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Join us for STEAM-Driven Days at Old Salem this fall!

Old Salem Museums & Gardens and The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts welcomes school groups back to the historic district in Fall 2021 for STEAM-Driven Days! Using the history of Salem, North Carolina, we will explore topics in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math through our sensory experiences led by our Education Coordinators.

Students will also be introduced to the people who lived and interacted in historic Salem, immersing themselves in buildings and landscapes of Salem as they learn about early American life in North Carolina and the South from the perspective of the Moravians, the enslaved and free people of African descent, and the Indigenous peoples of the Southern Woodland.

Teachers booking field trips will also have access to resources that can be used in the classroom – from videos to lesson plans to student activities.

Student Group Tour experiences and in-classroom resources and activities are aligned to the following North Carolina Essential Standards.

Unique for Fall 2021

As Old Salem Museums & Gardens and The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts slowly reopens to public visitation, our school groups will have new ways in which to experience the historic district.

Each school group tour includes:

  • An interactive visit to one of our historic buildings and gardens where students and chaperones can engage in sensory learning about life in 18thand 19th century Salem, NC led by our talented Education Coordinators, including master tradespersons. The stories of the Moravians, the enslaved and free people of African descent, and Southern Indigenous peoples are told by exploring how they lived and worked in this colonial town. Trade demonstrations vary from week to week, while garden experiences allow students to learn more about sustainability.
  • A visit to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts where our Education Coordinator and other MESDA staff members will introduce students to our collection, where they can see artifacts and learn more about how primary sources inform us about life in Salem and the American South, and how these primary sources also help us interpret our present.

Program Details

  • Minimum to book: 1 adult and 10 students. Groups of 10+ are required to have 1 adult chaperone for every 10 students.
  • Tours begin in the historic district; itinerary includes 2 hours of guided and self-guided activities, including an experience at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Additional time is required for optional activities.
  • Please arrive at your scheduled time as the structured tour activities with the Education Coordinators conclude at 12pm. The site will remain open until 2pm for school groups to participate in self-guided activities, including shopping and a visit to Winkler Bakery, so feel free to stay and enjoy the district! We have ample locations to enjoy lunch outside.
  • Reservations are required and must be paid 30 days in advance.
  • Price: $10 per student. One (1) complimentary adult per 12 students. Additional adults are $18 if booked and paid in full with the school reservation no later than 30 days prior to tour.
  • Please indicate any special needs students and adults that will be in the group. Please include the specific needs so that we can plan accordingly.

In addition, school groups will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of optional activities!

  • Learn about the history of Salem’s enslaved and free people of African descent by taking the Hidden Town Tour (chaperone-led).
  • Go on a Scavenger Hunt and learn about historic Salem while you search (chaperone-led).
  • Visit the Seed Saving Lab and hear the stories found in our heirloom seed collection, view samples from our gardens, and meet our horticulture staff who delights in sharing more about life in the gardens.
  • Tour our gardens and examine the plants. Learn about our efforts to feed the hungry in Forsyth County through our produce program.
  • Make your way to the new Restoration Lab where you can learn about the ways in which the buildings and landscape were restored. You’ll get to talk with our preservation team and see the tools they use when restoring and maintaining these buildings.
  • Find yourself in the center of the town and learn about the buildings and activities that define Salem Square and the Market-Fire House(chaperone-led)
  • Explore Salem through our new interactive “choose your own adventure” outdoor activity, Salem Pathways! Experience the personal lives, achievements, and challenges of real-life individuals who live or visited Salem from 1770 – 1989 (chaperone-led; mobile device required).
  • Join Old Salem & MESDA professionals for Spot Talks – fun and fascinating outdoor discussions about our artifacts and life in Salem.
  • Take a moment to reflect on the people who made up Salem by visiting God’s Acre, the Moravian cemetery (chaperone-guided).
  • Savor the goodies found at Winkler Bakery! While the smells are free, please bring additional spending money to purchase some of our delicious baked goods, like cookies, cheese stars, Lovefeast buns, and our famous Moravian sugarcake!
  • Stroll through Stockburger Supply at the Visitor Center. Perhaps you’ll find a souvenir to your liking
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Join us for STEAM-Driven Days at Old Salem this fall!

