James House Educational Programs
James House Association, Inc. offers a variety of educational programs designed to educate the public directly and through the schools. All the programs are designed to educate the public in the history of the James House and the people who inhabited it, and the social and economic events that affected their lives during the more than 300 year history of the James Homestead. All James House Association, Inc. programs are as historically correct as possible.
Middle and elementary school students visit the James House Homestead. They receive instruction in archaeology, early farming, first period colonial construction, salt marsh haying, and colonial family life. They receive a tour of the James House and its surrounding property.
Our school visit program (and other educational programs) meet NH Dept. of Education curriculum standards for Social Studies and Vital Themes for History including:
- SS:GE:2 Places & Regions:Students will demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human geographic features that define places and regions as well as how culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions.
- Demonstrate an understanding that people, artifacts, and documents represent links to the past and that they are sources of data from which historical accounts are constructed.
- Display historical perspective by describing the past through the eyes and experiences of those
who were there, as related through their memories, literature, diaries, letters, debates, arts, maps, and artifacts.
Lives Past Lived
The James House Association Players have written and perform a series of enactments which describe the inhabitants of the James house, their genealogy, their activities, and their social and economic influences coupled with a presentation about the James House, its construction, and why it is a National Historic Site. “Lives Past Lived” is the Association’s traveling program presented to other organizations, associations and to schools and school groups. It is adaptable to all ages above and including six year olds. The program can be performed in its individual parts, or parts can be combined into a single presentation. Click here for more information.
Special programs which enact a piece of James House history or a piece of period social and economic history that affected life on the James Farm are created by the James House Program Committee. They are presented at various advertised times during the year.
High School Intern Program
The James House Association, Inc. has partnered with the Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire in the development of a student intern program. James House Association, Inc. provides a list of projects which educate a student or students in James House history or period history and at the same time create a variety of products the Association needs. The list of projects is available in the Continuing Education Office at the High School and is available for student selection. Junior and senior students receive 2 high school credits for each semester they work on the projects.
High School Community Service Projects
The James House Association, Inc has partnered with the Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire in the development of a student community service program. James House Association, Inc. provides a list of projects which educate a student or students in James House history or period history and at the same time create a variety of products the Association needs or work the Association needs to do. The list of projects is in the Continuing Education Office at the High School and is available for student selection. The list includes the Intern Program projects and other work projects. The program is open to all the high school students.The hours each student works on a project is tabulated. A statement of the total number of hours a student worked on community service projects is added to their school records and is included when those records are forwarded to collages, universities, and prospective employers.
On specified days shown on the Calendar page between May and October, the Public is welcome to tour the James House and its property to see the fascinating work of the early colonial builders and craftsmen. At the same time, the visitor can see the ongoing preservation projects, the progress made thus far, and learn the plans for the future at the James House.
Enjoy the displays of First Period Colonial Craftsmen and examples of their perfect reproductions, renderings, and reenactments during programs and tours.
Professionals from the Strawbery Banke Museum and the Sargent Museum have conducted supervised archaeological digs at the James House. Sheila Charles, the current James House Archaeologist, will be performing more digs. She will provide instruction and when possible use public volunteer assistance. In keeping with our policy of not diminishing the archaeological integrity of the site, the grounds are not disturbed by construction projects until archaeological work is done. Sheila will also make presentations describing the found artifacts.
Lucida Brockway of Past Landscape Designs is the James House landscape historian. Lucinda has provided historical facts leading to her recommendations for the creation of an historical landscape. Dan Lynch of Soilsight, LLC., a subsurface surveyor, has performed a subsurface survey of the entire James House Association, Inc. property to determine historic landscape features and future dig sights. Programs on how to create an historic landscape design from Luncinda’s and Dan Lynch’s reports are available.