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Children's Workshops

Themes and activities are based on temporary and permanent exhibition topics, gallery discussions, and related Pennsylvania history. Each workshop is 5$ per participant. Parents are welcome to participate in the activities. Most lessons and activities are designed for students in elementary and middle school but some exceptions apply. Please pre-register for workshops! Contact Museum Educator Alyssa McQuirns at 215-679-3103 or by email,

Get Ready with Me:
19th Century Clothing

September 4, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Following up from our spring workshop about Early American Clothing, we will be jumping forward to the next century! We will be learning about 19th century clothing and how the styles changed. You will be able to see real examples of dresses with our current exhibit.

Day of Remembrance:
The Longest Running Thanksgiving "feast"

September 25, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The largest group of Schwenkfelders landed in Philadelphia in 1734 and they celebrated their safe passage with their own Thanksgiving service. Come learn about the longest continuous Thanksgiving service in the United States!

The History of the Pretzel
October 9, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The first pretzel was made by accident but it has become the oldest snack food known. We will discuss how the pretzel grew in popularity and came to the United States. Come learn how to roll out a pretzel!

Harvest Time: Gather your Food!
October 23, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Fall is the time to start harvesting your crops and preparing for the cold days of winter. Come learn about how important the harvest was in the past and some of the harvesters' traditions!

Eureka! Early Scientific Discoveries
November 6, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Many things that we know or use today are all thanks to scientific discoveries. These have made our lives easier. We will be doing our own experiments!

The First Thanksgiving
November 20, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Come learn about what happened at the first Thanksgiving and how it differs from the Thanksgiving we celebrate today!

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