Brookside Museum (Saratoga County Historical Society) – “Native New York” and “Sheep to Shawl”
K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 (See individual programs for details)
Visual Arts, Storytelling
Health, Science, The Arts
Sheep to Shawl and Native New York:
$7* / $8* per person, no charge for school employees. Chaperones are charged the same amount as students.
*Schools who are members of SCHS receive a $1 per student discount. Also available as an in-classroom program for $120 per session, plus mileage to and from Ballston Spa.
Saratoga County Water Works and Civil War Letters: $120 per in-classroom session, plus mileage to and from Ballston Spa.
Native New York: October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 (2018)
Sheep to Shawl: May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 (2019)
In-classroom programs are available throughout the year upon request.
Native New York explores the culture of the Haudenosaunee people of upstate New York through hands-on activities, toys & games, garden tours and art projects. (Fourth grade level)
Sheep to Shawl introduces local students to Saratoga County’s agricultural history with hands-on activities and a chance to meet a real sheep! (Pre-K – fourth grade level)
Saratoga County Water Works helps students discover and understand the role of water in Saratoga County’s past, present, and future through science experiments, primary and secondary source documents and interactive activities. (Fourth grade through high school, program is adapted for different levels)
Civil War Letters examines the life of a local Civil War Soldier and his family through primary and secondary source documents and photographs, quality replicas and original artifacts. (Seventh grade through high school, program is adapted for different levels)
Native New York Discover some of Saratoga County’s earliest residents as we learn about the Haudensaunee (Iroquois) People. Visit a Three Sisters Garden, grind corn in a mortar and pestle, analyze natural materials for clothing, shelter and tools, examine original artifacts and create items to take home. (Grade 4)
Sheep to Shawl Explore local agricultural history with one of the most memorable field trips! Spin, weave, create and meet a sheep at Brookside! Students participate in the steps of creating a garment from wool and learn about what it is like to be a farmer. (Pre-K – 4)
Saratoga County Water Works Discover the importance of water in local history through primary and secondary sources, artifacts, maps, storytelling, and science experiments! Test the pH levels of water from local mineral springs, try hefting a block of ice with ice tongs, hear stories of floating logs down the Hudson River to paper mills and compare waterwheel and turbine designs. We examine how water was, and continues to be, an important natural resource in Saratoga County agriculture, industry, tourism, and everyday life. (4-12)
Civil War Letters Discover the world of Alonzo Bump, a local Union soldier who served with the 77th New York State Volunteer Regiment. Students use letters that Alonzo wrote to his wife Mary back home in Schuylerville, newspapers, photographs, maps, original artifacts and replica items. They then familiarize themselves with the materials and become experts on their group’s topic before presenting information to the rest of the class. (7-12)
6 Charlton Street
Ballston Spa, New York 12020