New England Heritage Days 2019

Join us October 3 and 4, 2019 for HOME's Annual New England Heritage Days!


One Destination, Three Locations!

On a peninsula with incredible ocean views is Boston’s Columbia Point. Look right, and Dorchester Bay gives way to the Atlantic and the South Shore coast. Straight ahead is a staggered network of tiny harbor islands, and to the left, the emerging Boston skyline. We'll visit three exciting locations on Columbia Point spanning three hundred years of history! Special programs for our group will be held at the following locations:


Commonwealth Museum, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Edward M. Kennedy institute for the United States Senate.


Location: Columbia Point, Boston


Dates: October 3 and 4, 2019


Cost: $12 per person for children and adults ages 6 and older. Children under age 6 are free. (Fee includes all three programs). Please pre-register for this event by September 26. Receive a free HOME unit study ebook, The Kennedys, to accompany your trip when you register!


Recommended Grade Range: Participants in grades 3 through high school are best suited for these programs.


Parking: Free parking is available adjacent to each location.


Schedule: See below


Directions: Visit the websites above for specific directions to each location.


Suggested Overnight Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Burlington


Please Pre-register using the form at the bottom of the page, no later than September 26. 



Thursday, October 3, 2019


10:00 - 10:15am - Arrive at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum.


10:30am - 12:30pm - Who Was John F. Kennedy?

In this hands-on program, students become biographers for the day as they explore John F. Kennedy's early years, his presidency, and the contributions he made to our nation and the world. They analyze historic photographs and documents, view films and television footage, and examine objects in the museum as they gather and record information in our "Biographer's Workbook."


12:30 - 1:30pm - Lunch, and continue to tour the museum on your own. 

Enjoy a picnic lunch outside on the grounds, or purchase lunch in the JFK Cafe.


1:30 - 1:45 - Arrive at the Commonwealth Museum.


2:00 - 4:30pm - Museum tour and Boston Massacre

In this fast paced program, students re-enact the trial of soldiers in the Boston Massacre. Everyone has a role — witness, soldier, or wigged judge. Was Paul Revere’s famous engraving accurate or propaganda? Students weigh different points of view to decide.  Students should come with a basic knowledge of the events that led up to the Revolutionary War. a docent led tour of the museum is also included.


Friday, October 4, 2019


9:30 - 9:45am - Arrive at the EMK Institute for the United States Senate.


10:00am - 12:30pm - Senator-in-Training tour and Great Senate Debates program


Senator-in-Training - Students will choose the state and political party they’d like to represent. Led by an EMK guide, students use tablets to explore the Institute’s exhibits. They’ll learn about the three branches of government, try to pass the National Ice Cream Sundae bill, visit the recreation of the Office of Senator Kennedy, and pledge to make a difference in their community. 


Great Senate Debates - Blending live performance with historic film footage and archival images, Great Senate Debates is an inspiring 20-minute program that looks at the context and importance of crucial turning points in Senate history, and reflects on their impact to our lives today.


12:30pm - Lunch on our own, enjoy a walk on Columbia Point, or depart for home!



Event Registration Form
Please complete and return this form to HOME, P.O. Box 159, Camden, ME 04843
Heritage Days Registration Form 2019.pdf
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* Event Refund Policy Registration fees may be refunded up to the registration deadline for this event. No refunds will be made after the registration deadline. In the event that you must cancel, please consider making your fee a donation to HOME rather than requesting a refund! If an event must be canceled or rescheduled for any reason, HOME will notify participants. Refunds will then be considered on a case by case basis, depending on whether or not the event is rescheduled.