Can’t come to us? The answer is our Outreach Programs. The Plantation’s interpreters can take colonial life programs “on the road.” Outreach is available year round to both children and adults in any group setting. Programs can also be customized to fit your needs. To schedule an Outreach program or get more information call the Plantation Office at 610-566-1725. Download the Outreach Brochure.
Traveling Workshops bring a variety of hands on activities to your location. These programs will appeal to all ages, especially those interested in Pennsylvania’s colonial history. Traveling Workshops last for 45 minutes and can accommodate groups of up to 30. If the group consists of individuals under the age of 18, at least one adult must be present for the duration of the program.
Colonial Toys and Games – Our interpeters demonstrate and discuss a variety of 18th century toys and games and their significance in a colonial child’s development. Participants can then enjoy some of the toys and games themselves.
Colonial Food – A variety of artifacts and food materials complement a demonstration and introduction to the food and foodways of 18th century Pennsylvania.
Colonial Clothing – a variety of artifacts and clothing pieces complement an interactive discussion and demonstration of 18th century clothing. Clothing styles of men, women, and children are all discussed.
Discovery Programs focus on the ways that humans depend on natural resources for everyday survival. The emphasis is on the processing of raw materials into finished products. Programs typically run one hour and can accommodate groups of up to 30 participants. Ideal for ages 7 to 12 and includes age-appropriate hands-on activities.
“What We Eat”
Starting with an average school lunchbox, this program investigates the origins of some of our favorite foods and compares how these foods were made historically with how they are made today. May include foods like bread, butter, apple juice and vegetables. Please make us aware at time of booking if food allergies might be a concern.
“What We Wear”
This program analyzes the environmental and cultural history of our clothing. Participants will understand what fabrics come from our natural resources, how they are processed, and what you can tell about a person by what they wear. May include exploration of wool, cotton, linen, silk, jewelry and leather.
New for 2013, the Plantation now offers programs with a reading component. Perfect for daycares, libraries, and schools. Includes reading of one book, interactive discussion, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Ideal for Pre-K to 3rd Grade. Program runs 45 minutes, for up to 30 participants. Children under the age of 5 must be accompanied by an adult companion.
Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep by Teri Sloat
After Farmer Brown shears the wool from his sheep, they go on a journey to get it back! In the process they witness their wool get cleaned, carded, spun, dyed and woven into cloth. Children will learn that everyday items like clothes come from animals, and it’s not as easy as it might seem!
Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle
A boy named Jack wakes up one morning craving a pancake. Our storyteller will read about Jack’s adventures in acquiring the ingredients needed to make a pancake. Along the way, children will learn that food comes from fields and barns, and takes a lot of work to make!
The Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall
A farmer takes to market all of the products that his family has made over the course of a year and sells or trades them for things they can’t make at home. Children will learn not only about how people lived in the past, but about how activities are tied to seasons, and how colonial people depended on natural resources for survival.
Special Reading Program
In honor of the Summer Reading Program for 2015, “Every Hero Has a Story,” the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is proud to present: John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith
Click here to read the flyer !
The Plantation also offers a set of Outreach lectures for adult audiences. Each lecture is an hour long (45 minutes presentation, 15 minutes Q&A) on a topic of the 18th century. Each is a combination of visual presentation, complemented with artifacts and discussion. If you would like a topic that is not listed below, we may be able to develop one for your event.
The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation– For groups who may be limited in their ability to visit the plantation, we offer this 45 minute virtual tour of the site. The presentation covers all the major aspects of a visit to the farm.
Colonial Clothing – Relying on both modern and historical images this presentation gives an overview to the styles, history, and transition of clothing in the colonial era.
Colonial Foodways – Relying on a variety of period images, reproduction items, and photographs this lecture presents the history of food in colonial Pennsylvania.
Breadbasket of the World — A lecture covering the origins and techniques of historic flour milling in the Delaware Valley.
*Program Cost Information
For locations that are 25 miles or more from the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, an additional travel fee may be assessed at a rate of $.75 per mile. The need for such a fee will be determined by Plantation staff at the time of scheduling.
Under certain conditions, reduced fees may be available for outreach programs. Circumstances in which discounts might be available are as follows:
Two or more programs booked in a single day, either at the same location or at multiple locations within close proximity to each other.
Outreach programs booked in conjunction with a site visit.
A list of academic standards fulfilled by each of our outreach programs is available upon request.
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