Institute for American Indian Studies

Explore the past and engage with the present at the Institute for American Indian Studies! Our interactive programs are tailored to students, scouts, and homeschoolers of all ages, allowing them to experience Native American life before European contact in our replicated Algonquian village and our indoor longhouse room, before bridging the gap to discuss contemporary Native issues. Each exhibit room introduces a unique focus, such as cultural development over time, efficient use of resources, and the effect Europeans and climate had on Native Americans across the country. In 2019, our Museum is adding Wigwam Escape, a puzzle game that will ask visitors to immerse themselves for a day (about 1 hour game time) in the year 1518 learn about the skills Natives needed to thrive so long ago.

contact info

Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 12PM-5PM (last admission at 4:30PM).

School

Field trips to the Institute for American Indian Studies allow students to learn about and experience Native American culture. During educational programs, students will discuss European-Native American interactions, play Native American musical instruments, and more. Add activities including traditional storytelling, games, or crafts such as beading and clay pottery to your program for a more immersive experience. Archaeological and historical presentations by the institute’s Director of Research and Collections, Dr. Lucianne Lavin, are also available.

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies.

topics covered:
Native Americans, American history, art, crafts, music, culture.

contact info
Name: Education Department
Phone: 860-868-0518 ext. 103

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities, Performances. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Living History Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned between $13-$16 per month. Reading about these facts is interesting, but actually living them makes the information come alive. Living History Centers can allow students to experience how people lived during important historical eras, including enlisting as a soldier during the Civil War.

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Institute for American Indian Studies

Explore the past and engage with the present at the Institute for American Indian Studies! Our interactive programs are tailored to students, scouts, and homeschoolers of all ages, allowing them to experience Native American life before European contact in our replicated Algonquian village and our indoor longhouse room, before bridging the gap to discuss contemporary Native issues. Each exhibit room introduces a unique focus, such as cultural development over time, efficient use of resources, and the effect Europeans and climate had on Native Americans across the country. In 2019, our Museum is adding Wigwam Escape, a puzzle game that will ask visitors to immerse themselves for a day (about 1 hour game time) in the year 1518 learn about the skills Natives needed to thrive so long ago.

contact info

Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 12PM-5PM (last admission at 4:30PM).

Scouts

Programs for Cub, Boy, and Girl Scouts are available at the Institute for American Indian Studies. Scouts can work on Indian Lore and Archaeology badges (archaeology only available from March to November) through activities such as shelter building, mock excavations, and more. Craft activities such as making corn husk dolls, beading, and clay pottery can also be used for Art badges. Scout Days coming soon!

supports scout badges in:
Social Studies.

topics covered:
Indian lore, archaeology, Native Americans, American history, art, crafts, music, culture.

contact info
Name: Education Department
Phone: 860-868-0518 ext. 103

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Living History Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned between $13-$16 per month. Reading about these facts is interesting, but actually living them makes the information come alive. Living History Centers can allow students to experience how people lived during important historical eras, including enlisting as a soldier during the Civil War.

View Lesson Plan>>

Institute for American Indian Studies

Explore the past and engage with the present at the Institute for American Indian Studies! Our interactive programs are tailored to students, scouts, and homeschoolers of all ages, allowing them to experience Native American life before European contact in our replicated Algonquian village and our indoor longhouse room, before bridging the gap to discuss contemporary Native issues. Each exhibit room introduces a unique focus, such as cultural development over time, efficient use of resources, and the effect Europeans and climate had on Native Americans across the country. In 2019, our Museum is adding Wigwam Escape, a puzzle game that will ask visitors to immerse themselves for a day (about 1 hour game time) in the year 1518 learn about the skills Natives needed to thrive so long ago.

contact info

Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 12PM-5PM (last admission at 4:30PM).

Homeschool

Homeschool groups can participate in the Institute for American Indian Studies’ Native Ingenuity program. The program allows homeschoolers to learn about Native American culture and history while handling replica tools, clothing, and instruments. Activities such as traditional storytelling, games, or crafts such can be added to your field trip experience.

topics covered:
Native Americans, American history, art, crafts, music, culture.

contact info
Name: Education Department
Phone: 860-868-0518 ext. 103

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities, Performances. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-2.5 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Living History Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned between $13-$16 per month. Reading about these facts is interesting, but actually living them makes the information come alive. Living History Centers can allow students to experience how people lived during important historical eras, including enlisting as a soldier during the Civil War.

View Lesson Plan>>

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