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Our lessons . . .
  • Bring New Hampshire history to life!
  • Relate to the New Hampshire Social Studies Standards.
  • Are adaptable to all grades let us know the content you want emphasized and we will try to accommodate you.
  • Are one hour in length.
  • Are taught in small groups by professional museum teachers.
  • Involve the use of the museum's exhibitions, hands-on artifacts, activities, or primary resources.
  • Include previews and lesson-related materials to prepare your students for their museum lesson.
  • Can accommodate 45 students (unless otherwise indicated).

Highlights of New Hampshire History
Using exhibits and artifacts, this lesson introduces students to Native American life, colonial settlement, and the rise of industry in the 1800s. Recreated historical settings, as well as our famous Concord Coach, bring these topics to life for your class. Teachers may choose any of three options:

Option 1: New Hampshire History Overview
[Download a lesson preview and pre-visit support materials]
This most popular option meets the needs of visiting classes by providing a basic historical overview.
NH Social Studies Standards: Economics 1, 2, 5; Geography 1, 2, 4; US/NH History 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Option 2: Transportation From Trails to Rails
[Download a lesson preview and pre-visit support materials]
Follow the evolution of travel from Indian trails to the rise of the automobile. Discover how the ever-changing means of transportation affected the state and transformed its landscape.
NH Social Studies Standards: Economics 1, 2, 5; Geography 1, 2, 4; US/NH History 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Railroads not only dominated transportation in New Hampshire for nearly a century, but also helped define the state's tourist industry. NHHS Collections.
Railroads dominated transportation in New Hampshire for nearly a century and helped define the state's tourist industry. New Hampshire Historical Society Collections.
Lithograph of Sawyer Woolen Mills, Dover, NH, circa 1885. NHHS Collections.
Lithograph of Sawyer Woolen Mills, Dover, NH, circa 1885. New Hampshire Historical Society Collections.

Option 3: Industrialization Made for Trade
[Download pre-visit support materials]
Students explore the foundations of New Hampshire's 19th-century industrial economy: production in Native American and colonial economies are contrasted with the mass production of the Concord coach and of cotton and woolen goods. The lesson emphasizes the importance of the state's water resources and the inventive genius of New Hampshire's people.
NH Social Studies Standards: Economics 1, 2, 5; Geography 1, 2, 4; US/NH History 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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