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Curious to compare life in the 18th century to life today? Join our  museum educators on a virtual field trip that explores life at the historic Keeler Tavern! Famous for the cannonball from the American Revolution still lodged in the building today, the tavern was a center point for life in the colonial town of Ridgefield, Connecticut. Students will interact through Google Meet or Zoom with a costumed interpreter presenting from inside the tavern's kitchen. Through storytelling, maps, objects, and modern technology, students will learn all about how life in the colonial period was different - and similar - to life today. This program was designed for grades 3-5 but can be tailored to meet the needs of additional learners. 

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About This Program


By Request: $75.00

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center strives to provide equitable access to all our programs. Please contact us for more information about our Title 1 Initiative.


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

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

Booking Information

Interactive Virtual Learning programs can be booked Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:30am and 1:00pm.

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

KTM&HC requires two weeks’ notice for any changes to your scheduling. Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled field trip. There is no charge if your program is cancelled due to weather or unforeseen technical problems.

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Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center

Ridgefield, CT
United States

The site of Keeler Tavern has been a farmhouse, tavern, stagecoach stop, post office, hotel for travelers and the home of noted architect Cass Gilbert. In 1966, a group of interested residents in Ridgefield decided to preserve its rich history and established it as a nonprofit museum.The Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center is dedicated to assisting visitors, students, and scholars in understanding significant lives and events during the site’s 300-year history, including their meaning for citizenship and culture now and in the future. We pursue this mission by preserving and protecting the museum’s physical and intellectual assets and sharing them with the widest possible audience, whether on our campus or through outreach programs.

Melissa Houston

Program Details


1. This program begins with a quick interaction with costumed interpreter to discuss the work of a history museum and a museum educator.
2. Students then learn about the Ramapough, the Native Americans who were the original stewards of the land, through the use of historic and modern maps.
3. We then present the history of the site through a Google Slides presentation which brings students from the first house built on the property to the Battle of Ridgefield during the American Revolution - the battle that launched the cannonball famously stuck in the building's wall still today!
4. Participants are then led on a tour of the historic kitchen in the tavern where they learn about clothing, food, and other aspects of life during the 18th century.
5. We conclude the program with time for questions and answers.


Students will :
1. Learn that understanding how people live differently from ourselves builds empathy
2. Explore maps that show how history in the colonies started long before the arrival of European settlers
3. Learn how the historic house at Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center was developed through the 18th century
4. Engage with how families lived during the 18th century through an object-based tour of the historic tavern’s kitchen
5. Develop an appreciation for the interdependent economy and way of life in the 18th century

Standards Alignment

National Standards

C3 Framework for Social Studies:
D2.Civ.6.3-5. Describe ways in which people benefit from and are challenged by working together, including through government, workplaces, voluntary organizations, and families.
D2.Eco.4.3-5. Explain why individuals and businesses specialize and trade.
D2.Eco.1.3-5. Compare the benefits and costs of individual choices.
D2.Eco.2.3-5. Identify positive and negative incentives that influence the decisions people make.
D2.Geo.6.K-2. Describe how human activities affect the cultural and environmental characteristics of places or regions.
D2.Geo.6.3-5. Describe how environmental and cultural characteristics of places change over time.
D2.His.2.3-5. Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today.
D2.His.3.3-5. Generate questions about individuals and groups who have shaped significant historical changes and continuities.
D2.His.4.3-5. Explain why individuals and groups during the same historical period differed in their perspectives.

State Standards

Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks: Grade 3-5
HIST 3.2 Compare life in a specific historical time period to life today.
HIST 4.1 Explain connections among historical contexts and people’s perspectives at the time.
HIST 4.2 Explain probable causes and effects of events and developments.
ECO 3.3 Explain why individuals and businesses specialize and trade.
ECO 4.1 Compare the benefits and costs of individual choices.
ECO 4.2 Identify positive and negative incentives that influence the decisions people make.
GEO 3.4 Explain how culture influences the way people modify and adapt to their environments.
GEO 3.7 Explain how cultural and environmental characteristics affect the distribution of people, goods, and ideas.