Preservation Long Island offers several on-site programs for school groups carefully designed to reinforce Common Core and New York State Next Generation learning standards across grade levels and curricula. Each of our distinctive historic properties allows students to contextualize classroom topics such as the American Revolution, Slavery, Emancipation, Maps & Globes, Trade, the Constitution, and more.
The cost for field trips is $10 per student with a $60 minimum per program.
The American Revolution on Long Island
4th and 5th Grade
The American Revolution divided families across Long Island, including the Lloyds. Henry and James Lloyd remained loyal to the crown, while their brother Joseph fled to Connecticut as British soldiers occupied his home and looted his property. In this program, students examine colonial maps to discover the strategic importance of Lloyd Neck, learn about the British occupation of Lloyd manor by exploring the house’s artifacts and architecture, and discuss the importance of liberty for both free and enslaved Americans.
Colonial Merchants and Trade
4th and 5th Grade
Merchants in colonial America brought great wealth to the colonies, exchanging raw materials like lumber, tobacco, and furs luxuries, such as tea, wine, and sugar. The Lloyd family were active participants in these commercial activities, accumulating wealth over generations through local and international trade. In his program, students barter for the valuable trade goods that furnish Joseph Lloyd Manor, learn about the dangers posed by pirates at sea, consult primary sources to calculate the value of their wares, and discuss the complex relationship between the Lloyd family’s wealth and the people they enslaved.
Slavery in Colonial New York
Slavery played a critical role in the history of New York, particularly on Long Island, which by 1730 had more enslaved people than anywhere else in the northern colonies. In this program, students consider the experiences of enslaved people living and working at Joseph Lloyd Manor. Students become interpreters of the past by investigating primary documents, exploring the architecture of the house, and responding to challenging questions about Long Island’s complicated history. Census records, inventories, advertisements, and poetry attest to the harsh realities of a system that treated people as property, but also capture inspiring stories of resistance, ingenuity, and achievement among the community of people enslaved at Joseph Lloyd Manor.
The Writing of Jupiter Hammon
Jupiter Hammon is recognized today as the first published Black American poet. He composed his first work in 1760 while still enslaved by the Lloyd family and spent almost his entire life in bondage on Long Island. In this program, students learn about Hammon’s remarkable life by listening to powerful recitations of his poetry, reading his speeches out loud, and discussing his perspectives on the Revolutionary War and freedom. Hammon’s writing offers unique insights into the conditions endured by enslaved people in the 18th century, and students may be surprised by his nuanced thoughts on liberty, independence, and emancipation.