Old Salem Museums & Gardens and The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts welcomes school groups back to the historic district in Fall 2021 for STEAM-Driven Days! Using the history of Salem, North Carolina, we will explore topics in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math through our sensory experiences led by our Education Coordinators.

Students will also be introduced to the people who lived and interacted in historic Salem, immersing themselves in buildings and landscapes of Salem as they learn about early American life in North Carolina and the South from the perspective of the Moravians, the enslaved and free people of African descent, and the Indigenous peoples of the Southern Woodland.

Teachers booking field trips will also have access to resources that can be used in the classroom – from videos to lesson plans to student activities.

Student Group Tour experiences and in-classroom resources and activities are aligned to the following North Carolina Essential Standards.

Unique for Fall 2021

As Old Salem Museums & Gardens and The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts slowly reopens to public visitation, our school groups will have new ways in which to experience the historic district.

Each school group tour includes:

  • An interactive visit to one of our historic buildings and gardens where students and chaperones can engage in sensory learning about life in 18th and 19th century Salem, NC led by our talented Education Coordinators, including master tradespersons. The stories of the Moravians, the enslaved and free people of African descent, and Southern Indigenous peoples are told by exploring how they lived and worked in this colonial town. Trade demonstrations vary from week to week, while garden experiences allow students to learn more about sustainability.
  • A visit to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts where our Education Coordinator and other MESDA staff members will introduce students to our collection, where they can see artifacts and learn more about how primary sources inform us about life in Salem and the American South, and how these primary sources also help us interpret our present.

Program Details

  • Minimum to book: 1 adult and 10 students. Groups of 10+ are required to have 1 adult chaperone for every 12 students.
  • Tours begin in the historic district; itinerary includes 2 hours of guided and self-guided activities, including an experience at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Additional time is required for optional activities.
  • Please arrive at your scheduled time as the structured tour activities with the Education Coordinators conclude at 12pm. The site will remain open until 2pm for school groups to participate in self-guided activities, including shopping and a visit to Winkler Bakery, so feel free to stay and enjoy the district! We have ample locations to enjoy lunch outside.
  • Reservations are required and must be paid 30 days in advance.
  • Price: $10 per student. One (1) complimentary adult per 12 students. Additional adults are $18 if booked and paid in full with the school reservation no later than 30 days prior to tour.
  • Please indicate any special needs students and adults that will be in the group. Please include the specific needs so that we can plan accordingly.

In addition, school groups will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of optional activities!

  • Learn about the history of Salem’s enslaved and free people of African descent by taking the Hidden Town Tour (chaperone-led).
  • Go on a Scavenger Hunt and learn about historic Salem while you search (chaperone-led).
  • Visit the Seed Saving Lab and hear the stories found in our heirloom seed collection, view samples from our gardens, and meet our horticulture staff who delights in sharing more about life in the gardens.
  • Tour our gardens and examine the plants. Learn about our efforts to feed the hungry in Forsyth County through our produce program.
  • Make your way to the new Restoration Lab where you can learn about the ways in which the buildings and landscape were restored. You’ll get to talk with our preservation team and see the tools they use when restoring and maintaining these buildings.
  • Find yourself in the center of the town and learn about the buildings and activities that define Salem Square and the Market-Fire House (chaperone-led)
  • Explore Salem through our new interactive “choose your own adventure” outdoor activity, Salem Pathways! Experience the personal lives, achievements, and challenges of real-life individuals who live or visited Salem from 1770 – 1989 (chaperone-led; mobile device required).
  • Join Old Salem & MESDA professionals for Spot Talks – fun and fascinating outdoor discussions about our artifacts and life in Salem.
  • Take a moment to reflect on the people who made up Salem by visiting God’s Acre, the Moravian cemetery (chaperone-guided).
  • Savor the goodies found at Winkler Bakery! While the smells are free, please bring additional spending money to purchase some of our delicious baked goods, like cookies, cheese stars, Lovefeast buns, and our famous Moravian sugarcake!
  • Stroll through Stockburger Supply at the Visitor Center. Perhaps you’ll find a souvenir to your liking

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