History on Wheels

Host a WHS educator at your location to lead children through a short 30-45 minute historical activity. Costumes, games, and artifacts introduce a passion for local and global history through this community outreach program. The programs listed below are a selection of the activities available for a traveling “History on Wheels” program.

Fun and Games

 

Changing Neighborhoods

Westport’s neighborhoods are vibrant and help define the community that lives here now. Explore what your neighborhood might have looked like, as well as your neighbors, in this program looking at historic neighborhoods! This visit includes photographs of well known landmarks, as well as people, from several different time periods. Discussion will include how neighborhoods grew and receded as different modes of transportation, trade, and ideas were introduced to the area. Includes a short hands-on art project of what the classes’ ideal neighborhood would look like.

School Days

Students will learn how to examine photographs across time to uncover clues about Westport’s schools. They will compare changes in school house interiors and architectural features. Artifacts such as slate boards and horn books will be examined, as well as the first private school master in Westport, Ebenezer Adams. Observations about similarities and differences between then and now will be used to draw conclusions about how the school system has changed over time.

Illusion and Magic

 

Costumes

Clothes! It’s what everyone’s wearing! 

 

Inventions

 

 

More program themes are added periodically and WHS Educators are happy to work with teachers to create custom programs.

For more information please contact the education and programming department by phone at (203) 222-1424 ext. 111 or by email at ncarpenter@westporthistory.org