairfield County, populated by acres of farmland, tradespeople and families. The Ogden Family and the saltbox house where they lived can give insight into colonial life. The Ogden House can teach us about the colonial trades of carpenter, blacksmith, merchant and cooper. Participants will have the opportunity to view and touch original and reproduction objects related to trades from the period.

Colonial Life Full-Day Programs (Grades 4 – 12):

The programs below are available separately, or as a rotation of up to three programs for a Colonial Life Full Day Field Trip at the Fairfield Museum. A full-day program can accommodate up to 85 students. Colonial Programs are complemented by a curriculum containing lesson plans and activities developed with a dedicated group of 4th grade teachers from the Fairfield Public Schools.

Living HistoryMeet the Militia – Living History
Available as an Outreach Program at your location

An educator in period uniform will reveal the challenges of a soldier’s life in the American militia. Partipants learn about items from the period that soldiers carried and what a wool uniform might feel like when worn. From the powder horn and musket to the haversack and flint, hear engaging stories of how soldiers faced hardships and survived.




Students participating in the Orienteering Challenge.Old Burying Ground Challenge

Learn about the lives of men, women and children through this Scavenger Hunt that combines orienteering, geography, math skills and teamwork. Students learn basic compass and pacing skills while embarking on trails throughout the Old Burying Ground, answering questions that challenge critical thinking skills. Along the way, discover the patterns that emerge about life expectancy, the causes of death in colonial times and what gravestone imagery reveals about beliefs and values over time.

Walking Tour: Fairfield in the 18th Century

The center of Fairfield was burned by the British in 1779, but parts of this Colonial Village still remain intact. Learn about the 18th century in Fairfield from the Town Green (that all colonial New England towns established) to the Old Burying Ground, with its oldest grave marker dated 1687.  Encounter the route taken by the British to invade the town and how the townspeople faced this and other challenges during the American Revolution.

Students making corn husk dollsColonial Workshop Hands-On Experience

Students create their own unique projects inspired by colonial trades and traditional crafts in the Fairfield Museum’s Education Center.
Choose from:
Corn Husk Dolls
Corn is an important American crop that was introduced to the colonists by Native American tribes. This important plant was not only a source of food, but it’s fibers were used for many purposes, including weaving, bedding and dollmaking. Participants will discover the simple steps to create their own, unique corn husk dolls.
Bookmaking with Quill Pen and Ink Writing
Learn about the unique writing styles of colonial times; the intricate flourishes, artistic signatures, strange letters and a lack of grammar! Try your hand at this technique, experimenting with different styles and your own writing skills.
Educators can choose a full-day Colonial Life Program at the Fairfield Museum with a rotation of activities selected from the list below. Lunch facilities are available on site or outdoors on the Museum Green.
Walking Tours and Ogden House programs have limited accessibility. Please call with any special needs and we can adjust the program for your group.