Dear Aunt Mary: Uncovering 19-century Women's History

by  Strawbery Banke Museum

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This program will examine three women as heads of households in the 19th-century.  Participants will use personal documents such as letters, legal documents and critical thinking to develop a broader understanding of how gender and socioeconomic circumstances influence the choices women had in the past.  Discover how three women’s lives intersected and how a group of sisters experienced life in the early 19th Century.

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Point to Point: $100.00
Point to Point Premium: $85.00

Strawbery Banke is offering flexible pricing that offers a pay what you can model for the 2020-2021 school year. When registering schools can tell the museum what they can pay (from $0 - $100 per program) and that request will be honored, with no questions asked.


Flexible 45 - 60 minutes

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Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Homeschool/Family

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Social Studies/History, Literacy

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Strawbery Banke Museum

Portsmouth, NH
United States

Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 400+ years of American history to life. Strawbery Banke Museum tells the story of the neighborhood called Puddle Dock, surrounding the tidal inlet. This neighborhood grew from seasonal hunting and fishing grounds of Indigenous Abenaki people to a wilderness outpost in the late 1600s and through cycles of maritime prosperity to become a multi-cultural "neighborhood of newcomers."  The museum is known for its first-person historical roleplayers, period gardens and landscapes, making history relevant to the present day and using the lives of ordinary Americans to tell extraordinary stories.

Rebecca Coppola

Program Details


1. Introduce Strawbery Banke Museum and common 19th-century primary sources.
2. Introduce the three women who will be central to the discussion.
3. Examine copies of legal and personal documents to gain an understanding of the women and their place in society.
4. Analyze and discuss these sources with particular attention to the role of personal bias.
5. Draw conclusions about the choices that people had based on socioeconomic and geographical factors.
6. Time for questions.


Students will:
- examine primary sources related to gender roles in 19th-century New England.
- analyze economically and geographically diverse textual and visual primary sources.
- practice clear communication and listening skills while participating in group discussions.
- use critical thinking to create historical interpretations from a variety of sources.