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Old Sturbridge Village, Home School Workshops

March 1

Homeschoolers are invited to join us one or both of our popular civics programs designed for youth ages 10 and up!

You may also be interested in the winter sessions of advanced craft workshops for ages 13 and up! Click here to learn more.

Things to know:

  • Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your workshop tickets. As these workshops are in high demand, refunds for workshop fees will only be given up to one week prior to the event date, or in the case of cancellation by Old Sturbridge Village.
  • Unless otherwise noted, these programs will take place inside the Museum Education building.
  • This program meets at the Museum Education Building. Please park in the Museum Education parking lot. For details, download this map.
  • OSV’s programs are rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, we will reach out to reschedule the program.
  • Adults wishing to visit the Village on these dates can purchase admission at the homeschool rate the day of the program.

Town Meeting: The Poor Farm

Date: Friday, March 1

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ages: 10+

Meets at Museum Education

Limit to 25 students

Price: $18

Click here to register

Students will participate in a modified version of our Town Meeting. In this civics-focused program, students participate in a mock town meeting where they explore the function of local government. The program explores the essential question “How should our town care for its poorest citizens?”

Led by museum educators, students will learn about the nature of poverty in the 19th century and the ways in which New England towns took care of those in need. After the lesson, students interview Villagers and gather different points of view. Finally, the group will convene at the Center Meetinghouse for a Town Meeting, led by a costumed educator, where they debate and vote on the issue. This interactive program encourages students to think critically, form arguments, and back up their opinions using historical information.


Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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(800) 733-1830
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