Education Programs

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Ranger-led field trip at Salem Maritime.

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Slavery & Freedom in Salem

Ranger-led Field Trip

Explore the history of slavery and freedom in Essex County and the stories of diverse people who shaped our past. This program uses the historic waterfront and buildings, primary source documents, and powerful stories to enliven social studies and connect curriculum frameworks to local history.
All programs are free of charge.

Important Update

Due to staffing changes, education programs will not be available spring - summer of 2024. We hope to offer regular programs again in the fall (September - October).

Salem Maritime Education Resources

Find a library of student and teacher resources including curriculum-based lesson plans, primary source activities, and a series of short educational videos.

Check back here for updates or email us for more information.
See Park Open Hours to explore on your own.

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Grades 4-5

Elementary grade students explore the history of slavery and freedom in Salem using place and primary source documents.

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Grades 6-8

Middle school grade students explore the local and global history of slavery and freedom in Salem.

Young visitors take the junior ranger oath.
Self-guided Field Trip

Explore ideas for a self-guided visit to Salem Maritime.

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Professional Development

Collaborate with us to develop resources for students and teachers.

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Saugus Iron Works Education Programs

Explore more education programming at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site.

Last updated: February 1, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970



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