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Diversity Works: The History of Liberty and Conscience in Newport
see: Newport Historical Society (Sept.-Nov, May-June 10:00 am-12:00 pm.)
See Newport Historical Society: Special Programs RESERVATIONS: Contact Jessica Files, teachers need to apply LIMITATIONS: Full busload of children necessary/classes can be combined; Weather
Historical Period: European Settlements
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Price (2002): FREE  Busing: yes FREE  Access for Handicap: yes
Contact Information:
         Jessica Files/Director of Education
         NHSeducation@aol.com
         401-846-0813
         URL: http://www.newporthistorical.org

International Tennis Hall of Fame
194 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI 02840 (10am - 5pm, 7 days a week)
The museum contains many interactive exhibits and video clips that focus on the following topics: 1)History of the Newport Casino 1880-1920, including social history of the casino and the architecture of the building. 2)History and evolution of the game of tennis from 1880-1968, exhibits broken down by era from 1920-1970 (tennis in the roaring 20's, the impact of television on the game, effects of WWII on the game, turn of tennis to pro playing in the 1950's. 3)Players of the game, including grand slam players, professional players, and info. on the International Tennis Federation est. 1913. 4)Inductees into the International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum is willing to tailor tours to appropriate age groups, and will also create activities for kids to do while on the tour (ex. Scavenger hunts). SPECIAL: * For April 2002-April 2003 the Tennis Hall of Fame has received a grant that will allow children under the age of 16 to be admitted to the museum for free!! This does not directly apply to school groups yet, but admission prices may be adjusted due to this grant.
Historical Period: The Gilded Age, The Turn of the Century, Aquidneck Island Today
Grade Level: All-program can be tailored to any grade level.
Price (2002): $5.00 for children  Reservations: yes  Busing: no  Access for Handicap: yes
Contact Information:
         Mark Young/Archivist
         401-849-3990
         URL: http://www.tennisfame.org

International Yacht Restoration School
449 Thames Street Newport, RI 02840 (M-F 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.)
Self guided tours of the public spaces of the school and the ships being worked on. SPECIAL: IYRS offers partnership programs in conjunction with area high schools. Students focus on basic woodworking skills, use of tools and an introduction to yacht restoration and boat building skills.
Historical Period: The Gilded Age, Aquidneck Island Today
Grade Level: all
Price (2002): free  Reservations: call ahead if a group  Busing: no  Access for Handicap: yes
Contact Information:
          Ingrid Peters
         401-848-5777
         URL: http://www.iyrs.com

Middletown Historical Society
P.O. Box 4196 Middletown, RI 02842 (located on Paradise Avenue, Middletown, RI) (by appointment)
The Historical Society owns the Witherbee school, a one story Queen Anne style, one room school house built in 1892, the Paradise School, a one room schoolhouse built in 1875, and Boyd's 1810 Eight-Vane Wind Grist Mill restored in 1998). Their educational programs focus around these properties. The historical society also runs Johnny cake making demonstrations and tastings during the winter, and summer events. SPECIAL: The following programs take place at YOUR school with the exception of one visit to the Historical Society properties: Middletown's 4th Graders: "Those Dear Old Golden Rule Days": A Turn of the Century Educational Exploration for 4th Graders. This program is a turn of the century educational exploration that allows children to experience what school was like in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The project seeks to describe aspects of everyday life in the town during the Victorian era, including family and life experiences, school experiences, and community life experiences. The program has three activities over the course of three weeks: a storyteller who tells the children about life in Middletown during the turn of the century, a teacher dressed in period clothing will visit your school and tell the children about the Witherbee school (built in 1892) and what to expect when they visit there, the third session the children will actually go to the Witherbee school and become a student of the 1900's. There they will be completely enveloped in life at school in the 1900's. This last about one hour. The HS has created a student exercise book based on period school exercises. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSABILITY: Not for the last sessions that takes place on-site
Historical Period: The City and Countryside, The Restoration, The Gilded Age
Grade Level: Middletown 4th and 5th grades
Price (2002): no fee  Reservations: yes  Busing: no 
Contact Information:
         Rita Wood / Chairperson Education Committee
         401-683-1468

