Hilltown Families

An interest in one-room schoolhouses can be a lens into learning about New England history, education, and local industry. Here are three free community-based events coming up this month that supports...

Well-known education resource Khan Academy, a free web site offering video-based learning to students, sparked a small revolution in the utilization of video in the classroom. Here, modern learning technology offers...

Buildings are designed with both form and function in mind, therefore, architecture can teach us about artistic, as well as practical trends. Changes in architectural styles of homes can reflect changes...

Examining the world from a "what if" perspective, AlternateHistoryHub is filled with videos considering what the world would be like if important historical events had either not taken place or had...

Are your children or teens interested in history? What about swordfighting? Learning about history can be extra engaging with an intersecting interest, especially one which can be active and participatory. Here...

Opened as an arsenal to support George Washington’s troops during the Revolutionary War, the Springfield Armory served as a major arms manufacturing center for over two centuries. The Armory closed in...

Throughout western Massachusetts are many reminders of the past. From cellar holes to quarries, the region's ruins speak volumes about its history. Families can explore old hotels, drowned towns, abandoned quarries,...

A handful of local paths and trails provide access to the natural and human history contained on the banks of western Massachusetts rivers. From short, interpretive paths to remnants of ancient...

The day upon which Texas slaves learned of the Emancipation Proclamation is celebrated today as Juneteenth. Find out about community-based learning events, resources and self-initiated opportunities to learn about history, reflect...

The Williamsburg Woodland Trails Committee is about to begin construction of a new trail that will provide public access to the ruins of the dam that caused the disastrous flood on...

Joining the host of local communities offering educational opportunities through walking tours, Springfield's downtown has been given new life and new educational possibilities through a walking tour. Provided by the Springfield...

Local bike ride modeled after rides across the pond, bring placemaking to the streets while raising funds and learning through the lens of history!

"The Great Meadow: Natural and Cultural Histories of Northampton’s Meadows" at Historic Northampton features the work of three local artists as they represent their unique artistic perspective on the Meadows and...

Spotlighting a different event in Massachusetts history for every day of the year, Mass Moments makes the state's history accessible and exciting for learners of all ages. Alongside information about each...

Living history museums and events provide interesting insight into the ways in which we engage with historical information. Renaissance fairs first emerged in the United States in the 1950s, as part...

Why do the police "read citizens their rights" when arresting them? The practice of informing citizens of their right to remain silent stems from a U.S. Supreme court decision in the...

The Surprising Social Impact of Bicycles and Local Learning Opportunities Did you know that before inventing the world’s first successful airplane, Orville and Wilbur Wright owned a bicycle shop? They repaired...

On May 16, 1874, an earthen reservoir dam in Williamsburg, Massachusetts broke, thanks to hubris and human error. One hundred thirty nine people died, and some 600 million gallons of water...

Food is a delectable lens through which to explore local history and culture: not only is it delicious, but it's something that is a part of everyone's life, no matter age...

Go on a musical hike with guest DJs Jeff and Paige to explore insects this week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show! Through music and story you’ll learn: how to identify...

Deep from our archives we're rebroadcasting our 2008 Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode. Music by Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Dan Zanes, Elle Jenkins, The Deedle Deedle Dees and many other...

This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, David Grover is our Guest DJ with a History through Stories & Songs Episode. David puts together an eclectic mix of favorite folk...

Lead by a visit to the Springfield Museums' new exhibit, "Leaving Our Mark: In Celebration of the Pencil," families can explore not only the role of pencils and paper in art-making,...

Step back in time to a simpler day when holiday celebrations involved cooking over an open fire and illuminating homes with candlelight - the month of December offers opportunities to experience...

An age-old skill, knitting provides us with some of our most treasured warm clothes. Learning the art of knitting can not only help to provide warmth, but...

Along with the excitement of Halloween's costumed capers, the fall holiday brings with it opportunities for learning about local history. Exploring some of the area's historic landmarks and downtown districts...

Used around the world for millenia, scarecrows are without a doubt an icon of the Halloween season. By studying scarecrow history and participating in community celebrations, families can learn about the...

The past helps to explain the present, and by examining history from multiple perspectives, much can be learned about the struggle for equal rights. Using radio series Beyond Affliction and resources...

Learning to sew allows children is discover a new creative medium and can lead to studies of local history and local culture!

Western Massachusetts was once filled with numerous mining and quarry operations, and studies of geology and local history overlap with explorations of former mine and quarry sites! We've highlighted four such...