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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 “New Hampshire and the Civil War"

Field Trips
New Hampshire Historical Society
Learn about New Hampshire's contribution to the Civil War and see original artifacts from those who lived during this period, including soldiers, nurses, and politicians, at the New Hampshire Historical Society. The current exhibition displays the pen with which Franklin Pierce signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, a hand-sewn American flag made by NH soldiers held at the notorious Confederate prison Andersonville, and John Badger Bachelder's iconic "Battle of Gettysburg" painting.
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Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire
Learn about the history of Portsmouth's Black community on a guided walking tour. In-class guest speakers are also available for school visits.
Field Trips
Daniel Webster Birthplace
Visit the birthplace of Daniel Webster, the political leader who played an important role in the years leading up to the Civil War. Webster was born in New Hampshire and lived in the Granite State for many years. He even represented New Hampshire in the U.S. House of Representatives before he moved to Massachusetts and became a U.S. senator.
Field Trips
Pierce Manse
Visit the home of Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States. Students will learn about Pierce's military service, his involvement in state and national politics, and his time as president through guided tours of the property.
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Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park
Visit the home of Civil War monument sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park. Students will learn about the monuments created by Saint-Gaudens on self-guided and docent-led tours of the property. Pre-made lesson plans are also available for those groups seeking a self-guided visit.
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New Hampshire State House
As part of the New Hampshire State House’s general tour, students visit the Hall of Flags and can see portraits, paintings, and uniforms from many noted New Hampshire figures who participated in the Civil War.
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Woodman Museum
Visit the home of John P. Hale and his family, which is now the Woodman Museum. Displays cover the history of the family and include objects owned by Hale.