Museum of Newport History
127 Thames Street Washington Square Newport, RI 02840 (M, Wed. - Sat. 10am - 5pm Sun. 1pm-5pm closed Tues.)
Museum offers walk through tour of the history of Newport, and contains audio information in certain areas of the museum. Museum uses historical photographs, objects, oral histories, maps, drawings, and primary documents to tell the story of Newport. It may be possible to receive a guided tour. Areas covered are as follows: Religious tolerance in Newport, slavery in Newport (with copies of primary documents) and indenturing, craftsmanship in Newport (with example of objects created in Newport), The American Revolution in Newport, Newport as a summer colony and how businesses of leisure created new jobs, the sea and Newport, 18th and 19th century restoration of Newport, the Navy in Newport, audio oral histories of important people in Newport in the 20th century, and Newport today. Museum also contains a computer interactive database that covers the architectural history of Newport. Subjects include: places of worship, houses of the Revolution, African American homes, and an index of the history of homes in certain neighborhoods in Newport. LIMITATIONS: This is primarily a self-guided tour museum, but it may be possible to organize a guided tour. Contact Jessica Files at the NHS.
Historical Period: Native Americans, European Settlements, The City and Countryside, The Revolution, The Restoration, The New Immigrants, The Gilded Age, The Navy & Aquidneck Island, The Turn of the Century, Aquidneck Island Today
Grade Level: All
Price (2002): $3.00 for students  Reservations: call for a guided tour, otherwise no  Busing: no  Access for Handicap: yes
Contact Information:
          Jessica Files / Director of Education @ Newport Historical Society
         401-841-8770 or 401- 846-0813 (Newport Hist. Soc).
         URL: http://www.newporthistorical.com/museumof.htm

Museum of Yachting
Fort Adams State Park P.O. Box 129 Newport, RI 02840 (May 12-Oct 31 7 Days a week -10am-5pm or by apt)
Tours of the facility can be specialized to cover any relevant topic or time period, and can accommodate any age group
Historical Period: The Restoration, The Gilded Age, The Turn of the Century
Grade Level: can be tailored to any grade level
Price (2002): free  Reservations: call to arrange  Busing: no 
Contact Information:
         Matt Gineo / Director of Marketing and Special Events
         401-847-1018

Naval War College Museum
686 Coasters Harbor Island Newport, RI 02840 (currently open to the public by appointment)
Museum is currently open to the public by appointment only.
Historical Period: The Navy & Aquidneck Island
Grade Level: targets 12 yr.-high school
Price (2002): N/A 
Contact Information:
         401-841-4052
         URL: http://www.nwc.navy.mil/museum

Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue Newport RI 02840 (M-F, 9-5)
Tours last 1hr. - 1hr. 10 minutes Often tour dates can be coordinated with tours of the Redwood Library for the same day (total time would be a bout a 1/2 day). Museum holds docent tours for any of their exhibits, and includes a project for the kids based on the exhibit. Exhibits change, but usually focus on local artists (past or present). Check web site for information, or call museum to get on their mailing list of events. SPECIAL: Summer: kids camp, once a week tours for children & families that include special projects. BUSING: Museum may be able to obtain grant funding towards bus costs, call for info. LIMITATIONS: Tours for 5th & 6th grade classes limited to 40 students at a time.
Historical Period: Native Americans, European Settlements, The City and Countryside, The Revolution, The Restoration, The New Immigrants, The Gilded Age, The Navy & Aquidneck Island, The Turn of the Century, Aquidneck Island Today
Grade Level: any - museum will design a project based on any specific age group.
Price (2002): students - $4.00, chaperones and teachers are free,  Reservations: yes  Access for Handicap: yes
Contact Information:
         Judy Hamilton / Director of Education
         401- 848 -2787, or 401-848-8200 (general)
         URL: http:/www.newportartmuseum.com

