Educational Programs for School Children

The North Andover Historical Society plays an important role in the bringing history alive for children of all ages. The following programs meet many of the core concepts of the Massachusetts Frameworks for Social Studies at various grade levels. 


through a child's eyes: daily life at johnson cottage

Adaptable to grades 1-2 and third graders studying local history units, this four rotation program introduces students to the daily life of children in the 1820's. When they visit Johnson Cottage, they experience first hand the scale of early federal dwellings, learn about the household duties, and discover what their jobs would be in an early 19th century family. Each student participates in churning butter, examining reproduction clothing of the 1820s, "Going to School" and "The Stories Quilts Tell".

Cost per Student: $5

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looking for the past: local history all around us

The Society offers several multi-part programs including a PowerPoint presentation providing a brief overview of the town's history based on historic images, a scavenger hunt of the town's buildings and history, and in-classroom presentation on using artifacts to discover history. These various in-classroom programs are offered FREE of charge as a service to the North Andover community.

Thank you for coming to Grade 3S to read “Sam Johnson & the Blue Ribbon Quilt”...I loved all the sewing and working together. You read it with so much excitement and energy. I love when you come to visit us. I think the patterns in the book were very beautiful. I loved it so much. I really look forward to seeing you again at Johnson Cottage in the Spring.
— Sincerely, Sarma

field trip options: $5/per student


outreach children's programs

Programs are available for individual classrooms or for groups on a variety of topics including local history, holidays, schools of the past, and other exhibit related topics (i.e., Civil war, 18th Century in the North Parish).

Fees depend on scope of the program desired.