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Old North welcomes school groups!

 

What to Expect: When your class visits our campus, students will start their experience with a brief talk about the history of Old North Church in our scenic courtyard. Then, your group will enter the sanctuary for a self-guided tour of the oldest surviving church building in the city of Boston. Students will learn the true story of Paul Revere’s midnight ride, admire the 17th-century angels flanking the church’s 1759 organ, and see a bust of George Washington that the Marquis de Lafayette praised for its accuracy. Old North’s knowledgeable Educators are stationed around the sanctuary to answer questions, and visitors can refer to informational materials that are available as a handout or on their smartphones, via a QR code.

An add-on tour of Old North’s historic crypt is available as well. (See below for details.)

Capacity: Our self-guided tours work well for groups of up to 25 – 30 people. Larger groups will need to be divided into smaller sections.

Price: $5 per person. 

Book Your Visit: For reservations, please contact our Director of Operations, Pam Bennett, at pbennett@oldnorth.com or 617-548-9907 to schedule your group visit. Please include the name of your school and school address, number of students and chaperones, and your preferred dates and times.

Questions: If you have any questions about our programs or if you’d like to create a tailored experience for your class, please contact our Director of Education, Catherine Matthews, at cmatthews@oldnorth.com. We are happy to work with you to create the ultimate visit for your students!

For our at-home learning programs, click here.

A girl with a backpack smiling in front of a bus on a school trip.

Learn about our additional on-site educational programs below.

The crypt beneath Old North Church.

Tour the Crypt

See what lies beneath Old North! This 15 minute guided tour takes visitors through the church’s historic crypt, where more than 1,100 bodies are interred. Walk amongst the 37 tombs constructed below the sanctuary floors between 1732 and 1860. Learn about the construction of the crypt, view artifacts found in the crypt, and learn how and why crypts were used in colonial Boston.

Participants should be comfortable in a basement setting and navigating tight spaces. The crypt has low lighting, uneven surfaces, and is not wheelchair accessible. Historical topics discussed include death, burials, and human remains. Masks are required.

Age Level: Appropriate for 5th grade and up.

Capacity: 15 people per tour MAXIMUM. Due to the physical space within the crypt, we cannot accommodate more than 15 people per tour. However, we can accommodate 30 people at the same time by starting two tour groups in different sections. Please speak to our Director of Operations for more details.

Price: A crypt tour can be added to our basic self-guided tour for a total cost of $10 per person. For reservations, please contact our Director of Operations, Pam Bennett, at pbennett@oldnorth.com or 617-548-9907 to schedule your group visit. Please include the name of your school and school address, number of students and chaperones, and your preferred dates and times. We will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note we are especially busy with school groups from April – June.

Meets the Following Massachusetts Frameworks for History and Social Science:
  • 8-12.CS.10 – Distinguish historical fact from opinion. (H, E, C)
  • 8-12.CS.7 – Show connections, causal and otherwise, between particular historical events and ideas and larger social, economic, and political trends and developments. (H, G, C, E)
  • 8-12.CS.8 – Interpret the past within its own historical context rather than in terms of present-day norms and values. (H, E, C

A History Mystery

*Our in-person History Mystery experience is currently on hiatus, but a digital version of this popular program is available free to educators and homeschooling families. Request access to the three-part video series and supplemental activities here

This two-hour exploratory activity invites students to use historical documents, grave markers at Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, and clues inside Old North Church to investigate the unsolved mystery of who hung the lanterns in the Old North steeple on the eve of the American Revolution. Students learn to discern between primary and secondary sources and how to incorporate them into their historical research. Age Level: Created for 3rd – 5th graders. Capacity: 40 students per program MAXIMUM; a minimum of 4 chaperones required for this program. We are no longer able to accommodate groups larger than 40. Please plan your field trips accordingly. Price: $10.00 per person *This program is available at 10 am, 1 pm, or 2 pm ONLY.

For reservations, please contact our Director of Operations, Pam Bennett, at pbennett@oldnorth.com or 617-548-9907 to schedule your group visit. Please include the name of your school and school address, number of students and chaperones, and your preferred dates and times. We will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note we are especially busy with school groups from April – June.

Meets the Following Massachusetts Frameworks for History and Social Science:
  • 4.CS.3 – Observe and describe national historic sites and describe their function and significance. (H, C)
  • 4.CS.3 – Observe and describe national historic sites and describe their function and significance. (H, C)
  • 5.CS.2 – Interpret timelines of events studied. (H)
  • 5.CS.3 – Observe and identify details in cartoons, photographs, charts, and graphs relating to a historical narrative. (H, E, C)
Meets the Following Common Core English Language Arts Standards:
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI/RL.4.1 – Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when daring inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2 – Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4/5.4 – Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI/RL.5.1 – Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI/RL.6.1 – Cite textual evidence to support analysis of why the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI/RL.6.2 – Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distance from personal opinions or judgments.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.4 – Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1 – Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2 – Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.6-8.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.6-8.6 – Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 – Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawing from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 – Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 – Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

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