Junior Apprenticeship Program

The Junior Apprentice Program educates students, ages 11-14 on life in the early to
mid-1800s by introducing them to the architecture, trades, customs, crafts, and history from the “Age of Homespun”. Apprentices work alongside museum artisans to learn an Early American trade or craft.
Historic Cold Spring Village will be hosting the Junior Apprentice Program session this summer on the following dates:

Thursday and Friday

July 28-29

Aug 4-5

Aug 11-12

Aug 18-19

Apprentices will spend two days each week learning their trade or craft and the history of the 1800s at Historic Cold Spring Village.
While at the Village, all apprentices will be required to wear historically appropriate clothing.
Selection for participation in the program is competitive and the number of available slots is limited.

Applications must be received in the HCSV office no later than 4:30 pm, Saturday, June 20th

Please CLICK HERE to download an application or contact John Ryan at (609) 898-2300 ext. 18 or jryan@hcsv.org.  Applicants must be 11-14 years old, and their families must be members of Historic Cold Spring Village.

Along with a completed application, potential apprentices must provide the following:

  • Applicants must show that they have maintained a B average or higher during the preceding school year.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher (homeschooled applicants may submit a letter of recommendation from a non-related adult).
  • Based on a prompt, applicants must write an essay or create a poster. Those who are accepted into the program will have their work displayed in the Welcome Center.