Perkins House Museum
105 Main Street, Liverpool
Open June 1–October 15
Monday–Saturday, 9:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday, 1 – 5:30pm
Tel: 902 354 4058
Contact: Linda Rafuse, Director or Kathleen Stitt, Administrative Assistant, to book a visit or request a program guide.
Hear our "sheepish" puppet tell the story about the Perkins House kids. This story will include a tour of the Perkins House. After the story the students will make a wooly craft.
Privateering for children. Students will learn the difference between pirates and privateers through the interactive storytelling by Captain Jack Seagull of Perkins' own fleet. This program begins with a tour of the Perkins House and ends with students creating a take-home craft.
Find out how the Perkins family celebrated Christmas in the 1700's and how traditions changed in the years just before the reign of Queen Victoria. Students make a take-home Christmas Ornament for their tree.
Discover this common domestic activity of the 18th century. Observe and learn how the wool made its way from the sheep to your favorite pair of mittens. Students will also get to make a wooly craft.
An interactive discussion of children's roles in the household, including play time, chores and social life. Followed by a hands on activity with toys and games of the Colonial and Victorian periods. From Spinning tops to noise makers you are sure to have fun learning about these games.
How did Mom do the laundry a hundred years ago? Using examples from the Museum collection, students will discover through observation and practical experience the progression of everyday household implements. Includes hands-on demonstrations of "beating" a carpet, using a washboard and the push lawnmower.
During this walking tour, students discover changes in details of the Liverpool street scape. Using old photographs and exploration students compare and contrast life in Liverpool past and present. Each tour will be structured to the age of the group.
See actual medical instruments from the 1700's and hear how they were used by Perkins Family Physician, Dr. Falt. Using student volunteers, we'll compare and contrast older Medieval medical treatments to Dr. Falt's treatments and to today's treatments.
Using excerpts from the Perkins Diary as guides, students interpret a day in the life of merchant Simeon Perkins by making their own diary entries and presenting them to their fellow classmates. A take-home diary and practical experience with quill pens and ink are included in the program. The students will partner to learn the colonial pastime of silhouette drawing.
A costumed interpreter leads the class through Liverpool's Old Burial Ground. Using excerpts from the Perkins Diary, students discover the burial practices of the times. Did you know children acted as pall bearers? Hear the tragic stories of some of our founding families. Find out little known facts, such as why some bodies buried in the middle of busy streets. Each tour will be structured to the age of the group.
An interpreter from the Queens County Museum/Perkins House will visit school classes in the local area to present any of the programs. Students can see a variety of artifacts and learn about various disciplines in all of the programs. Activities can be combined or adapted to meet a variety of ages levels or areas of study.