Education Programs

The Haddam Historical Society is most proud of our award-winning educational programs. Since 1994 we have provided students with hands-on learning experiences designed to be age-appropriate, fun, and correlate with and enhance the school curriculum. The Society currently hosts students in multiple grades from Regional District #17 and beyond. The goal is to enrich students’ understanding of, and appreciation for, history and the heritage of our town.

Summer Program:

A Week in the Life of an Early American Child
June 24-28, 2024 AND August 5-9, 2024

The Haddam Historical Society will hold its popular summer program, “A Week in the Life of an Early American Child,” from Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28, 2024 AND Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9, 2024 from 9 am to noon each day. The program is offered for all children ages 8–12.  

Students will travel back in time to the year 1830 and spend the week with Mrs. Thankful Arnold and her family. All activities take place at the Thankful Arnold House Museum in Haddam, and they include caring for farm animals, crafting with wool, making butter, baking, playing with Colonial toys and games, and even dancing! The fee is $159 for the five days with all materials and snacks included. Some scholarship funding is available.

For questions regarding the program or scholarship information, contact Nicole Harlow, Education Coordinator, The Haddam Historical Society, at or call 860 345-2400. All students must be pre-registered as space is limited.  


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For Grade Two:

Haddam Center Tour (May)

Students visit six sites relating to Haddam history and government. The Thankful Arnold House, Courthouse Green, The Ancient Burial Yard, and Brainerd Academy all reveal pieces of Haddam’s past. At the Town Office Building students learn about Haddam’s present.

Curriculum connection: Social Studies - Community Government and Services: job of the Board of Selectmen, what a town meeting is; Communities of yesterday and today: familiarity with history of local community.

For Grade Five:

Life in an Early American Home 

Children of today discover how different their roles were in Early America. Students choose to stitch a mini-sampler and realize the importance of their domestic skills, or to make a kite and learn how many chores outside the home depended on them.

Curriculum connection: Social Studies - General Geography: regions of the US; use and creation of time line; New England Colonies and Revolutionary War (home life).



For Information on Girl Scout Programs

For more information on program scheduling, fees, and registration, contact Nicole Harlow, Education Coordinator, at the Haddam Historical Society: If you are interested in other badges, let us know!