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Distance Learning

We See American Learning: Teaching Early American History through “iVisits”

The HCSV interpretive staff brings the past to life each school year from October 1″ to April 30″ through the use of IP-based interactive teleconferencing technology. Programs are now available via Skype!  Students are encouraged to ask questions and become involved. Customized programs are available for an additional fee. Our distance learning program is one of the first distance learning programs in the state and we are now in our 15th year of courses!

1.An Early American School Day, a typical day in an Early American rural school.

2.The Story of Old Glory, the origins and early history of the flag of the United States, using a collection of reproduction historic flags from the 17thc. through the Civil War.

3.Past Versus Present, a comparison of contemporary everyday objects with their Early American equivalents, for example an electric toaster vs. a toe toaster, flashlight vs. a lantern etc.

4.Four Great Inventions (And One That Almost Was) explores the creation of the steamboat, steam locomotive, daguerreotype camera, telephone and difference engine, which was an 1832 attempt to build a mechanical computer.

5.Hearth and Home, an exploration of the role of the domestic arts practiced by the1800s housewife with an emphasis on food preparation including hearth cooking.

6.Gone for a Soldier: A Day in the Life of a Civil War Infantryman, includes a discussion of the political, social and economic events during the Early American era that led up to the war.

7.Welcome Centers: Taverns, Inns and Wayside Stops, a presentation utilizing our c.1836 Dennisville Inn, a former stagecoach stop in Dennisville, NJ, to explain the important part buildings such as these played in a community.

8.Revisiting the Country Store: An Important Community Resource, a look at the vital role of a general store in the life of rural America as a purveyor of goods, social center, post office etc.

9.The War of 1812: More Than The Star-Spangled Banner, a presentation that is likely to prove popular as the country enters the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

10.Fiber Arts, a domestic program primarily including weaving and spinning interpretations.

11.The First Frontier: Whaler Yeomen in Colonial New Jersey, the story of the first  permanent European settlers as well as a discussion of how the Eastern Seaboard was the original American frontier.

For more information our to schedule a distance learning program, please contact Jim Stephens at (609) 898-2300, ext. 17 or jstephens@hcsv.org.

Programs can run as long as 45 minutes to an hour.

Cost: $100 for Cape May County Schools and members of the Garden State Distance Learning Consortium and $120 for all others.

To learn more about the Garden State Distance Learning Consortium, please visit www.gsdlc.org or contact Rick Warren at rick.warren@stockton.edu.