A visit to Canterbury Shaker Village is a fun and exciting way to engage your students outside of the classroom. Our diverse tour offerings comply with New Hampshire curricular frameworks and cover subjects from science to history. Tours are led by trained museum educators and include time spent in the Village’s historic buildings, as well as hands-on activities designed to enhance the students’ understanding of Shaker life, work, and worship.
Contact us at education(at)shakers.org or call us at (603) 783-9077 x 284 with questions or to book your field trip!
SPECIAL OUTREACH PROGRAM FOR 2017 (Jan-April)
NEW! A VISIT FROM 1860
Grades 4-8 | 1 hour
This outreach program is offered January-April and is $125/per classroom visit, plus mileage.
Meet a neighbor of the Shakers from 1860 without leaving your classroom. Students will be able to ask the costumed interpreter questions about the Shakers and daily life in rural New Hampshire, getting a firsthand perspective on what people of the time thought of the unique religious sect. Discussion topics will include Shaker worship and work, augmented with reproductions of Shaker-made artifacts.
NH Frameworks: Social Studies: US/NH History, Civics & Government, Economics, and Geography.
PROGRAMS AT THE VILLAGE
NEW! SHAKER BOY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SHAKERS
Grades 1-2 | 1.5 hours
Through the lens of a fictionalized story set at the Village, students will participate in crafts and activities to learn how the Shakers created a successful religious community where everyone was welcomed as an important, contributing member.
NH Frameworks: Social Studies: US/NH History, Economics, and Geography. Reading: Written/Oral Communications.
THE SHAKERS: LIFE IN A COMMUNITY
Grades 3-6 | 2 hours
What was it like to live in a Shaker community? Students learn firsthand what life was like for children growing up at Canterbury Shaker Village and discover through hands-on activities how cooperation, invention, and efficiency allowed the Shakers to survive and thrive as a community.
NH Frameworks: Social Studies: US/NH History, World History, Civics & Government, Economics, and Geography. Math: Numbers & Operations, Geometry. Science: Science Process Skills. Reading: Written/Oral Communications
THE SHAKERS AND SIMPLE MACHINES
Grades 3-6 | 2 hours
Creating a thriving, industrious community took ingenuity and hard work. In this hands-on program, students learn about the Shakers’ innovations and investigate their use of simple machines. Perfect for students who have just studied simple machines in the classroom, activities include peeling apples, spinning wool, and practicing math skills by making a ruler. Students even participate in a simple machines scavenger hunt in the Shaker Laundry.
NH Frameworks: Science: Science Process Skills. Math: Numbers & Operations, Geometry & Measurement, Data, Statistics & Probability, Problem Solving, Reasoning, and Proof. Social Studies: NH History. Reading: Written/Oral Communications.
THE EARTH SHALL PROVIDE: THE SHAKERS AND THE LAND
Grades 3-6 | 2 hours
How did people get food and clothe themselves before supermarkets and department stores? Enter the world of the Shakers, whose survival and prosperity depended on the land and on their environmental stewardship. In this hands-on program, students examine the Shakers’ self-sufficient, agrarian lifestyle, drawing conclusions about the importance of the natural world in their own lives today.
NH Frameworks: Social Studies: Economics, Geography, History, and World History. Science: Learning Standards, Science Process Skills. Reading: Written/Oral Communications
EQUALITY: THE SHAKER PIONEERS
Grades 7-10 | 2 hours
The Shakers were pioneers in gender and racial equality. Stepping back in time, students learn how equality shaped Shaker communities and debate issues from the viewpoints of fictional characters in history. This program encourages students to think critically about the reasons why people might have joined the Shakers, culminating in a debate about a fictionalized court case about a family divided by their desire to join the Shakers.
NH Frameworks: Social Studies: Civics & Government, History. Reading: Written/Oral Communications
THE SHAKER STORY
Grades 9-12 | 75 minutes
The Shaker Story introduces students to the history, culture and innovations of the Canterbury Shakers. The Shakers’ worship, work and daily life are discussed on this guided tour through the Meeting House, Laundry, and Dwelling House. Students learn how the Shakers strived to create a perfect community that was “heaven on earth,” using modern technology and innovative ideas to ensure that their experiment in communal religious life was successful for more than 200 years.
NH Frameworks: Social Studies: Economics, Geography, History, and World History.
Have Questions? Know which program you want to book?
Email us at education(at)shakers.org or call us at (603) 783-9077 x 284 today to book your space!