ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Liberty Hall Museum at this year’s NJEA Convention to learn about their educational programs for students and teachers in New Jersey. Located in Union, NJ on the campus of Kean University, the museum offers hands-on experiential learning for students covering over 200 years of American History.
“The American Revolution was literally fought on our front lawn,” said Maryellen McVeigh, Education Coordinator at Liberty Hall. “We give kids the experience of learning about history where it happened.”
Liberty Hall was built in 1772 by the first elected governor of New Jersey, William Livingston, and was lived in until 1995, “so we cover multiple periods of American History,” said McVeigh. “The kids get to see paintings and photographs of kids like themselves from 200 years ago, 100 years ago, 50 years ago,” said Bill Schroh, Jr., Director of Museum Operations, “so they can see that connection.”
Students not only get to see historical artifacts, they can recreate them and step into the shoes of people from the past, from notable visitors like George Washington or Alexander Hamilton, to men, women and children from different moments in time. Student activities range from playing with period toys, writing with quill pens, learning fire prevention techniques of the past and present, wearing vintage clothing and accessories, or designing a new building for Liberty Hall. Programs meet New Jersey teaching and learning standards and are conducted by professional museum educators.
In addition to school-based activities, Liberty Hall offers events throughout the year for both adults and children like Ghost Tours, holiday gatherings, and history happy hours.