Abolition and Social Change in 19th-Century New England


Through primary sources and interactive experiences throughout the Village, students will learn about the ways in which the Northern states participated in the institution of slavery in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, as well as the ways that some people fought against this system. Focusing on the 19th-century abolitionist movement, participants in this program will piece together a larger picture of the impact of slavery in a town like Sturbridge in the 1830s. At the start of the trip, students begin with a short, educator-led introduction at the Museum Education Center. In small groups, they will visit specific sites in the Museum to look at primary sources. They will think deeply about the factors that influence their everyday choices and how they can use their own voices to create radical change. The program concludes at 12:30 in the Center Meetinghouse, where students participate in a 30-minute guided discussion and conclusion.
This program requires pre-visit work to be done in class ahead of your trip. (will send link for pre-visit materials soon)
Recommended for 5th through 12th grades. Minimum of 25 students.
Pricing: $14 (Students), $17 (Chaperones), FREE (Teachers and School Support Staff)

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Old Sturbridge Village

Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Explore our 200+ acres and 40 historical buildings, chat with costumed historians as they work the tasks of the past, and be inspired by the stories of early 19th-century rural New England life.

As the largest living history museum in New England, Old Sturbridge Village brings history to life through costumed historians, preserved buildings, a working farm and mills, amazing objects in our vast collections and incredible stories from life in the early 19th century. Offering more programming, more hands-on experiences and more fun for all ages, we are more than a museum—we are Old Sturbridge Village.

Please Note: Old Sturbridge Village hours change seasonally. Please check our website for detailed information.



History, 19th Century, African American History, Government & Civics, Primary Sources


150 students, 1 chap. per 10 stu.


30 min.


Field Trip


5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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