Newport Historical Society
Touro Street Newport, RI 02840 (Historical Society hours: M-F: 10-4:30. Sat. 10-12. Tours: M-F 10-4)
Programs include: 1) Walking Tours of Historic Newport: 1 1/2 - 2 hour walking tour of Newport's historic district and Cliff Walk. Tour themes can include architectural heritage or African American's in Newport. 2) Bus Tours of Historic Newport: HS will provide the guide, school needs the bus for a narrated tour of Newport. 3) Guided tours of the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House: a visit to Newport's oldest surviving residence, explores daily lives through the decorative arts and furniture from the colonial period, explores the events experienced by the homes occupants (Stamp Act Crisis), and an explanation of the archaeology done there. NOTE: 48 student max. (10 student min.) 4) Guided tours of the 1699 Great Friends Meeting House: tour of Newport's Quaker Meeting House. NOTE: 100 student max. (10 student min.) SPECIAL: DIVERSITY WORKS: The Liberty of Conscience in Newport. Includes a tour of The Newport Historical Society (incl. the 1730 7th Day Baptist Meeting House), Touro Synagogue, 1699 Friends Meeting House, and Trinity Church. Children learn about religious freedom in 18th century Newport on a walking tour that includes the interiors, exteriors, and histories of the above religious landmarks. Focus is on the nature of religious tolerance and persecution in early New England. Classroom materials included and will be sent to the classroom prior to the tour. This tour is FREE to RI students in grades 5-8, and BUS SERVICE IS INCLUDED (providing the bus is filled, can combine classes). Offered Sept. - Nov., and March - June. Tours begin at 10:00 am until 12:00 noon. Lunch can be eaten on the Quaker Meeting House grounds. teachers must apply to NHS to participate. Out of state students $4.00 each (2002 price). CALL FOR CURRENT PRICES. For all programs: Teacher and 1:10 ratio chaperones free. LIMITATION: All class programs must have at least 1 adult chaperone per 10 children, plus one teacher (all admitted free except extra adults)
Historical Period: European Settlements
Grade Level: K-12 All programs can be tailored to appropriate grade level. Diversity Works only 5 - 8th grades.
Reservations: yes  Busing: yes, for Diversity Works  Access for Handicap: no
Contact Information:
         Jessica Files/Director of Education
         NHSeducation@aol.com
         401-846-0813
         URL: http://www.newporthistorical.org

Newport Vineyards and Winery
909 East Main Road Middletown, RI 02842 (Mon.- Sat 10am-5pm Sun 12pm - 5 pm)
Vineyard will do tours of their facility, the vineyards, etc. Focus of the tour is farming and particularly farming of the grapes, and chemistry of production. Tours can be arranged any time.
Historical Period: The City and Countryside, The Turn of the Century
Grade Level: all
Price (2002): free  Reservations: yes  Busing: no  Access for Handicap: yes
Contact Information:
         John Nunes
         401-848-5161
         URL: http://www.newportvineyards.com

