The Lewes Historical Society is pleased to present a series of curriculum-based programs for the academic year. These programs were designed to meet the needs of today's busy teachers, providing them with hands-on, standards-based lessons for students in grades K-12.
Highlighting pieces of notable Lewes history and culture, these programs allow for in-depth exploration, both in the classroom, and on-site at many of The Lewes Historical Society's museums.
Each program was created to meet Common Core, Next Generation Science and Delaware State History Standards and can be easily modified for different skill and ability levels.
These programs serve as examples of our Educational offerings and are currently being updated for 2018 to reflect the most current CCS and Delaware State History Standards.
Brave Little Lewes
Students will learn about the rocket's red glare over Lewes as they explore the important sites of the 1813 Bombardment of Lewes. Lessons include an overview of the War of 1812, a study of notable Lewes figures and primary source documents written by in Lewes while the British were moored off the coast. This program also contains a trip to the Cannonball House Maritime Museum.
"You have to go out, but you don't have to come back."
Students will explore the hard work and dedication of the United States Life-Saving Service in Lewes and learn about the tools of the trade. Next, Students will take a trip to the Lewes Life-Saving Station to create their own life-saving apparatus. To end the unit, students will design their own front page news story about the Life-Saving Service's role in the Blizzard of 1888.
Fish Scales and Sea Chanties
Take a deeper look into one of Lewes's largest industries and discover what life was like as a menhaden fisherman. Students will read first hand accounts from a fish-spotter pilot and will also learn about the importance of sea chanties and work song for fishermen. This program also contains a trip to the Cannonball House Maritime Museum and to the Society's Menhaden net reel.
Where the River Meets the Sea
Explore the environment and build a classroom topographic map illustrating waterflow and the human impact on the environment. Students will learn about how polution impacts local water sheds and the expansion of Lewes in relationship to its natural resources. Students explore "green" building techniques that were utilized in the historic structures in a trip to The Lewes Historical Society's historic complex.
The Lewes Vintage Base Ball Club
Take a step back in time and explore how Lewes grew to love America's past time. Learn about the differences between baseball in 1864 and baseball in the modern era and use STEM related skills to create a vintage base ball field. Students will have the chance to get their bodies moving play a few inings of vintage ball while learning about the science of the sport with the staff from The Lewes Historical Society.