Collar City Grade 3 – 5
1 hour
Why is Troy called the “Collar City”? Students learn for themselves as they try scrubbing a shirt on a washboard and then see how a real detachable collar works. Handling artifacts from important Troy industries and a digital presentation “tour” of Troy in 1881 help students understand the geographic, economic and technological factors that led Troy to be one of the most prosperous U.S. cities of the 19th century.

Not a Railroad and Not Underground, Grade 3 – 5
1 hour
Handling a (reproduction) set of shackles similar to the ones worn by Charles Nalle during his escape will draw students into the drama of Nalle’s tale. Learn about the African-American population of Troy prior to the Civil War and “meet” some of the important figures that took part in the Nalle story.

Andirons, Bedwarmers & Chamberpots, Grades 3 – 5
1 hour
Students will learn about the ABCs of daily life in the 19th century and prepare for their trip to the Hart-Cluett House by handling tools & implements and matching them to their 21st century function – if one exists!