Boston’s Freedom Trail: Where families travel back in time
Harborfest Drummers

Boston’s Freedom Trail: Where families travel back in time

Welcome to Boston’s Freedom Trail, the 2.5-mile-long route over cobble-stoned streets that lets you travel back in time to when Boston was still a colony and people argued about what to do about the increasingly difficult demands from the king of England.

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Four days in the Adirondacks begins with a stop at Fort Ticonderoga
Fife and Drum Corps performing at Fort Ticonderoga

Four days in the Adirondacks begins with a stop at Fort Ticonderoga

All summer and into the fall, there are Soldier’s Life programs, family hands-on activities and Fife & Drum Corps performances. We’re immersed in the year 1755 when French soldiers began construction of the Fort, called Fort Carillon. Ticonderoga, we learn, in the Native language was “The place Between the Great Waters.”

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Learning all about the Star Spangled Banner in Baltimore and Washington
Aerial View of Fort McHenry

Learning all about the Star Spangled Banner in Baltimore and Washington

lLarning about the flag starts in Baltimore with a visit to Fort McHenry (walk among the canons and peer into barracks that look as they might have during the Battle of Baltimore). Then on to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. to see the actual flag in all its glory.

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Historical events converge this week; families can participate
Conner Prairie Underground Railroad tour

Historical events converge this week; families can participate

There is no better time than the week we celebrate Martin Luther King Day and the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation to embrace teachable moments with kids about slavery—no more so than at the Lincoln Memorial and Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington DC.

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Time-traveling back in history at Conner Prairie IN
Conner Prairie Underground Railroad tour

Time-traveling back in history at Conner Prairie IN

Here at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, the terrific living history museum outside Indianapolis, a Smithsonian affiliate that focuses on 19th-century Indiana, the journey takes us 90 minutes, starting with our escape from an owner who plans to sell us “back South.”

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Re-living slavery and the Underground Railroad at Conner Prairie
Mrs. Ward explaining the slave history at Conner Prairie

Re-living slavery and the Underground Railroad at Conner Prairie

Here at the only Living History museum in the Midwest, kids can explore Prairie Town of 1836 where they take on the role of gardener or criminal or deputy and interact with the townspeople, running errands, sweeping floors, doing laundry, helping in the garden, cooking .

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