This is a unique program that brings a small museum to your school and presents
lectures on colonial life, history, crafts, Native Americans in the Hudson Valley,
Revolutionary War history in the area or Hudson River history.
The Colonial Man programs are also
offered in Sam Ladley's home state of
Maine. If you are a Maine school and
are interested in this program, click
on the "Maine" button to the left.
The program has existed for nearly
20 years and has been presented in
dozens of schools primarily in the New York counties of Orange, Dutchess, Putnam,
Rockland, Westchester, Ulster and Sullivan. It offers students the opportunity to see
artifacts from America's past and hear stories of early American life without leaving
Dozens of artifacts are brought to
your school to illustrate the lecture
of your choice and present an hour
long talk demonstrating the use of
tools, weapons, animals, clothing
and daily life in the colonies.
The lecture is often followed by craft
workshops. We can make hand-dipped
candles, write with quill pens, make corn
husk dolls. Typically, schools ask for a
combination of quill pen writing and
candle-dipping. At the end of the
workshops, the students take home a candle and a quill pen.
This program is suitable for any age, but is especially appropriate for the fourth
grade local history classes. The cost for this program is less than renting a single school
bus and involves every class.