Over a two day period in either May or June, more than 170 fourth-grade students (eight classes) from the Abraham Pierson School visit our campus each year to learn about life in Colonial Times. The students visit Old Brick, our house museum to learn about 18th century family life and to see the bed that their school’s namesake, Clinton founder Abraham Pierson, once owned. They then tour our heritage gardens where historic plants with relevance to Clinton’s history, such as witch hazel, are grown. Our Garden Committee teaches the children the differences between medicinal, culinary, and aromatic herbs. Next they visit our George Flynn Library at the back of our campus for an introduction to our archives with maps and photographs of early Clinton. Finally, they visit the Buell Tool Museum (also located on our campus) where they are given hands-on experience with early tools, including a corn grinder.
A few days after the Pierson school visits, the fourth graders are invited to return with their parents. For this evening visit, the students become the “docents” who give their parents the tour, showing them all they’ve learned.
Winter Lecture Series
We offer two or three lectures or educational programs during the winter months on topics related to Clinton’s history. Check our EVENTS calendar for specific dates.
Fifth Grade History Hike
Each year in June, the fifth grade classes take a “History Hike” to visit significant sites in town. One part of the tour is a visit to the CHS Museum Room in Town Hall. The students also visit the Stanton House as part of this event.
We offer two scholarships to graduating seniors each year.
The Ernest C. Burnham Scholarship of $1000 is awarded to a student who has shown a genuine appreciation for history and has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field.
The Victor Mays Scholarship of $500 is awarded to a student who has shown exceptional talent as an artist and has demonstrated a commitment to pursue a career in the visual arts field.