Taking Tea (Spring)
Taking Tea is a program which engages fourth grade students in an active and visual comparison of two different times: 1850 and 1890. Classes imagine they are traveling to the past where they visit two historic houses and meet costumed interpreters portraying the former residents. Through hands-on experiences at Rose Hill Mansion and the Seneca Falls Historical Society Museum, students explore changes in cooking technology, women’s work, and the custom of “taking tea.” Supplementary materials are below:
- 2017 Taking Tea brochure
- Preparing for your visit
- Information on manners and calling cards
- Updated excerpts from 1986 manual
- Rose Hill and the Swan Family
- 1850 and 1890 Compared
- Basic facts about life in 1850 and 1890
- Clothing of the 19th century
- Tea Cake Recipe
- Vocabulary List
Pre-registration and an in classroom previsit session are required.
$3.00 per student for students from Seneca Falls and Geneva School Districts.
$4.00 per student all other districts
The maximum number of students per session is 25.
Registration begins in January. For more information or to add your name to the distribution email list, please call the Geneva Historical Society at 315-789-5151.
NYS Standards Covered
- Social Studies Standard 1