School Programs

Our programs, tailored to your school group's age and grade, focus on life and work at King Manor in the 19th century and on the history of the King family in early America and the anti-slavery movement.

Pre- and post-visit materials and activities for use in the classroom are available for grades 1-3  and grades 4 and up.

Please fill out the form below or contact us by email or at 718-206-0545 x11 to book a school or group tour! We are excited to welcome your students!

Our Tours ($5 per student, all teachers/chaperones free!)

Life at King Manor – grades 1-3
King Manor was the home of statesman Rufus King and his family and is one of our only links to the village of Jamaica in the early 1800s. The stories tells are of  home,  farm,  village, and nation. Your students will learn about the lives of those who once lived and worked here through touring the historic house and engaging with history in a lively way.

This program meets the following New York City Social Studies curriculum standards:  1.2, 1.4, 1.7, 1.8, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 2.7, 3.7, 3.8

Download the Life At King Manor pre-visit packet.

Discovering Rufus King – grades 4+
So who was Rufus King? Through the life and work of this Founding Father, your students will learn about the Constitution, the development of the new American Republic, and early opposition to slavery.

This program meets the following New York City Social Studies curriculum standards:  4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.3, 5.6

Download the Discovering Rufus King pre-visit packet.

Coming soon! The American Revolution in New York – grades 4+
Take your students beyond the Boston Tea Party and Bunker Hill with this site-specific, engaging program. What was it like to live in New York City during the American Revolution? Students will learn about why and how people chose sides (or didn't!), how people in New York City experienced the war, British occupation, and how things changed once the war was over.
Available beginning September 2017!

Workshop Options (additional $1 per student)

    • Historic Fun and Games
      Enjoy a hoop-rolling relay race, play ball-and-catch, and learn to move with colorfully laced “graces” – all games enjoyed by children in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    • Historic Crafts
      Learn about Rufus King's enormous library and experiment with a paper marbleizing craft that students can take home as a souvenir.
    • Document Discovery (Grades 5 and up)
      Read and analyze letters and speeches written by Rufus King in the days before and after his 1820 speeches opposing slavery in Missouri to learn about how historians use primary documents to study the past.
      This program meets the following Common Core English Language Arts standards:  RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, W.5.1, W.5.4
    • Winter Diversions and Celebrations (only available in December and January)
      Explore 19th century seasonal festivities, see how the King family spent cold winter months., and make a pomander — a scented ornament with citrus, spice, and ribbon.

Book Your Tour

    You will receive a confirmation as soon as possible. If the date you have selected is unavailable, we will be in touch to find other possibilities. Thank you!