Distance Learning

We See America Learning: Teaching Early American History through “iVisits”

The HCSV interpretive staff brings the past to life each school year from October 1st to April 30th through the use of IP-based interactive teleconferencing technology. Programs are now available via Skype!  Students are encouraged to ask questions and become involved. Customized programs are available for an additional fee. Our distance learning program is one of the first distance learning programs in the state and we are now in our 23rd year of courses!

  1. An Early American School Day, a typical day in an Early American rural school.
  2. The Story of Old Glory, the origins and early history of the flag of the United States, using a collection of reproduction historic flags from the 17thc. through the Civil War.
  3. Past Versus Present, a comparison of contemporary everyday objects with their Early American equivalents, for example, an electric toaster vs. a toe toaster, flashlight vs. a lantern, etc.
  4. Four Great Inventions (And One That Almost Was) explores the creation of the steamboat, steam locomotive, daguerreotype camera, telephone, and difference engine, which was an 1832 attempt to build a mechanical computer.
  5. Hearth and Home, an exploration of the role of the domestic arts practiced by the 1800s housewife with an emphasis on food preparation including hearth cooking.
  6. Gone for a Soldier: A Day in the Life of a Civil War Infantryman, includes a discussion of the political, social, and economic events during the Early American era that led up to the war.
  7. Welcome Centers: Taverns, Inns and Wayside Stops, a presentation utilizing our c.1836 Dennisville Inn, a former stagecoach stop in Dennisville, NJ, to explain the important part buildings such as these played in a community.
  8. Revisiting the Country Store: An Important Community Resource, a look at the vital role of a general store in the life of rural America as a purveyor of goods, social center, post office, etc.
  9. The War of 1812: More Than The Star-Spangled Banner, a presentation that examines some of the causes, occurrences, and results of the War of 1812.
  10. Fiber Arts, a domestic program primarily including weaving and spinning interpretations.
  11. The First Frontier: Whaler Yeomen in Colonial New Jersey, the story of the first permanent European settlers as well as a discussion of how the Eastern Seaboard was the original American frontier.
  12. Early American Trades: Explores the important role a printer, woodworker, blacksmith, bookbinder or tinsmith, had in an Early American community. Includes in-workshop demonstrations.

For more information or to schedule a distance learning program, please contact
John Ryan at (609) 898-2300, ext. 18 or jryan@hcsv.org
Programs can run as long as 45 minutes to an hour.

To learn more about the Garden State Distance Learning Consortium, please visit www.gsdlc.org.