Our award winning exhibit on slavery in New Jersey, Beneath the Floorboards: Whispers of the Enslaved at Marlpit Hall, is now the focus of two NJ curriculum-based digital companions, complete with applicable standards.
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*The Marlpit resource is currently available for laptop/PC viewing only
Beneath the Floorboards: Whispers of the Enslaved at Marlpit Hall
Using primary sources and artifacts from the MCHA collections and material culture from the historic c. 1756 Marlpit Hall in Middletown, this exhibit tells the stories of seven of the 12 known enslaved individuals who inhabited this residence. The larger story of slavery in New Jersey is also explored through careful research and documentation.
Upper Elementary Level
Middle School / High School
Monmouth County Education Page
This intermediate/high school resource focuses on archival material and museum objects from the collections of MCHA and beyond to help illustrate the rich history of Monmouth County, New Jersey! Colonial era documents, WWII artifacts and ephemera, newspaper articles, and other unique objects help students connect American history to local history.
In addition to curriculum-based content, educators and students will find unique and interesting topics to explore. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or suggestions!
Washington Rallies the Troops at Monmouth by Emanuele Leutze
Student Tour / Primary Source Experience
MCHA also offers on-site programs at Marlpit Hall. Programs are tailored for the grade level attending.
137 Kings Hwy, Middletown 07748
$7 per student grades 3-6 (1 hour program)
$10 per student grade 7-12 (1.5 hour program)
This c. 1762 house features our award-winning exhibit, Beneath the Floorboards: Whispers of the Enslaved at Marlpit Hall. students Grades 3-6 tour the historic house museum to learn about slavery in New Jersey through the lens of those who were once enslaved at the residence. They discover the stories of these individuals, reconstructed through primary sources such as birth records and freedom papers, and are given the opportunity to investigate the process of creating historically accurate stories using primary sources. Students leave the exhibit with a solid understand of the institution of slavery in New Jersey, and the skills needed to think like historians.
Freehold High School students, 2022
Students grades 7-12 are engaged in an in-depth Primary Source Workshop after the guided museum tour to learn about the processes involved in analyzing primary sources such as birth records, inventories, freedom papers, "for sale" ads, and runaway ads. What can these sources tell us, what questions do they leave us with, and how can we use our understanding of history to develop possible theories? Students leave with the skills to conduct responsible analysis and interpretation of historic documents, and a solid background on the components of slavery in New Jersey.
Hybrid Virtual Class Trips !
History comes directly to your classroom with MCHA's hybrid virtual class trips, bringing your students the best of both worlds! This webinar package includes:
- A video tour of Marlpit Hall, learning directly from the curators who built the exhibit. A professional educator will then
be available after the presentation for a live Q&A, to answer any questions the students might have.
- Grades 7-12 will also be guided through the Primary Source Workshop, in which the skills to critically analyze historical
primary source documents are developed.
- All grades receive professional lesson plans and activities based on the exhibit material
- Students are encouraged to explore the free digital education pages above as a pre-or-post trip activity.
- MCHA educators are always available by email to any questions that teachers or students may have, so always feel free
to reach out!
MCHA offers free professional development training for all grade levels. Our PD program is given by professionals in the field, and presents educators with a two-fold approach to understanding the topic on an in-depth level. First, educators experience a curator-led tour of the exhibit, where they gain the background necessary to bolster their confidence level in the subject matter. They then take part in a Primary Source Workshop in which they learn how to analyze documents from the era to extract information in the most useful way, applying curriculum standards into guided classroom discussion. They are prepared with the most commonly asked questions from students, and provided answers according to top scholars in the field. This workshop can be applied in the classroom as well via the digital companion to the exhibit, and has been found useful by ELA educators as well. The program runs approximately 2 hours long.
The Elizabeth Van Cleaf Institute is a multi-day workshop that runs during the summer and is by application only. Click here to learn more!
Thank you to our advisors and supporters on the Beneath the Floorboards digital programs:
Hank Bitten, Executive Director, New Jersey Council for the Social Studies
Dr. Wendy Morales, Assistant Superintendent, Monmouth Ocean Educational Services Commission
Dr. Jason Fitzgerald, Dr. Rich Veit and Dr. Bill George, Monmouth University
Noelle Lorraine Williams, Director of African American Education at the New Jersey Historical Commission