Education

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Storytime at the Hoboken Fire Department Museum

213 Bloomfield Street, weekly on Sundays, at 12:30 pm. For 2- to 5-year-olds, with parents or guardians. Space is limited. Made possible through support from the Hoboken Family Alliance.

Education Programs

Current Exhibit-Related Programs

All programs are $65 and run 1 hour, unless otherwise noted. For reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

Hoboken People & Places, 1976-1994: Photographs by Michael Flanagan

2017-Education Programs Flanagan

Click on the brochure image at left to learn more about the exhibition-related programming on offer from January - July 2017.

Thirty years ago Hoboken, New Jersey, was a different place. During the late 1970s and 1980s, the city witnessed a real estate speculation spree, resulting in displaced residents, while others saw the city as the foundation for urban renewal. This “mile-square city” was filled with mom-and-pop stores—small, independent, family-owned businesses that were often passed down from one generation to the next. It also had a run-down waterfront and piers, where the remnants of abandoned factories and shipyards were still present. These abandoned work-sites left many blue collar workers with no jobs, and little hope. While some were left to ponder about the future, others took up the fight to rebuild Hoboken into the city it once was. Activist groups like the Hoboken Environment Committee and the administration of Mayor Thomas Vezzetti were two of the contributing forces that helped awaken the new Hoboken.

In the exhibit “Hoboken People & Places 1976-1994,” students will go back in time and view photographs of a different city through the eyes of a seasoned photographer and new resident, Michael “Mike” Flanagan. Educational programs for Pre-K through 12th grade will focus on photography, activism, politics,development, communities, and more.

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Penny's Storytime at the Museum

1301 Hudson St.

Ages 2-5, 30 minutes

Every Thursday, 10:30 am

This storytime program is designed especially for our youngest museum guests. Named in honor of Penny Metsch, who created and hosted the program in 2005, the program presents stories and songs about city life read by Education Curator Maria Lara and guest readers. All are invited, but due to space constraints, reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A reservation link will be posted to our home page at 10:30 am on the day before each session.

This program is supported by our family sponsor, Macy's, but donations are appreciated.

Reservations must be made online between 10:30 am on Wednesday and 10:30 am on Thursday. Advance reservations are not available more than 24 hours before Storytime. If you cannot make a reservation by computer you may call 201/656-2240. For more information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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Storytime at the Fire Department Museum

213 Bloomfield St.

Ages 2-5, 30 minutes

Every Sunday (from Apr. 2), 12:30 pm

This storytime program is designed especially for our youngest museum guests. Stories and songs about city life are presented by Museum staff on the first Sunday of each month, from 12:30 - 1:00 pm. All are invited, and the program is made possible through the generous support of the Hoboken Family Alliance. Individual donations are appreciated.

The next date is April 2, 2017.

Reservations are not required. For more information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

Ongoing Programs

All programs are $65 and run 1 hour, unless otherwise noted

What’s New at Our City’s Museum?

Grades Pre-K – K, 45 minutes

The Hoboken Historical Museum (HHM) is an important institution in the city. Bringing young children to HHM for an enjoyable, educational visit helps them become comfortable with the museum. They learn early that museums can be fun and full of new information. This program introduces Pre-K and kindergarten students to the current exhibit with an interactive tour.

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

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History Detectives: Primary Source Investigations

Grades 6 - 9

How do historians learn about the past? What is a primary source? In History Detectives, students will explore and analyze objects from the Museum’s collection as they learn decoding and interpretation skills. Students work in small groups and learn how to “read” artifacts, documents, and photographs as they develop skills of historical inquiry. This program teaches students how to decode an object in order to learn about the past and about the people who lived it.

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

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Clue: Putting History Together

Grades 5-9, 60 minutes

Mystery! Intrigue! Who could it be? After examining the contents of a historical packet, which contains documents and images from the Museum’s collection, students will be given written narratives of four historical figures, each of which had ties to Hoboken. Students will use critical thinking skills to determine which individual might have been the owner of the collection, and will speak persuasively to the group, explaining the individual’s connection to Hoboken and how the contents of the packet may have belonged to him/her. This is a case that can only be solved through careful analysis and a creative mind!

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

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Mapping Stories

Grades Pre-K - K

Maps tell stories, and stories can be mapped.  Follow the characters in our books as they go through their days and then “map” their journeys. Students will listen to/read a story about characters that travel to familiar and far-away places. The students will then work cooperatively to map the characters’ movements as budding cartographers.

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

Our Neighborhood Architecture

Grades K-3, 60 minutes

Shapes and patterns can be found in buildings throughout the city. What shapes and patterns can you find in the buildings right outside our doors? Students will explore neighborhood architecture with their eyes, and then go inside to create a community mural based on the design element of shapes, lines, and patterns. In this program, everyone is an architect!

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

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Map It!

