Who were the Culper Spies? How did they successfully perform their acts of espionage?
Transport your students to the birthplace of American espionage by visiting the historic Brewster House in the year 1778 – Home and tavern of Joseph & Rebecca Brewster. Joseph may or may not know it, but all of his cousins and neighbors are spying for the General Washington as members of the Culper Spy Ring – including his cousin, whale-boatman Caleb Brewster!
Students portray colonists and members of the Culper Spy Ring at the start of the British occupation in this Reader’s Theater performance! We imagine Joseph’s tavern on a fortuitous day when soldiers, spies and colonists all gather inside. The results? An exciting mix of debate, espionage and the passing of secret messages!
Common Core Standards: WMHO supports Common Core Standard learning by creating rich virtual environment where students study and observe artifacts, primary sources, and participate in an exchange of ideas.
New York State Social Studies Standards: 4.3d Growing conflicts between England and the 13 colonies over issues of political and economic rights led to the American Revolution. New York played a significant role during the Revolution, in part due to its geographic location.
“This was a wonderful experience with a fantastic instructor who put forth great effort to engage the students and adapt a program to be done through the Google Meets virtual platform.” –Chris Merz, 4th Grade Teacher, Winthrop Elementary
Cost: $150.00 for 45-60 minute live session (30 or less students & accompanying learning kit; Boces Arts- in- Ed reimbursable
Duration: 1 hr
Minimum Program Fee: $150
Location: From Your Classroom to Our’s