Learning Kits

The Henry Sheldon Museum kits are  filled with resources on Vermont history including books, artifacts, audio-visual materials, and reproduction items.  All kits align with the Vermont Framework of Standards and address a wide variety of learning styles.  The kits are available for schools, special events, home-school families, historical societies, private individuals, and non-profit groups.

Rental fee: $25.00 for two weeks.

Westward from Vermont

Grades 4-8

    Westward from Vermont, the Learning Kit  grades 4-8 Have you ever wondered why Vermonters went westward?  What routes did they take, or what did it cost to get […]

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Mills

Grades 4-8

Why were mills so important to early Vermont settlers?  How do mills work? Where were mills located and what products did they help produce? Learn the answers to these questions […]

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Kitchen Life

Grades K-6

Learn about the busy life of a colonial kitchen. The kit is filled with kitchen tools and utensils, cookbook,s and a variety of hands-on activities to give students a taste […]

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The Circus

Grades K-6

Travel back to the 19th century through the entertainment of that era.  This kit contains posters, videos, articles, books, primary sources, lesson plans, and more to help your class explore […]

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19th Century New England Artists

Grades 4-6

Discover the life of an artist traveling from town to town with his tools of the trade. Learn what clues to our past are pictured in the paintings. Learn about […]

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Homespun

Grades K-4

Your class can use woolen fleece, carders, drop spindles and looms to learn about the production of fibers for household use during the 18th and 19th centuries in Vermont. The […]

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Maps to the Past

Grades K-6

Take a trip into the past with historical maps. Learn to read a map and a compass. Follow the paths of geography, geology and transportation through time. Includes reproductions of […]

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Holiday Traditions

Grades K-4

Trace the origins of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, as well as the traditions, foods, decorations and preparations of the Winter Solstice. Read traditional celebration stories and play holiday games, make ornaments […]

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Settling Vermont: Frontier Life in the Grants

Grades 4-6

Follow the road Addison County’s pioneers traveled to statehood. Study patterns of settlement and the emergence of Vermont with historic maps. Explore the challenges of “making a pitch” in the […]

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Local Heroes: Vermont’s Role in the Revolution

Grades 4-6

Discover Addison County’s role in the American Revolution. Meet the local men and women who helped change the tide of history. Visit Vermont as a battleground in our nation’s fight […]

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Moving to Vermont: The Music of Immigration

Grades K-6

Who came to live in Vermont?  Why did they come?  What were they like? Learn about the many different immigrant groups that made up the Vermont culture from Colonial settlement […]

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Games and Toys

Grades K-4

Rings, graces, hoops, marbles and other games illustrate leisure activities of the past. Explore the outdoor and parlor games played by 18th and 19th century children.  Host a Past Times […]

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Early Schooling

Grades K-4

Use materials from the kit to set up your own early classroom corner. Students will love learning the old-time way! Combine this kit with the Games and Toys kit for […]

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People of the Dawnland

Grades K-6

Use reference books, traditional stories, oral histories, audio and video materials, maps, photographs, artifacts and activities to explore the history and culture of Vermont’s Native Americans. This kit provides a […]

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19th Century Child’s Life

Grades 3-6

What was it like to be a child in the 1800’s?  Investigate the world of the 19th century child through books, games, clothing, toys and photographs of the era.  Learn […]

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Quilts

Grades K-4

A sewing kit, quilt pieces, stories about quilts and quilt pattern books introduce the shapes, patterns and geometry of quilting. Learn how quilts tied families and communities together. Use quilting […]

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Vermonters in the Civil War

Grades 5-12

Discover Vermont’s  role in the American Civil War by studying the State’s social and political development.  Use books, reproduction clothing and accessories, photographs, rosters, and copies of early abolitionist documents […]

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From the Land to the Lake

Grades 4 and up

This comprehensive kit offers access to articles, lessons, primary source materials, and other resources supporting a place-based curriculum focused on the historical relationships between people and water in the Champlain […]

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