Norman Bird Sanctuary
583 Third Beach Road Middletown, RI 02842 (Winter: M-F 9am-5pm; Summer: M-F 9am-5pm and Wenesdays until dark)
The sanctuary offers a variety of in-school and outdoor field trips, all of which focus on the natural resources on Aquidneck Island. Field trip topics vary by season, but generally include: > Four seasons walk (Pre-1st grade) 1 hour > Exploring habitats (2nd-8th) 2 hours > Field and Ridge (2nd-8th) 2 hours > Seashore and Salt marsh (3rd-8th) 2 hours > Geology and Landscape (2nd-8th) & (4th-12th) 2 hours > All About Birds (2nd-8th) 2 hours In school programs include: > Animal Kingdom (pre-4th) > Beaks, Bills, and Feathers (1st-6th) > Winter Adaptations (K-8th) a three part program > Island Ecology (3rd-7th) > Project Islle (3rd-4th) [a 5 part program that includes 3 in-school visits and 2 outdoor field trips] For more information please contact the sanctuary or check the web site. Web site also contains virtual programs such as taking a bird quiz, testing geology knowledge, sanctuary history, lesson plans and ideas, and more. Call the sanctuary for a free newsletter and information about programs. LIMITATION: One chaperone per 15 students.
Historical Period: Aquidneck Island Today
Grade Level: Pre-12th
Price (2002): Field trips: $5.00 per student; Chaperones are free In School: Each program up to 50 minutes - $70.00 single clas$60.00 per multi class visit  Reservations: yes  Busing: no  Access for Handicap: in-school and some outdoor programs can be arranged
Contact Information:
         401-846-2577
         URL: http:/www.normanbirdsanctuary.org

Portsmouth Historical Society
870 East Main Road Portsmouth, RI (by appointment for groups April-October and Sundays 2-4pm , Memorial Day-Columbus Day for the general public)
The historical society contains many objects on display that tell the story of Portsmouth from colonial times through the Revolutionary War, to the turn of the 20th century. Objects include Native American artifacts, Revolutionary war uniforms,19th century textiles and clothing, 19th century toys, ceramics, musical instruments, old flags, furniture, tools, a spinning wheel, and old carriages. They also have a display of Julia Ward Howe's room from when she summered in the area. The historical society is more than happy to tailor a tour to the appropriate age group of your class. SPECIAL: Map and short descriptions of site for a driving tour of Portsmouth. LIMITATION: There is no heat in the building.
Historical Period: European Settlements
Grade Level: All
Price (2002): free or donations  Reservations: yes  Busing: no  Access for Handicap: no
Contact Information:
         Herb Hall
         401-683-9178

Prescott Farm
2009 West Main Road Middletown, RI 02842 (Wed - Sun 10am-4pm from May 15 to October)
Tours include a history of the property and a tour of the windmill. More information will be added in the future. LIMITATION: Probably 25-30 students
Historical Period: The City and Countryside
Grade Level: middle school
Price (2002): negotiable  Reservations: yes  Busing: no 
Contact Information:
         John Lingley
         401-847-6230
         URL: http://www.newportrestoration.org

Preservation Society of Newport County
424 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI 02840 Various locations for properties (May-Oct. all properties open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Jan. 2- April 12: the Breakers open every day 10am-4pm Chateau-sur-Mer & The Elms open weekends, MLK day, Presidents Day)
Tour properties include: The Elms, The Breakers, the Breakers Stable and Carriage House, Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, Marble House, Rosecliff, and Green Animals Topiary Gardens All tour can be tailored to any age group. The society is currently developing their educational tours and they should be updated by the fall of 2002. They will include a glossary of terms, and tours and information will be divided into 18th century, Victorian, and Gilded Age. Check the web site , and look for mailers in the fall of 2002. Web site currently contains a preferred reading list and architectural descriptions. SPECIAL: "Behind the Scenes at the Elms" - a tour that focuses on those that serviced the Elms, and what life was like working and living in the "underground" life at the Newport mansions during the Gilded Age. This tour deals more directly with 18-19th c. immigrants on Aquidneck Island. ACCESSIBILITY: The Breakers, Breakers Stable, and Rosecliff are fully accessible, Marble House, and the Elms are partially accessible, Green Animals Topiary is outside on level paths, but they are gravel, and may prove difficult. The other properties are not accessible. LIMITATION: Tours accommodate 25 people per tour. One adult chaperone per 10 students. Must have 2 chaperones or a $25.00 fee will be charged.
Historical Period: European Settlements, The Restoration, The New Immigrants, The Gilded Age
Grade Level: All- tours can be tailored to any age group
Price (2002): youth 6-17: $4.00 Adults $9.00  Reservations: yes  Busing: no 
Contact Information:
          Barbara Shea / Group Tour Director
         groups@NewportMansions.org
         401-847-1000
         URL: http://www.newportmansions.org

