Option 5: Town Meeting


In this civics-focused program students participate in a mock town meeting where they learn how local government functions. The program explores the essential question “How should our town care for its poorest citizens?” At the start of the trip, students begin with a short 15 minute introduction at the Museum Education Center and then enter the museum to interview Villagers and gather different points of view. The program concludes in the Center Meetinghouse where students participate in a 45 minute Town Meeting lead by a costumed interpreter to debate and vote on the issue. This interactive program encourages students to think critically, form arguments, and back up their opinions using historical information. Please note: Times selected are for concluding Town Meeting.

This program requires pre-visit work to be done in class ahead of your trip. Visit www.osv.org for pre-visit materials.

Pricing: $14 (Students), $17 (Chaperones), FREE (Teachers and School Support Staff)

Offered At

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, Social Studies, Government & Civics, Speaking & Listening


150 students


45 min.


Field Trip


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

Price Options

$12.00 per Person for School Group