This summer, NYCHAPS hosted an in-service day for teachers from the Northern York County School District. The visit was part of a continuing community outreach between the two groups. Representatives from NYCHAPS have been working with school district administration to provide resources that will supplement the history curriculum and enrich learning for students in our community.
Teachers started out the morning with a visit to Maple Shade Barn, where they had the chance to tour our Archives Room and participate in a scavenger hunt using resources from our library and museum. Next the teachers had a chance to interact with resources available in our Colonial Trunks. They learned about Colonial American clothing, toys, games, and a variety of objects including household items, herbs and musical instruments.
Next the group walked to Dill’s Tavern and Plantation, where they started with a tour of our facilities. In the Tavern they witnessed hearth cooking, learned about how the architecture revealed the evolution of the building, and met two historic characters. They were able to interact with John Dill and Leonard Eichelberger, two former residents of the structre. These characters were enacted by NYCHAPS members and provided a first-person interpretation of the history of the period. In the Wheelwright Shop, teachers observed our historic facility, collection of historic tools and equipment. They were introduced to our blacksmith, cabinet-maker, and gunsmith. The group then toured the barn where they saw historic methods of harvesting grain.
The morning ended with lunch in the tavern’s dining room. Teachers were served by members of NYCHAPS clad in historical garb. The menu was based on some of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites.
Teachers expressed excitement about NYCHAPS facilities and resources, and are looking forward to new educational opportunities for their students.