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Registration Open: Immigration Experience

Registration Open: Immigration Experience

Tuesday February 18, 2020 - Saturday May 16, 2020 All Day

Wistariahurst’s signature school program Immigration Experience brings 200—300 elementary school students annually from Holyoke and surrounding communities onto our site to learn about turn-of-the-20th Century immigration to the United States. The program is designed to complement classroom learning by asking the students to engage with the imagined emotions, challenges, decisions, and hardships that would go along with leaving one’s home behind to make a new start in a foreign country.

The day’s adventures focus on Holyoke’s major ethnic population, French Canadian, German, Irish, Polish and Puerto Rican, with students immersing themselves in several activities these groups were involved in. Students will not only be learning about immigrants and migrants and their journey to the Paper City, students will also become acquainted with the story of William Skinner and his successful life in America as an English immigrant.

The 2019 program will be offered between June 1-11. We encourage all groups of learning – including scout groups, homeschool groups, and out-of-school time groups – to sign up for this experience.

Please send the following information to [email protected] to reserve a date:

  • Preferred date and time (please list 2 – 3 options if possible)
  • Size of group
  • School/Group name
  • Age of students
  • Any special requests, accessibility concerns, or needs of the group

Or call 413-322-5660 x5166  to speak to Program Coordinator Cheryl O’Connell.

Program Length: approx. 3 hours
Cost: $7 per student for Holyoke schools, $9 per student for non Holyoke schools, educators and chaperones free of charge*
Minimum: 15 students / Maximum: 60 students
Appropriate for grades 2 – 5

*Wistariahurst does not turn away student groups due to financial need. Please contact [email protected] for scholarship information.

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