Education programs at Bunker Hill
Bunker Hill Educational programs are:
-Free of charge
-Led by National Park Service Rangers
-Conducted in conjunction with a visit to the Bunker Hill Monument
-Thirty or forty-five minutes in length
-Located at the Bunker Hill Museum
-Designed to accommodate 60 students
*To make reservations for any of these programs, please call (617) 242-5689 between 8 a.m. and noon or send an e-mail.
Patriots of Color at the Battle of Bunker Hill
- Grades 3 and 5, class size up to 35 students
Although they did not enjoy the rights of their fellow colonists, over 100 African and Native Americans fought alongside their white neighbors at the Battle of Bunker Hill in defense of liberty. Using a tour, primary documents, paintings, and hands-on activities, students will learn about twelve Native and African Americans who fought at the battle.
Digging Up the Past: Utilizing artifacts to better understand the Battle of Bunker Hill
- Grades 3 and 5
The forty-five minute program for third and fifth graders utilizes the discovery and recovery of battle site artifacts to understand the Battle of Bunker Hill and those that fought in it. Students first use the cyclorama to visualize the historic battle and the differences between an historic site and a modern day dig site. Students then work in stations reflective of specific areas of the battle and "dig" for artifacts using proper techniques and tools. Students record artifacts and present their findings within the historic framework of the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Mapping the Battle: Exploring the role of Geography in the Battle of Bunker Hill
- Grades 3-8
Students use a large floor map to learn about the changes in the geography of Boston, Charlestown and Cambridge from 1775 to today in this thirty minute program. The large map provides students with a bird's eye view of this area illustrating the development of bridges, roadways and vast areas of landfill. Challenged to think strategically about the geographical impacts on the Battle of Bunker Hill, students manipulate tactile objects placed on and around the map to reinforce the topics introduced in a Ranger led discussion.
A Cause Worth Fighting For: The American Revolution Begins
A Cause Worth Fighting For is a joint program with Minute Man National Historical Park and Boston National Historical Park. At Minute Man, students will experience "Rebels, Redcoats, and Heroes" at Minute Man, and explore the sites, events, and dilemmas surrounding the opening of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord. The second part of the program takes place at Boston National Historical Park as students participate in "Patriots of Color," and learn about some of the men who fought at that crucial battle.
Twisted Strands: Simple Machines and Rope Making
Did You Know?
Did you know that the financing for The Bunker Hill Monument was a hand-to-mouth project, culminating in a bake sale in 1840, three years before the dedication? By contrast, The Dorchester Heights Monument was financed by an appropriation from the Massachusetts Legislature amounting to $100,000.