Homeschool Day: Old World, Modern World

April 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Historic St. Mary's City
18751 Hogaboom Ln
St Marys City, MD 20686
$5 per child age 5 and older; one accompanying adult free; $10 each additional adult; reduced rates for Friends members
Visitor Center
(240) 895-4990

Come explore the similarities and differences of the sciences and technology of the old world versus the new world. This is a STEAM program, especially designed for homeschool families who love science and history, with hands-on activities, demonstrations, and crafts.

$5 per child age 5 and older; one accompanying adult free; $10 each additional adult; reduced rates for Friends members of the museum.  Register with payment for the program and receive a fast pass to skip the line and start your educational experience! Registration opens on March 1st.

Woodland Indian Hamlet

  • 10:30 a.m.  Regression of Fire Making
  • 1:00 p.m.  Progression of Weaponry
  • Ongoing
    • Archery (weather permitting)
    • Clay bead making
    • Hides stretching
  • Essential Questions
    • What are flint and steel?
    • How does friction start a fire?
    • What is the physics behind different types of weaponry?

Town Center

  • 11:00 a.m.  The iPhone of the 17th Century (Smith’s Ordinary)
  • 11:30 a.m.  How Can You Make a Round Log Square?
  • 2:30 p.m.  Three Maryland Women That Changed the World (Print House)
  • 3:00 p.m.  The iPhone of the 17th Century (Smith’s Ordinary)
  • Ongoing
    • Typeset and print your name using rubber stamps
    • Observe and learn 17th-century building practices
    • Archaeology science
    • Town games
  • Essential Questions
    • How do you make a round log square without modern technology?
    • Is communication a science, or an art?
    • How did women contribute to the STEM field in the 17th century?

Maryland Dove

  • 11:00 a.m.  Navigation Demonstration (Waterfront Dock)
  • 1:00 p.m.  Navigation Demonstration (Waterfront Dock)
  • Ongoing
    • Design your own map (for ages 7 and older)
    • “Where’s north?” compass rose activity (for ages 3-6)
    • Simple machines/pulleys
  • Essential Questions
    • What is navigation?
    • What technologies did the 17th-century sailors use to find their way?  How about modern day?
    • How do pulleys create energy?

Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation

  • 2:00 p.m.  Herbal Medicine (Main House Garden)
  • Ongoing
    • Churn butter (Main House)
    • Observe the cheese making process (Main House)
    • Grind corn/make corn cakes (Main House)
    • Sweet bags (Main House Garden)
    • Weed seed beds (Tobacco Field Area)
    • Learn all the steps of growing tobacco (Tobacco Field Area)
    • Learn the uses of a draw knife (Tobacco Field Area)
  • Essential Questions
    • What herbs can be used for an herbal remedy?  Is herbal medicine used today?
    • Is churning butter a chemical or physical change?
    • What is the purpose of a draw knife?  Has the technology of the draw knife changed over time?