Museum of World War II

Friday, September 16, 2016 
TWO TIME SLOTS10:00 tour (welcome, 45 minute guided tour, then you can explore on your own)
12:00 tour
(welcome, 45 minute guided tour, then you can explore on your own)
Children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Ages 8 and up (sorry, younger siblings may not attend)

Museum of World War II
8 Mercer Road, Natick, MA. 01760

Cost: $19.00 per person
10:00 tour register via this PayPal link.
12:00 tour register via this PayPal link.
Refunds are given only if the venue cancels.

Experience description:
Visiting the museum is a unique experience.  In addition to being the most comprehensive collection of original World War II artifacts anywhere in the world,  the exhibition- nearly 7,000 pieces-  integrates the human, political and military stories.  It is an intense experience made more so by the fact most artifacts are not behind or under glass. This is not a museum of artifacts behind glass!  Most can be touched.

Recommended reading and viewing:

About the museum
In his own words: Ken Rendell, Director and Founder of Museum of WWII

Dear America books and teaching resources

Learning Resources
Scholastic's Pearl Harbor
PDF Curriculum at Currclick


Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History

Friday, August 12th 11:00 - 1:00 (this is an approximate end time, it could go a little shorter)

Adults and children welcome.  Aimed at ages 8 and up but all are welcome. 
Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History
241 Wellesley Street Weston, MA 02493 (on the campus of Regis College)
$13.00 per person via this PayPal link.

Experience description:
Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History

This museum has exhibitions featuring rarities, US and world wide collections, and postal history.
We will take a guided tour, be given a slide show presentation overview of Postal History and Stamps and a hands-on activity.  Watch history come alive through stamps!

Refunds are given only if the venue cancels.

Recommended Reading
The Stamp Collector by Jennifer Lanthier
The Complete Guide to Stamps and Stamp Collecting


Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory Tour

Tuesday, July 19, 2016  10:00 - 11:00 (tour is approximately 60 minutes)

All ages welcome. 

Mason & Hamlin Piano Co.
35 Duncan St. Haverhill, MA 01830

$8.00 per person via this PayPal link.

Experience description:
Tour the Mason & Hamlin piano factory to see how the World’s Finest Piano is made!

Please note the following regarding this factory tour:
  • Handicapped access is not offered.
  • Participants are required to climb stairs.
  • Children must be supervised.

Recommended Reading
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield


Ice House Tour - Gloucester

Tuesday, July 19, 2016  2:00 - 2:45 (tour is approximately 45 minutes)
All ages welcome. 
Cape Pond Ice House
104 Commercial Street, Fort Point Wharf, on Gloucester's Historic Waterfront. Directions: 1/4 mile down Commercial Street from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, past Pavilion Beach, the freezers & fish plants - at end on left.

$13.00 per adult via this PayPal link.
$11.00 per child (ages 8 -12) via this PayPal link
$1.00 per child (ages 3 - 7) via this PayPal link

Experience description:
Cape Pond Ice House Tour
45 minute narrated tours of Gloucester's historic ice company. Warm clothing or a sweatshirt & practical shoes recommended!
·         Explore the historic ice house and working wharf. 
·         See spectacular ice sculptures. 
·         Learn about our 166 year history icing Gloucester's fleet and their Perfect Storm connection
Enjoy a uniquely "COOL" visit to the Cape Pond Ice Company, where they have been icing Gloucester's fleet since 1848.  Explore our historic Ice House and see first-hand 300-pound block ice being made - up to 150 tons per day. See fishing vessels taking on ice, and ice sculptures being carved in our historic ice house on Gloucester's working waterfront!
The Cape Pond Ice office shop features historic photographs and tools documenting the company's history since 1848, and vintage movie footage of early 1900 ice harvesting.
This is an unusual & interesting part of Gloucester's working waterfront and local history. But be warned:  this is an active industrial plant, so due care & caution must be observed.

Recommended Reading
ICE!: The Amazing History of the Ice Business by Laurence Pringle
The Ice Horse by Candace Christiansen


Perkins School for the Blind

Monday, May 9, 2016  11:00 - 12:15

Ages 10 and up (sorry, under 10 cannot attend)

This is NOT a drop off, parents should attend with kids.

Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street Watertown, MA 02472
The main parking lot is on the right. Visitors should proceed to the Howe Building (main building with the tower) and check-in with the Switchboard. 

$8.00 per person via this PayPal link.  

Experience description:

We will tour the school and have a chance to experience what learning is like for blind students.

I recommend reading
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall by  Barry
mirror-mirror-wall-discussion-guide In 1932, 1 12-year-old girl who lost her sight in an accident keeps a diary, recorded by her twin sister, in which she describes life at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. 


Old Ship Church Tour

Monday, May 9, 2016  2:30 - 3.30

All ages are welcome.

Old Ship Church Tour
107 Main St Hingham, MA

Cost: Free

Experience description
A National Historic Landmark recognized for its exceptional value in interpreting the heritage of the United States, the Old Ship Meeting House has become a favorite landmark for visitors tracing family roots or the highlights of American history.
Built in 1681, Old Ship served two purposes: as a Meeting House where civic issues of the day were discussed, and as a place of worship on Sundays. Lively debates over the Revolution, the form American Democracy would take, and local issues such as property taxes, have taken place under its distinctive timber roof. 

Architecturally, the Meeting House is an example of Elizabethan Gothic style found in the early settlers native Hingham, England. The great curved timbers that support the roof were cut from bowed oak limbs grown in local forest. Axe hewn, no two are exactly alike in dimension. Although it’s still a mystery, the name Old Ship may have been inspired by the unusual roof structure, which resembles the hull of a ship.

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