Utopia & Dystopia: The Shakers & The Giver
Social Studies Standards 1, 3, 4 & ELA Reading Standards 1, 2, 7, 9
(Recommended for grades 6-9 — ON SITE with option for outreach)

Explore the history of the Shakers through this unique new offering. This ELA/Social Studies program encourages critical thinking and class-led discussion to explore similarities and differences between the Shakers and the Community in Lois Lowry’s award-winning YA book, The Giver. Students will use primary and secondary source material from the Watervliet Shakers and concrete examples from the novel to support their discussions and findings. Classes should have completed reading The Giver before booking this program. This can also be booked as an outreach program in your classroom. See prices below.

BOCES Approved Artist/Presenter, eligible for funding – ID 1587A

Booking a Program

To book a program, please contact Michelle Arthur, Education Director, at (518) 456-7890 x23 or shakereducator@gmail.com with the following information:

  • School name, address, phone, and district
  • Teacher(s), grade, and number of students
  • Program requested
  • Preferred dates and times
  • Special needs

When can my visit take place?

This program is available Tuesdays through Fridays beginning at 9:30am, with the latest program beginning at 2:30pm. We offer this particular program from September through mid-October (please call for dates) and February through June. Please arrive on time for your scheduled visit. Groups arriving more than 20 minutes late may not be able to be accommodated.

Is the museum handicap accessible?

The Meeting House has an entrance with a wheelchair ramp. All of our programs will take place on the ground floor and our bathroom is also handicap accessible. We offer our programs to groups of all abilities and backgrounds.

What is the cost of a program?

Our programs are $4 per student, with no fee for teachers or chaperones up to one chaperone for every ten students. Additional chaperones are $4 a person. This program is also available as an in-classroom outreach program at a rate of $120 for the first class; additional classes at the same site on the same day $100 (up to 4 classes may be scheduled for the same day). A 50% deposit is required to book your program and is due at least one week (5 business days) prior to your scheduled program. If a deposit is not received by that time, the museum reserves the right to cancel your program. The remaining fee is payable the day of your visit. Payments may be made by check, credit card (Visa/MasterCard), or cash.

How long is the program?

Please plan 60-90 minutes for your visit. If you would like to explore the site on your own after the program, teachers should schedule additional time.

Are there chaperone requirements?

Please plan for one teacher/chaperone for every ten students.

What if we need to cancel our program?

Programs must be cancelled no less than three business days prior to the scheduled visit in order to receive a full refund of your deposit. Deposits will not be returned for programs cancelled after this time.

What if there are hazardous weather conditions?

In the case of inclement weather, you may reschedule your program and any deposits or payments made will be put toward that program. If rescheduling is not possible, the school will receive a fully refunded deposit. Please be advised that the museum may choose to reschedule programs due to weather even if your school is not closed. We are part of the school closings network and all of our closings or late openings will appear there (News Channel 13, Time Warner Cable News, etc.).

Can my group eat lunch at the museum?

We do not have a dedicated lunch space. An indoor space may be available to groups upon request but is not guaranteed. During nice weather, groups are welcome to picnic on the grounds. We have lovely grassy lawns with plenty of shade. There are no picnic tables, so groups may want to bring blankets if they don’t want to sit directly on the grass. We are a carry in, carry out facility and do not have a dumpster available for trash. Please bring your own trash bags and plan to take your garbage with you when you leave.

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