Education & Family Programs


MHHM Museum Educator Cynthia Winslow with the Assumption School_Image Courtesy of Stan Freeny

Education & Family Programs:

Programs are available both at the Museum and in your classroom.  At the Museum, programs  may be scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and vary from 1 to 2 hours in length. We offer Home School Workshops several times per semester, see below. All programs must be scheduled in advance. Please contact the Museum Educator for availability. April, May, and June dates are popular and should be scheduled a minimum of two months in advance. On-site programs have a 50-student-per-day limit.

SUMMER ADVENTURE PROGRAMS – July & August – spaces still available!!

Children will explore science, history and the arts in an inspiring historic environment through these week-long programs:

Nature Before Noon (ages 7-8), July 7-11 – children will observe and explore nature and express what they see using a variety of artistic materials.

Secrets of the Civil War (ages 9-12) July 28 – Aug. 1 – participate in hands-on project and learn about battles and home front activities.

Summer in the Secret Garden (ages 9-12) Aug. 11 – 15 – Spend mornings in the garden like the characters from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic book.

Download the brochure and registration materials, or contact our Museum Educator.

PreSchool Programs:

Growing in the Garden is a twice monthly, year-round Preschool Program (Summer 2014 schedule) for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers.

Scout Programs:

We offer Girl Scout programs for Juniors, Brownies and Daisies, and a new Boy Scout program, Architecture, Past and Present is now available.  Please contact the Museum Educator for details.

Homeschool Programs:

Home School Workshops, Spring 2014   Workshops are completed for the season, but stay tuned for Fall 2014 session information!

Family Programs:

Friday, May 9, 2014,  1 – 4pm – National Public Gardens Day

The  gardens will be open for visitors with special family activities as we participate in the American Public Gardens Association’s annual event in partnership with Rain bird. Help us promote awareness of the 500 botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos and historic gardens in the neighborhoods throughout North America.  Free; preregistration required. Contact our Museum Educator .

School Programs:

Grades 1-5: Programs Overview & Content Standards

Grade 1: A Home Away From Home

Grades 2, 3: Lessons From The Garden

Grades 2 – 4: Meeting Mr. Macculloch

Grades 5-11 Programs Overview, Content Standards

New! Thomas Nast School Programs – This new program series follows Thomas Nast’s career from an up-and-coming artist with passion and courage, to an experienced political cartoonist who used his talent to influence public opinion over national issues in post-Civil War America:

Meet the Press: Civil War Weekly Newspapers

Curbing the Copperheads: Nast and the 1864 Election

Portraying Post-War Presidents: Johnson and Grant

Civil War School Programs – the Museum offers several interactive programs that focus on the lives of George Macculloch’s three grandsons who served in the Union Army and Navy during dramatic and critical moments during the war and Reconstruction:

A Call to Arms (life of Lindley Hoffman Miller)

The Blockade Begins (life of Henry Miller)

The Home Front (life of Jacob Miller)

For classes or groups wishing to schedule use of the historic gardens as an outdoor classroom, please contact the museum office for availability.

To schedule school programs, contact Museum Educator Cynthia Winslow  (973) 538-2404 ext. 16.