Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino today announced that historic Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay will continue to offer ‘virtual field trips’ for classes for many schools in the area to continue to highlight the stories of resiliency during the Revolutionary War from Robert Townsend and his compatriots as members of George Washington’s spy ring. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Raynham Hall Museum has presented more than 100 virtual programs, and reached over 3,000 students across Long Island.
Supervisor Saladino said, “Oyster Bay Hamlet’s history is chock full of historical importance that many of our younger residents may not be aware of, and that is why I am so delighted to see that Raynham Hall Museum has found a creative solution in virtual field trips to still be able to fulfill their important mission to preserve our history and educate our children on the past. Virtual field trips will be held throughout the school year and will serve as an important educational supplement as faculty and students alike adapt to the ‘new normal’ we all find ourselves in!”
Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay is currently offering virtual field trips for $4 per student for each program, with no more than 2 classes per virtual program. Virtual field trips have become a proven commodity to help ease educators burden coping with new distance learning options. The program is available to libraries as well, and is designed for youngsters from grades 2-11.
The programs available at present are as follow:
- The Townsends in the Revolution (4th and 5th graders, 1 hour long)
- Spy Craft (4th-7th graders, 1 hour long OR an expanded version told in 5 sessions, 1 hour each)
- Standing Where They Stood: Learning About Slavery in Oyster Bay (5th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade, and 11th grade, 1 hour long)
- Samuel Townsend: Colonial Merchant (2nd grade, 45 minutes long)
For more information regarding virtual field trips offered by Raynham Hall, interested educators should reach out to Claire Bellerjeau at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a program.