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Much of the work that historians do resembles the work of detectives. Historians draw on a variety of primary sources, both documents and artifacts, from the time periods that they study in order to understand the ways in which people lived, the tools they used in their daily lives, the choices they made about their work and their families, and the challenges they faced.  

In this program, participants will have the opportunity to experience the work of “history detectives” by examining 19th century documents and artifacts from the Museum’s collection, figuring out how they would have been used and determining what this tells us about people in the past. 

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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, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, 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 primary sources
2. We then read through a 19th century probate inventory and discuss what each item tells us about the owner
3. Participants examine and assess historic artifacts
4. Each object is presented to the group and its significance is discussed.
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers


Participants will:
1. Learn how to examine an object to find clues as to its design and purpose.
2. Explore the ways in which primary objects and documents can bring the past to life.
3. Speculate what future generations will think about the objects we currently use in our daily lives.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards
D2.His.9.3-5. Summarize how different kinds of historical sources are used to explain events in the past.
D2.His.13.3-5. Use information about a historical source, including the maker, date, place of origin, intended audience, and purpose to judge the extent to which the source is useful for studying a particular topic.
D2.His.9.6-8. Classify the kinds of historical sources used in a secondary interpretation.

State Standards

New Jersey
Social Studies

6.1.5.HistoryUP.5: Compare and contrast historians’ interpretations of important historical ideas, resources and events.
6.1.8.EconNE.4.b: Analyze how technological innovations affected the status and social class of different groups of people and explain the outcomes the resulted.