Meet and Greet with History 1840: Julia Kean Fish

by  Liberty Hall Museum

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Students will meet a first-person interpreter of Julia Kean Fish on the eve of the contested Presidential election of 1840. Julia will take the students on a tour of Liberty Hall in 1840, positioned within an accurate historical setting.  Discover why the 1840 election between William Henry Harrison and Martin Van Buren was so hotly contested. Discover what her life was like in the 1840s and how she and her husband campaigned for the Whig party.  The tour is followed by a live question and answer session between Julia and the students.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $75.00
By Request: $75.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Performing Arts, Social Studies/History Political Science

Program Delivery Mode

Microsoft TeamsGoogle Meets

Booking Information

Program Availability: Monday – Friday; 10:00am-2:00pm: Programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please contact the museum at hgaston@kean.edu or 908-527-0400 to discuss the museum's cancellation policy.

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Liberty Hall Museum

Union, New Jersey
United States

Liberty Hall Museum, a historic house and gardens museum in Union, New Jersey and the state's premier in-person and virtual field trip destination, offers a diverse array of virtual school programs and lifelong learner experiences designed to enlighten and inform all curious minds.

Whether you are playing with toys from over 200 years ago with your school class, studying the plants in our historic greenhouses with your scout troop, or engaging with a presentation about Liberty Hall’s powerful women at your local library, Liberty Hall Museum provides the unique opportunity to see, touch, and relive history.

Our school programs meet a variety of Common Core and New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards and all our programs are conducted by museum educators who share a genuine love of this museum. Liberty Hall’s historians and staff are dedicated to ensuring that every visitor who visits the museum leaves with a greater appreciation for our nation and our state’s history.

Hannah Gaston

Program Details


1. Introduction
2. First person tour of Liberty Hall with Julia Kean Fish in 1840
3. Live Q & A session with Julia


At the end of this program students will be able to:
1. Gain an understanding of the typical lifestyle of a politically savvy American socialite in 1840
2. Compare and contrast political movements and elections of today to those of the past
3. Engage in a discussion regarding the often underrepresented roles of women during a political campaign, pre-19th Amendment
4. Ask appropriate and curious questions to a first-person interpreter

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.SL.1c -- Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.SL.1a -- Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.SL.4 -- Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

State Standards

NJ State Standards

6.1.2.CivicsPI.1 – Describe roles and responsibilities of community and local government leaders.
6.1.2.HistoryCC.3 – Make inferences about how past events, individuals, and innovations affect our current lives.
6.1.2.CivicsPD.1 – Engage in discussions effectively by asking questions, considering facts, listening to the ideas of others, and sharing opinions.
6.1.5.GeoHE.2 – Cite examples of how technological advances have changed the environment in New Jersey and the United States (e.g. energy, transportation, communications).
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 that resulted.
6.1.12.EconNM.11.a – Analyze how scientific advancements, including advancements in agricultural technology, impacted the national and global economics and daily life.