These programs can be presented at your facility or at the Museum in the beautiful James Library Building, completed in 1900. Programs are $100 plus travel costs if presented at your location.

ABCs of Candy

This program highlights familiar–and not-so-familiar–candies: one for each letter of the alphabet! Program concludes with some sugary & sugar-free samplings.

Back to School 

Re-live schooldays with this hands-on program that reviews the 3 Rs & other activities in the one- room schoolhouse. Participants will handle reproduction objects that tell the story of 19th-century American education.

Baseball in 9 Innings

Learn fun facts about the interesting and varied background and history of America’s game, from its inception to strange superstitions. Participants are encouraged to recall and talk about their baseball memories.

Decoding the Past

Join a museum educator in exploring how everyday items offer an insider’s glimpse of what life was like 200 years ago. Participants will learn about 19th century life as we examine, discuss, and “decode” artifacts – ranging from shoe making tools to a candle mold –  from the teaching collection of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts.

The Dog Days of Summer

Why do we say some of the crazy words & phrases that we do? Join us in exploring the strange and varied origins of some of our most popular expressions.

Garden State: Living Off the Land in 19th Century New Jersey

Examine the agricultural history of New Jersey, and its continuing role in agriculture today, as well as what it was like to live and work on a farm in New Jersey in the early 19th century.

Hail to the Chief

This program will cover all the presidents of the United States, discussing basic facts as well as little-known trivia.

Here Comes the Bride

Learn the fascinating and unexpected history behind many of the traditions surrounding weddings and marriage, including dresses, cakes and toasts. Participants are encouraged to share their own wedding stories and memories.

History of Christmas Carols

Join us in exploring the evolution of Christmas carols from pagan solstice songs to the wide range of songs played and performed around the wintertime holidays today. Participants are encouraged to sing along as we then explore the specific histories of a number of popular carols.

Narrative Threads: New Jersey Quilts & Textiles

For centuries, people in New Jersey have been producing a stunning variety of textiles. Discover some historic pieces from METC’s collection including quilts, woven textiles, and lace pieces. Participants will handle and explore some of the complex materials and tools involved in making textiles.

Remember the Ladies 

This program explores the history, interesting stories and valuable contributions of our country’s First Ladies, from Martha Washington to Melania Trump.


Prior to the development of train, car and air travel, water travel was a crucial means of transporting goods and people, and continues to have an important role in leisure, travel and defense. This program traces the development of maritime technology, usage and safety measures through examination of some of the shipwrecks that are part of life for a coastal state like NJ.

Stories of Travel by Stagecoach & Horse

This program looks at various aspects related to horse-powered travel, including primary source document accounts of what it was like to travel by stagecoach. It will also explore the wide range of horse-powered vehicles that were on the road in the 19th century and what it meant to have a horse as your “engine.”

Sweet Treats: Desserts & Delicacies from the Garden State

This program explores a variety of “sweet” culinary traditions from the 18th and 19th centuries and considers how the treats we enjoy have changed. It will also discuss the process and ingredients of making these food items, then and now.

Through a Glass Brightly

Get the insider view of the 56 stained glass windows at the Museum, many adorned with quotes from the arts, sciences, and humanities. Participants will observe the beautiful details of the window designs and learn about the quotes and writers depicted in the windows.

Tooling Through Art

Many masterpieces of world art contain depictions of hand tools and household artifacts. This presentation shows these artworks, focusing on the tools. Pictures of objects from the Museum’s collection are juxtaposed with the art pieces to show the similarities. Background on the artists, the art, and the artifacts is included.


Perfect for Halloween time or Friday the 13th, this program discusses many of our common superstitions and the origins of these strange beliefs.

What’s Cookin’?

Participants learn about old-fashioned cooking techniques through hands-on examination of cooking utensils and food-related artifacts from the Museum’s collection. The program encourages participants to reminisce about favorite recipes, as well as food and cooking memories.

What’s In a Name?

This presentation focuses on surnames derived from occupations, one of the most common origins of last names. The program is accompanied by pictures of objects from the Museum’s collection and participants will have the opportunity to handle a number of these objects.

For more information or to schedule a program, please contact the Education Department at 973-377-2982 ext. 12 or email education@metc.org