Seven Generations 1803 House Education Program...The 1803 House has provided many authentic learning hand-on experiences for students at Seven Generations Charter School. The students learned about the history of the 1803 House and Jacob Ehrenhardt's contribution of land and leadership for the village of Emmaus. The house served as a model of colonial era architecture and a place to investigate the materials, textiles and tools of the times.
Students learned about weaving and observed an antique loom. They participated in colonial cooking and made their own stew, biscuits and butter over the fire in the fireplace in the 1803 House kitchen. They participated in candle dipping in a kettle over an open fire and basket weaving. Article written by Alison Saeger Panik. For all published articles Go to Resources;
The 1803 House is not just about history, but Astronomy too...Students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at Seven Generations Charter School are linking history to science, specifically astronomy.
The students have formed an astronomy club with the help of 1803 House education committee member Judy Parker and have researched local astronomy and astronomers from the early 1800s. They studied the science behind telescopes and built their own telescopes from Galileo scope kits purchased with funding from the American Association of Physics Teachers Bauder Endowment. The scopes were similar to those used by Galileo in 1609 and into the early 1800s.
The students and parents toured the 1803 House to investigate what types of materials and commonly used objects might have been available to build a telescope in 1803. They identified several kitchen tools and the tube of the punched tin lantern as being useful for astronomy.