Education takes many forms at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester. History Comes Alive, our long running children’s learning series, offers 4 programs per school year. This effort utilizes local heritage masters to engage young people in the crafts, skills, history and lore of Dorchester County and the region. Recent themes have been “Annie Oakley,” “Decoy Painting with Warren Saunders,” “Build a Boat,” “Harriet Tubman,” “Spinning Wool,” “Civil War in Dorchester,” and others. These programs are funded by grants and are free to the public.
Children’s groups are treated to hands on activities that are tailored to meet their ages and school curriculum. Role playing in the Neild Museum, washing clothes with a washboard, “churning” butter and grinding corn always connect young people to a different time. Dedicated volunteer docents lead groups through the campus to illustrate and interpret different time periods in the region.
Workshops are offered to the adult public periodically and include topics such as “Fiber Arts,” “Basket Weaving,” “Computer Basics,” all types of genealogy classes and herbal craft classes. Fees are applicable. Two clubs- The Genealogy Club and the Heritage Fiber Guild make their home on campus.