Fire & food presentation in Indian Village. Education at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

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Visitors agree that JPPM is a beautiful place to walk along the Patuxent River or to enjoy a special event, but JPPM is also a vibrant center of education. Thousands of school children come here each year for programs on archaeology and our Education staff works with teachers to develop new ways of helping students learn about culture. But things don’t stop with the end of the school year! Summer brings camps on archaeology, Woodland Indians, and colonial life. Scout groups and day camps come for our programs on Tidewater or Native life.

Many visitors come to enjoy workshops on pottery or basketry, programs about Native life, and talks about the history of the Chesapeake Bay region. Visitors who are interested in local history can enjoy tours of Point Farm House or our Public Archaeology site. Behind the scenes tours of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory show how artifacts are treated and studied.

Do you want to know more about archaeology but can’t make it to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum right now? Check out our Virtual Fieldtrip where you can explore the most frequently asked questions about archaeology and get an in depth look at underwater explorations of 1812 shipwrecks! Click here to start your own exploration. This project was generously sponsored by a grant through the Maryland Humanities Council.

During the 2013-2014 school year JPPM embarked on a new project in partnership with Mill Creek Middle School. Working with teachers Jackie Sass and Mark Taeschner and a group of 24 students, we set out to produce video podcasts--or vodcasts--focusing on the War of 1812. The students worked hard all year meeting with historians, theatre professionals, media specialists and visiting 1812 sites. They determined the focus of their vodcats, completed research, wrote scripts, acted, and edited the film. We are so proud of the work that they completed and invite you to watch the results of their efforts. Click here to learn more and to view these video vodcasts.

For more information on the Education department, please contact us at 410-586-8504 or email