School Programs

The Historical Society of Princeton offers a variety of school programs designed to expand and augment your school’s Social Studies curriculum. Whether it is in your classroom or in Updike Farmstead's exhibition galleries, the Historical Society’s community collections will enrich your students' “history experience.”

Outreach Programs
Professional Development

Innovators and their Innovations

Grades 3-8
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $4 per student
NJCCC standards: 5.1; 6.1, 6.2

With residents such as Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison, New Jersey has been a place of innovation for centuries. In this interactive program, students will be divided into groups and presented with a variety of inventions to figure out their purpose and discuss how they changed our lives for the better. After sharing their conclusions with the class, the innovations will be matched with their innovators. Program includes a tour of the exhibit,The Einstein Salon and Innovators Gallery.

Picturing Princeton

Grades 3-9
Cost: $6 - $10 per student
NJCCC standards: 6.1, 6.2

Students become history detectives by exploring three centuries of Princeton history through this lively tour which highlights the town’s diverse architectural styles. By visiting sites such as Nassau Hall, Beatty House, and the University Chapel, students are introduced to topics including the Revolutionary War, immigration and the Industrial Revolution.

Option #1: Walking tour only. One hour, $6 per student.

Option #2: Walking tour and museum educator pre-visit (20-30 minutes) to classroom with objects/handling materials. $8 per student.

Option #3: Walking tour and Updike Farmstead visit (45 minutes) with hands-on activity and objects/handling materials. $10 per student.

Farm Fresh

Grades: 3-8
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $4/student
NJCCC standards: 2.1; 6.1; 6.2

Updike Farmstead was part of a tract of land purchased by Benjamin Clarke from William Penn in 1696, but its history goes back even further, to the Native Americans. Students will learn about the Lenni-Lenape, or “Ordinary People,” and their encounters with early colonists. The Revolutionary War is also discussed and students will walk the route taken by George Washington and his troops on their way to the Battle of Princeton. Groups will have the opportunity for hands-on activities while touring the “Three Sisters” and colonial herb sections of the Farm’s Unity Garden.


Program add-on: FARM FUN!

Length: additional 1-2 hours
Cost: $4/student

Extend your stay at the Updike Farmstead! Students can explore nature through a scavenger hunt, play historic games and create a craft to take home. Classes are also encouraged to bring a snack or bagged lunch and picnic on the grounds.


Outreach Programs

Let us bring history to you! HSP offers outreach programs to support your classroom curriculum. Powerpoint presentations are conducted in a discussion format, with a lively interaction between HSP’s Director of Programs and your students.

Princeton: Then and Now

Grades: K-12
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $80 per program
NJCCC standards: 6.1; 6.2

The town of Princeton was settled more than 300 years ago. What has changed over the years, and what has stayed the same? Tour the town from the comfort of your classroom and compare images of transportation, shopping, education and historic sites. At the conclusion of the presentation, students will design postcards of their town 100 years in the future.

The Life of Albert Einstein

Grades: 4-12
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $80 per program
NJCCC standards: 5.1; 5.2; 6.1; 6.2

Through this interactive presentation, students will examine the life of the man whose name has become synonymous with “genius.” Learn how a childhood fascination with a compass played a role in the development of the Nobel prize-winning scientist, how he accepted a job in Princeton to escape Nazi Germany and how he used his celebrity to advocate for civil rights and advance world peace.

New Jersey Facts and Firsts

Grades 3-8
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $80 per program
NJCCC standards: 6.1, 6.2

Celebrate the 350th anniversary of New Jersey! Using the themes of innovation, diversity and liberty, this program highlights the Lenape Indians and early European settlers, the development of cities and suburbs, as well as technology and inventions. This fun and interactive presentation includes a multiple choice game to identify N.J. facts, symbols and local celebrities. A great connection to your classroom curriculum!

“The Historical Society’s marvelous program on New Jersey had my residents in awe. They enjoyed listening about the facts and seeing the pictures from HSP’s collection. The presenter was not only knowledgeable, but patient.” - Jennifer Soss, Escapades Producer, Brandywine


Professional Development


Echoes & Reflections: Elie Wiesel’s Night

Thursday, June 1, 2017
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Updike Farmstead
354 Quaker Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

How do we prepare students to read and understand Elie Wiesel’s Night within the larger historical framework of the Holocaust? What are some of the moral and ethical questions that the memoir helps students examine? Participants will explore the following: History of antisemitism and the ghettos for context prior to teaching the novel; interdisciplinary materials, including art, photographs, poetry, and personal narratives, for teaching about the “Final Solution;” significant themes of the memoir and additional resources to support the teaching of the text. Professional Development Hours Provided

A cooperative endeavor of The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education & Historical Society of Princeton.

To register, e-mail name, school and grade level to:

Program developed by Echoes and Reflections, a comprehensive Holocaust education program that delivers professional development and a rich array of resources for middle and high school teachers. With Echoes and Reflections, teachers can help students make connections with the past and gain relevant insight into human dilemmas and difficult social challenges.


Holocaust and Genocide Education

In its efforts to build respectful relationships among all people, the Historical Society of Princeton is proud to house a Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center. In addition to offering education programs, HSP’s “Unity Center” has a collection of books, curriculum guides and DVDs available to teachers and students. Topics include the Holocaust, genocides, including Armenia, Cambodia and the Ukraine, terrorism and bullying. For more information, or to visit our library, please contact Eve Mandel, Director of Programs and Visitor Services, at 609-921-6748, x102, or


How to Book a Program:

For more information or to make a reservation, please call Eve Mandel, Director of Programs and Visitor Services, at 609-921-6748, x102, or email All field trips must have at least one chaperone for every 8 children. Large groups will be split during programs as necessary.

Programs and exhibitions for the 2016-2017 school year are generously supported by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, and PNC Bank & PNC Wealth Management.