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How did the Culper Spy Ring form? Why was Long Island its birthplace?  

Can your students successfully recruit Rebecca Brewster, innkeeper of the Brewster House in 1778, to join the Culper Spy Ring during the American Revolution?  As a group, we imagine becoming members of the Culper Spy Ring tasked with this mission by General George Washington, himself!

This virtual program, broadcasted live from the authentic Brewster House (c. 1665), promotes critical thinking, team work and dialogue. After all –  like many colonists at the time, Rebecca has mixed feelings about whether to rebel against the Crown or to stay loyal to it. Can your students convince her? Putting their own skills to the test, students will undergo a full exploration of the Brewster House (c. 1665) in search of clues and secret messages!

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About This Program


Point to Point: $150.00
Point to Point Premium: $150.00


45-60 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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Primary Disciplines

Culture, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

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

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Must be cancelled within 48 hours.

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The Ward Melville Heritage Organization

Stony Brook, NY
United States

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization is proud to offer state-of-the-art programming across the arts and sciences from our authentic historic and environmental properties. Broadcasting live from Long Island’s historic and
environmental landmarks--WMHO supports NY State and Common Core Standard
learning by creating rich virtual environment where students study and observe
artifacts, primary sources, and participate in an exchange of ideas. WMHO’s
digital platforms include (and are not limited to) Zoom, Google Classroom and MS

Deborah Boudreau

Program Details


1. Mini-lesson on lead up to American Revolution, Battle of Long island
2. Students "meet" Rebecca Brewster in a Living History Experience
3. Students learn about invisible ink and decode a spy message


-Students understand the reasons for the American Revolution
-Student understand the difficult choices that colonists made in whether or not to rebel against Great Britain
-Students understand the role the Culper Spy Ring played in the outcome of the American Revolution