Redwood Library and Athenaeum
50 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI 02840 (General: M: 9:00am - 5:30pm Tu.-Thu.: 9:30am - 8 pm Fri.- Sat.: 9:30am-5:30pm Sun.- 1:00-5:30 Tours: M-F: 9:30am - 5pm)
Tours usually last about 45 minutes. Often tour dates can be coordinated with tours at the Newport Art Museum for the same day (total time would be a bout a 1/2 day). Tour entails the history of the Redwood (with a tour of the library, including info. about the building and the books), and old manuscripts and documents that are taken out from the vault and shown to the kids are explained. These are primary documents that normally can not be accessed by the public. Tours can be tailored to any age group. Website contains a bibliography of materials relating to Newport: important people, places, history, etc.. SPECIAL: Redwood Individual Youth membership (18 & under) - $25.00 (2002 price) Includes: full library privileges, programs throughout the year such as kid's picnic, Halloween party, children's story hour and young writers workshop. BUSING: Up to the teacher, or if the tour is scheduled with the Newport Art Museum then funding may be available
Historical Period: European Settlements
Grade Level: all - tours can be tailored to any age group from kindergarten and up.
Price (2002): free  Reservations: yes  Access for Handicap: yes
Contact Information:
         Elaine Bunnell / Director of Education
         401-847-0292
         URL: http://www.redwoodlibrary.org

Thames Science Center
77 Long Wharf Newport, RI 02840 (M-W: 10 am-6pm Thurs.-Sat.: 10am-7pm Sun: 12-5pm (closes one hour earlier in Jan., Feb., Mar.)
Programs include: Stepping into Science (Pre-K) -Tues.10am-12pm - A program that introduces children to science through hands on activities, demonstrations, puzzles, etc. ($15 members/$20 non-members) Regular Programs: (Pre-8) A variety of 2 hour hands-on science programs. Various topics for specific age groups. Examples: (Pre-K) - rainbow bright; (K-4th) - shark stew; (2nd-6th) - penguin expedition; (3rd-6th) - crystal creations; (2nd-8th) - codes and ciphers; (4th-8th) exploration mars SPECIAL: Summer Science Camps M-F 9am-4:30 pm various topics, dates, fees. Overnight programs for ages 5 - 18, 10-25 children, contact for more information 2002 PRICES: Stepping into science - $20.00 non-members &15.00 members Sea Safari prices range from $15 - $30.00 per person; $20.00 non-members Regular Programs: $120 M/$150 NM - up to 15 children, $2.00 each additional (max 25) Kit Keepers - cost is $600 instructor fee, and a &15-$20 fee per science kit. LIMITATION: Regular programs: maximum of 25 children.
Historical Period: Aquidneck Island Today
Grade Level: Pre-12
Price (2002): see description  Reservations: yes  Busing: no  Access for Handicap: yes
Contact Information:
         Carol Johnson/Program Director
         401-849-6966 or 1-800-587-2872
         URL: http:/www.thamesandkosmos.com

Touro Synagogue
60 Touro Street Newport, RI 02840 (M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Tour focuses on the colonial aspects of the Synagogue and congregation, incl.: history of the synagogue building, history of the congregation in Newport, Washington's letter to the congregation. Includes a question and answer session. Also DIVERSITY WORKS: see Newport Historical Society SPECIAL: Synagogue has plans for a future interpretive center and interactive children's area. PRICING: Free when touring with the Newport Historical Society "Diversity Works" program.
Historical Period: European Settlements
Grade Level: all - can be adapted for all ages, but primarily middle school and up.
Price (2002): free  Reservations: yes  Access for Handicap: yes
Contact Information:
         Arlene Hicks / Coordinator of Tours and Member Services (not in on Mondays)
         401- 847 - 4794
         URL: http://www.tourosynagogue.org

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