FHC Museum Docents in historical costume

FHC Museum Docents in historical costume

The Framingham History Center offers docent-led tours to schools (K-12 and college), youth groups, and organizations by appointment. Visitors have the choice of touring the Four Centuries of Framingham History exhibit at the Old Academy Building, the Framingham in the Civil War exhibit at the Edgell Memorial Library, or both! A suggested donation of $5 is very much appreciated. Please call the office at 508-626-9091 or email the Education Coordinator Laura Stagliola at

Third Grade Program — Each spring, hundreds of third grade students from Framingham Public Schools come through the Old Academy and the Edgell Memorial Library doors to learn about their local history. 2017 marks the 42nd year of the Third Grade Program at the Framingham History Center.


Teachers and Docents Resources



Girl Scout Programs

Brownie troops will earn the Celebrating Community badge in one afternoon with the Framingham History Center! Explore community symbols, learn how to fold the American flag, be a historic landmark detective and much more – all at two of Framingham’s oldest buildings!

Upcoming badges:

Celebrating Community – Brownie badge – 2/5

Inside Government – Junior badge – TBA



Third Grade Program Overview —

The Framingham History Center’s  Third Grade Program brings every 3rd grader in the Framingham Public Schools (over 700) to the museum for a day of fun and experiential education. Students become museum docents and investigate artifacts housed at the Old Academy – the town’s first school house.  They also visit the Edgell Memorial Library – the Town’s Civil War memorial where their introduction to the bronze statue of the unnamed Civil War soldier begins a series of questions that prepare them for the learning they will engage in inside.  Students take on names from the town’s founding families as they haul the water they will need for a day of cleaning, drinking and cooking from imaginary wells.  They are transported back to a time when water did not come from a tap. This activity connects to work they have done in the classroom to determine how much water they actually use in a day.

Local history makes the past more personal and meaningful to students.  This exposure of 3rd graders to the FHC museum and historic objects begins an important process of connecting local stories to national events that they will revisit throughout their schooling. This program also provides a first step toward instilling a sense of citizenship and pride of place.