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Grant Ups Realism of Wilton's 4th Grade Field Trip

WILTON, Conn. – Wilton fourth-graders will get an enhanced educational experience during their annual field trips to the Wilton Historical Society Wilton thanks to a $4,000 grant from the Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust.

The grant will help provide a more hands-on environment for learning about the town’s Colonial history. Each student will be given the identity of a member of an 18th century Wilton family to adopt for the entire day of their field trip.

They will also get to see and such Colonial crafts as making textiles, cooking over a hearth, making candles, woodworking and blacksmithing.

“The fourth-grade field trip to the society is central to how we help residents discover the past and understand and enjoy our town’s heritage,” said Tierney O’Hearn, co-president of the Historical Society. “The Ambler Trust’s generosity will help us make this program even better.”

The grant will allow the society to purchase additional costumes for volunteer re-enactors to make the immersive experience more realistic. And the funding will also help to pay for the costs of the program.

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