Grades 1 - 3

Maps can help us find our way around our neighborhoods, cities and towns.  They can also help us locate areas within institutions like museums.  This program focuses on students developing the skills to observe areas of a museum and then map it.  Using a blank map template, students will tour the museum.  They will learn to correlate places in the museum with what they “read” on the map. Then they will develop symbols to use in a key.

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

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Community and Diversity

Grade 2

This program focuses on the second grade social studies curriculum standards for Community and Diversity. By examining objects from the Museum’s collection which represent celebrations of culture, festivals, and heritage/traditions, students will engage with the diverse cultural history of their community and explore how these cultural traditions have changed or evolved over time.

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

Community and Diversity: Referendum

Grades 2-3, 60 minutes

The history museum can serve many roles as a community institution. Not only does it provide exhibitions that allow students to explore events and artifacts through inquiry, but it also serves as part of the democratic process. Our museum functions as a polling place during primaries and elections. This program focuses on voting as a basic right of Americans and the importance of considering both sides of an issue before voting on a referendum.

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

Local Geography and Mapping

Grade 2

This program focuses on the second grade social studies curriculum standards for Local Geography. By examining local maps from different eras, students will discern what sorts of information can be uncovered by reading a map, as well as how maps of the same community may have changed over the years. Students will also make a map of their own neighborhood, including geographical details as well as built structures.

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

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Putting Me on the Map

Grades 2 - 3

Students learn to read and “follow” maps, starting in their immediate environment and working outward. By “following” a map of the area around the museum, students will learn to correlate places on a map with real places and locations. They will then gain a basic understanding of street gridding and apply that knowledge to Hoboken’s geography.

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

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Destination Hoboken - the City and Immigration

Grades 3-5

From Native Americans over 10,000 years ago, to Dutch settlers of the early 17th century, to large-scale immigration and migration of the 19th and 20th centuries, Hoboken has always been a community of immigrants--a people in motion. This program asks, What is immigration? Who has immigrated? And why has Hoboken served as such an important destination for immigrants and migrants from around the globe? Ship manifests and immigration documents provide primary source evidence of immigration over time.

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

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New Jersey Industry

Grade 4

This program focuses on the fourth grade social studies curriculum standards for New Jersey Industry. Through the examination of objects from the Museum’s collection, students will explore several of the discoveries and inventions from Hoboken that contributed to the regional economy. Students work in small groups and learn how to “read” artifacts, documents, and photographs as they develop skills of historical inquiry. This program teaches students how to decode an object in order to learn about the industrial past of our local region.

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

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Local History

Grade 4

This program focuses on the fourth grade social studies curriculum standards for Local History. After examining several documents and images from the Museum’s collection, students will be given written narratives of four historical figures, each of whom had ties to Hoboken. Students will use critical thinking skills to determine which individual might have been the owner of the collection, and will work in groups to write a persuasive essay explaining the individual’s connection to Hoboken and how the documents may have belonged to him/her.

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

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"Soundmarks" of Hoboken

Grades 6-12, 60-90 minutes

Historic and architectural landmarks contribute to Hoboken's unique sense of place. But what else, besides visual landmarks, contribute to the local cityscape? Soundmarks provide audio clues into the daily life of Hoboken and its residents. Utilizing portable digital audio recorders, students will work in small groups to create an audio scrapbook of the community, which they will then present to the class. What can you discover about Hoboken through these unique soundmarks? This program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the city and the people who live and work here.

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

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Chapbook Project

Grades 6-12, 80 minutes
31 chapbooks, $90

The Oral History Chapbook Project was initiated in 2000 with the goal of capturing, through the recollections of longtime residents, the history of Hoboken in books. The Chapbook collection can be found on the Museum's website (www.hobokenmuseum.org) by clicking on "Oral History Chapbooks." This program is a wonderful way to share history with your students. A museum educator will come to your classroom to introduce and give each student a book. After the class has had time to read the book, your class will come to the Museum for a visit related to the oral history project.

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

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Workshop with Local Artists

Grades 9 -12
Program fee for this workshop is $100

Hoboken is home to many artists, each working in a variety of media. The Museum’s Upper Gallery showcases Hoboken artists and displays new art exhibits every 8-10 weeks. The Workshop with Local Artists program allows high school students to speak with a local artist, who will explain his/her work, medium, and how the local environment influences his/her art. This program is part discussion and part workshop, as students will engage in an art-based activity during the presentation.

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

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Walking Tours:
Immigrant Footprints of Hoboken
Local History and Architecture

Grades 7 - 12, 60-90 minutes

Reservations: Contact the Education Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201.656.2240.

 

 
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Main Gallery Exhibit: Hoboken People & Places 1976-1994

On view thru July 2, 2017. Click here to learn more.

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In the Upper Gallery: The Essence of Hoboken in Watercolor by Robert Nardolillo

Click here to learn more...