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There’s no better way to feel like you’re part of history than to experience it, either by visiting the spot where it happened or participating in a hands-on program that lets you get closer to history. Experiential learning, which is a fancy way of saying that people learn through their experiences, helps people connect with the past and imagine what it would have been like to be a part of it.
 
Virtual field trips offer you a chance to visit places you might not be able to see otherwise. Sometimes, they’ll take you to places that are not normally open to the public. Other times, they give you an opportunity to see places that might be too far away to visit in person. Each of the “Moose on the Loose” virtual field trips will pose a question and then take you on an online journey to find the answer. Along the way, you’ll visit places around the state that will help you gather clues to help you answer the question and see history for yourself. You might even meet a few famous Granite Staters along the way. By the end of your virtual field trip, you should be able to answer the question and solve the history mystery!
 
There are also suggestions for museums or organizations where you, your family, or your class can visit to participate in a program or tour that brings the topic alive. So go see it for yourself! Or bring a traveling program to your school or group.

New Hampshire Field Trips on “Big Factories and New Industries"

Field Trips & Classroom Programs
New Hampshire Historical Society
Learn about the impact of the Industrial Revolution on New Hampshire with the New Hampshire Historical Society. Onsite tours cover New Hampshire's industrial past, while the "Hands At Work" outreach program offers students maps, primary sources, and touchable artifacts to explore the transition from farm to factory life in New Hampshire.
Field Trips
Belknap Mill
The Belknap Mill Museum offers "My First Day of Work at the Mill," a simulation activity for elementary school students. Students experience the life of a mill worker while on the job in the power house, knitting room, finishing room, and assembly line in 1918.
Field Trips & Classroom Programs
Manchester Millyard Museum
The Manchester Millyard Museum explores the history of the Amoskeag Manufactoring Company through self-guided and docent-led tours for students in grades K-12. The museum also offers a number of traveling object trunks for in-school programs.
Field Trips
Seashore Trolley Museum
Learn about the history of the railroad in New England at the Seashore Trolley Museum! Upper elementary students can take a ride on one of the antique streetcars and learn about the history and importance of public transportation in Maine and beyond.
Field Trips & Classroom Programs
Tsongas Industrial History Center: Boott Cotton Mill
The Boott Cotton Mill at the Tsongas Industrial History Center offers on-site and in-school programs on the history of the Lowell mills to students in grades 3-12. Programs span New England's transition from farm to factory, the day-to-day experiences of the "mill girls" and immigrant workers, and the advancements in technology over the course of the Industrial Revolution.
Field Trips
Woodman Museum
Learn about the impact of the textile industry on Dover at the Woodman Museum! Students will examine time charts, ledgers, fabric samples, and old photographs to find out what life was like for a mill worker at the Cocheco Manufacturing Company.