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To arrange a field trip for your class or group, or for more information, please contact Headquarters House Museum’s Educator Joie Anderson at Joie.Anderson@nscdny.org or call 212-988-4790.
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School Field Trips:
We offer a hands-on educational experience based on colonial daily life in New Amsterdam through our interactive field trip program which ties in with the New York City Department of Education Social Studies curriculum. The children, tour our museum and learn about how they would have lived in New Amsterdam and early New York. Then, in our classroom, don colonial costumes and dance a minuet.
Timeline & words you will hear on your visit to the Headquarters House Museum
Time Line Highlights Including Early History of New York
1492: Columbus discovered America
1609: Henry Hudson, early explorer: Hudson River was named for him
1613: First Dutch Settlers on Manhattan Island
1620: Dutch Trading Post established on Manhattan Island
1625: Fort New Amsterdam established
1626: Pieter Minuet purchased Manhattan for beads and trinkets worth $26.00:
He was first Governor of New Amsterdam
1647-1664: Pieter Stuyvesant, Governor of New Amsterdam
1664: Dutch surrender to English and New Amsterdam becomes New York
1776-1783: Revolutionary War, led by General George Washington
who became the first President in 1789
Key Terms you will hear on Your Visit
Beavers: Small animals whose skins were sent to Holland for making men’s hats. These hats were so popular that the trade of skins helped establish New Amsterdam as a port.
Trade: The exchange, buying or selling of goods; for example beaver furs were shipped to Europe and fabrics and fine household goods were shipped back
Merchant: A person who buys and sells goods for a profit
Tradesman: A person who works with his hands and has learned a special skill
Apprentice: A young person who works for master tradesman to learn a trade or skill
Indentured Servant: A person who works under a written agreement that binds him to work for a certain length of time; for example to pay off the cost of the trip from Europe to New Amsterdam
Slave: A person who is owned by another person and has no freedom at all
Bentside spinet or Harpsichord: An early musical instrument similar to a piano
Minuet: A slow, graceful, stylized dance popular during the colonial era
Quill: A large stiff feather whose tip is sharpened into a point for writing
Carder: A tool similar to a wire brush used to comb or separate fibres, especially wool, before spinning
Spinning Wheel: A foot pedal operated wooden machine used to pull the fibres and twist them into thread or yarn for weaving or knitting
Weave: To form into fabric by passing threads or yarn over and under one another on a loom
Jabot: A broad ruffle of lace worn on the front of a man’s shirt
Pannier: A pair of hoops used to expand or hold out a woman’s skirt at the sides
Fichu: A scarf worn by a woman
Mobcap: A cotton cap worn indoors by women and girls
We have been developing a program that would serve as an independent project or augmentation to the field trip to our Headquarters. We come to your classroom with a short power point presentation and make “beaver pelt” hats. The beaver was very important to the early economy of New Amsterdam and the hats made from the beaver fur were worn by men and women.
Adults enjoy our museum as well. Various institutions that teach English as a Second Language to professionals have visited us not only to work on and add English vocabulary, but to also learn a bit of American History. Decorative Arts and Art History classes from many of the colleges in Manhattan come to see our superb collection of American and English furniture, porcelain and interior architecture. But, they too, always seem to want to try on the costumes and dance a little gavotte!
Our Mission:The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America actively promotes our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects.
HEADQUARTERS HOUSE MUSEUM
215 East 71st Street, between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 744-3572
Subway: #6 to 68th Street Station
Bus: M101, M102 or M103 to 72nd Street, or M72 crosstown
School Groups: September - June
donation of $4 per person
VAN CORTLANDT HOUSE MUSEUM
Broadway at West 246th Street, Bronx, NY 10471
Tel: (718) 543-3344
Subway: #1 to 242nd Street Station
Bus: Bx9 to West 244th Street
Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 3pm
Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 4pm.
Adults $5; Students & Seniors, $3, Children under 12 are free.
Admission is free on Wednesdays.