The Concord Museum has built long-term partnerships with the Concord Public Schools and the Lowell Public Schools that ensure local history education to students in these districts.
For over 35 years the Concord Museum has been working with the Concord Public Schools to provide hands-on local history to students in the town of Concord. The Museum works with students at all grade levels, and has a particularly long-standing relationship with the third grade and the high school.
Working directly with Concord teachers, the Museum has developed a program for third graders that is fully integrated into the third grade Social Studies curriculum. The program includes three visits with the museum including two in-classroom programs and one on-site program at the Museum.
ALL third graders participate in:
Rivers and Revolutions at Concord-Carlisle High School
The Concord Museum serves as a host site for students from the Rivers and Revolutions program, an inter-disciplinary “school within a school” at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, who each take part in a Stewardship Program. As a host site, the Museum staff works closely with students on a meaningful semester-long project that introduces them to skills involved in working in museums, the community, and the field of history. Projects have included the creation of exhibitions, a hands-on family station, family guides, and a mobile phone app.
Thanks to the generous support of many donors to the Paul Revere’s Ride Fund, the Concord Museum has built a partnership with the Lowell Public Schools that allows students to visit the Concord Museum at no cost. The Fund underwrites the cost of buses and program fees. The partnership began in the fall of 2014 with fifth grade and Kindergarten and in 2017, expanded to the eighth grade.
Working with the Curriculum Coordinators in Lowell, the Concord Museum developed the Digging into the Past program to fit with the social studies curriculum and help make social studies connections to the 5th graders personal experiences. In the program, students become archaeologists, handle and discussed 4,000-year-old Native American stone tools from the Museum’s education collection, and explore the critical first encounters between English Settlers and Native Americans in Massachusetts.
Each year, Lowell Kindergarteners are invited to participate in a literacy program during the Museum’s annual exhibition Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. This program serves schools with a large population of English Language Learners to support their work in literacy and language. Students come to the museum and read great works of children’s literature, reviewed the alphabet, created literature based crafts, and explored the museum galleries.
All Lowell 8th classrooms receive the Revolutionary Traveling Trunk. Filled with primary source artifacts and documents, including touchable objects, the trunk allows the richness of the Concord Museum’s collection to come into the classroom. The trunk includes directions to set up stations and worksheets for the students to use to help made the Revolutionary unit come alive.