Children's Educational Programs


Join us and explore what life was like during the 18th century, when David Humphreys was just a small boy. Our programs use a hands-on approach to learning, giving students an opportunity to really immerse themselves in our nation's history. Tours and outreach programs are also great for home-schools, non-school youth groups, such as Scout troops, church groups, social service agencies, and after-school programs.

On-site Program: A Day in 1762

The Day in 1762 Program began when the David Humphreys House first opened to the public on November 6, 1980. The Program was created by the Society's first Executive Director, the late Dorothy Larson. The year 1762 was chosen because David Humphreys was the same age as a contemporary fifth-grader back then.

Please consider sponsoring one or more children for the Program.

The David Humphreys House comes alive with students role-playing the identities of actual children who lived in 1762, as they learn how to weave, spin, and prepare lunch on an open hearth. Children learn what life was like in the eighteenth century, along with our community's colorful history. The program includes outside tours of the Ansonia Historic District (weather permitting) and the David Humphreys House. Lunch is included.

Average class size is about 20-24 children. Cost: $17/student. Classes from Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton, and Oxford have reduced rates thanks to generous support of their towns.

Outreach Program: A Visit from 1759

Two costumed interpreters turn back the clock to 1759 and allow the children to experience what it was like to attend school in that time, exploring colonial clothing, schooling, food, chores & responsibilities, and play. Each student will make a reproduction colonial hornbook to keep.

Cost: $150/class

Teacher Resources

The Derby Historical Society has several teacher resources available for sale in our gift shop, including books, toys, maps, and prints. Additionally, our Research Library has subject files and historic photographs that may be suitable for use in the classroom. Please contact our office for more information at (203) 735-1908.

Reservations & Contact Information

Please contact us at or (203) 735-1908 for more information or to schedule a program.

Times & Days: All school & youth groups must make a reservation. On-site programs are scheduled Tuesday - Thursday, 9AM - 3PM. Outreach programs are available Monday - Friday. After-school, Scout, and youth programs are also available later in the day and on some Saturdays.

Chaperone Policy: We require 1 adult teacher/chaperone for every 10 students. Non-teaching chaperones are charged the program fee.

Confirmation: A written confirmation will be mailed prior to your scheduled program. In the event that you must cancel a program, chance the number of students attending, or reschedule, please contact us at least one week in advance.

The Day in 1762 is sponsored by the following organizations:

The Bruce Griffing Trust

Derby-Shelton RotarySeymour-Oxford Rotary
Ansonia Rotary

Valley Community Foundation

And in 2008 we express our appreciation to Sen. Joseph Crisco for securing special State funding for the Day in 1762 Program.