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Engaged Holyoke students on a field trip to Wistariahurst Museum

Wistariahurst Museum can provide a one-of-a-kind educational program that ties in with current school curriculum like immigration, industrial revolution and local history while creating memorable learning experiences. Below are a few options we offer for students of many ages.

Tour of Wistariahurst

Focusing on the story of William Skinner, his world famous silk mill and the lives of his family and servants, a tour of Wistariahurst opens guest’s eyes to life from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Tours of Wistariahurst Museum can be tailored to many different subjects to help meet educator’s goals, whether you are studying the Industrial Revolution, Holyoke’s rich history, class divides, sericulture, the Victorian Era or one of many other topics.
Program Length: approx. 1 hour
Cost: $5 per student with educators and chaperones free of charge
Maximum: 30 students
Appropriate for grades 5 and up

Immigration Experience at Wistariahurst Museum

Things They CarriedWistariahurst Museum’s Immigration Experience is a unique way for students to experience the life of an immigrant during their voyage to America around the turn of the century and what they had to endure in their quest to create a new home. 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. (Immigration Experience Description 2017)
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: 20 students / Maximum: 60 students
Appropriate for grades 3 – 5


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