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Challenges and Choices: Immigrant Experiences in 19th Century New Jersey

from The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

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The United States is a country of immigrants. Individuals and families have been coming for hundreds of years for varying reasons, but facing many of the same challenges. This program focuses on immigrants to New Jersey in the first half of the 19th century, putting a personal face on the thousands who made this journey. Participants will explore the difficult choices involved in immigrating to the United States, coming to understand what it meant to leave behind everything and everyone they had ever known. The museum’s exhibits and artifacts will provide context to help students understand the ways in which these diverse groups worked together to solve the challenges their communities faced, and to relate these individual stories to the present.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $100.00
Point to Point: $100.00
By Request: $100.00


45 minutes. Can be modified to suit your scheduling needs

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Character Education, Problem Solving

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Teacher/coordinator must schedule a test call prior to the date of the program in order to ensure a good virtual connection and to discuss other logistics

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No refunds within 14 days of program date. In the event of inclement weather, please contact the Education Department at 973-377-2982 ext. 12 to discuss rescheduling.

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The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Madison, NJ
United States

Drawing on its rich collection, METC Education programs inspire learners of all ages to ask questions about the world around us. We explore American history with a focus on the life and stories of early New Jerseyans and craftspeople with programs emphasizing the intersections of history and cultural heritage in NJ.

Hilary May
973-377-2982 ext. 12

Program Details


1. This program begins with a discussion of why people become immigrants
2. We will explore what the journey to the United States was like in the mid-19th century
3. Participants will take on the role of a real immigrant to New Jersey and make some difficult choices
4. Participants will present their individual and their choices to the group
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers


Participants will:
1. Understand the challenges faced by immigrants in the 19th century.
2. Experience the types of choices immigrants had to make.
3. Gain insight into immigrants from the past who might be quite different from them.
4. Communicate effectively while presenting information to others.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

New Jersey
Social Studies

6.1.5.GeoPP.6: Compare and contrast the voluntary and involuntary migratory experiences of different groups of people and explain why their experiences differed.
6.1.5.EconET.3:Explain how scarcity and choice influences decisions made by individuals, community and nations.
6.1.5.HistoryUP.1: Describe the reasons various groups, voluntarily or involuntarily, immigrated to New Jersey and America, and cite evidence from multiple perspectives the describe the challenges they encountered.
6.1.5.CivicsPD.3: Explain how and why it is important that people from diverse cultures collaborate to find solutions to community, state, national, and global challenges.