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Life as a Child in 1830: A Summer Program at Haddam Historical Society

Submitted by Elizabeth Malloy, Haddam Historical Society

(April 21, 2023) — The Haddam Historical Society will hold its popular summer program A Week in the Life of an Early American Child from Monday, June 19, – Friday, June 23, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon each day.

The program is offered for girls and boys ages 8 – 12. Students will travel back in time to the year 1830 and spend the week with Mrs. Thankful Arnold and her family.

All activities take place at the Thankful Arnold House Museum in Haddam, and they include caring for farm animals, crafting with wool, making butter, baking, playing with Colonial toys and games, and even dancing! The fee is $139 for the five days with all materials and snacks included. Some scholarship funding is available.

For more information and registration, go to For questions regarding the program or scholarship information, contact Sarah Neal, Education Coordinator, The Haddam Historical Society, at or call 860 345-2400. All students must be pre-registered as space is limited.

Photo Courtesy of the Haddam Historical Society 

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