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Every fall the historic barn at Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center comes to life with an exhibit using our collection of historic trades tools! It Takes a Village is an exhibit that explores the economy of Main Street in Ridgefield through the 18 and 19 century. Using maps, images, and tools from our collection which are featured in the exhibit, a museum educator walks students through a presentation on the interdependent economy of a New England town. Students will explore the popular myth of farms being self-sustainable and self-supporting by looking at the myriad of trades – from blacksmith to cordwainer – that were needed to keep a community thriving. This program was designed for grades 3-5 but can be adjusted for older grades and adult learners. 

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By Request: $75.00

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


45 minutes

Target Audience

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

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Economics/Business

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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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 will start with an introduction to the historic Keeler Tavern.
2. Students will participate in a Visual Thinking Strategies activity using a print from the museum's collection.
3. Live from inside the museum, the museum educator will lead the students through a presentation on how various trades supported the town's economy.
4. Artifacts from the Museum's collection will be used to show how the whole town participated in supplying the materials for a single trade.
5. Time will be allowed for questions and answers.


After participating in this program, participants will be able to:
1. Express their observations and develop their powers of observation
2. Explain what economic interdependence means
3. Describe key trades in the 18th and 19th century
4. Explore the economy of the 18th century through primary resources
5. Compare trades or industries from the past to those in the present

Standards Alignment

State Standards

Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks

HIST 3.2 Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today.
HIST 3.11 Explain probable causes and effects of events and developments.
ECO 3.1 Compare the benefits and costs of individual choices.
ECO 3.2 Identify examples of the variety of resources (human capital, physical capital, and natural resources) that are used.
ECO 3.3 Explain why individuals and businesses specialize and trade.
GEO 3.7 Explain how cultural and environmental characteristics affect the distribution and movement of people, goods, and ideas.
GEO 3.8 Explain how human settlements and movements relate to the locations and use of various natural resources.
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.
ECO 4.3 Identify examples of the variety of resources (human capital, physical capital, and natural resources) that are used to produce goods and services.
ECO 4.4 Explain the relationship between investment in human capital, productivity, and future incomes.
GEO 4.3 Explain how culture influences the way people modify and adapt to their environments.
GEO 4.4 Explain how the cultural and environmental characteristics of places change over time.
GEO 4.5 Describe how environmental and cultural characteristics influence population distribution in specific places or regions.
GEO 4.7 Explain how human settlements and movements relate to the locations and use of various natural resources.