Classroom Programs

Quick Facts

Grade Level 3-12
Classroom Capacity 30
Assembly Capacity 100
Program Length 50 minutes per session, up to 3 sessions per day
Program Locations Maryland's Eastern Shore

The Sultana Education Foundation provides a variety of classroom-based outreach programs led by the organization’s educational staff. These sessions are generally scheduled for schools located within one hour of Chestertown, Maryland, and are most often conducted as part of a broader curriculum in which the outreach program supplements under-sail programs aboard the schooner Sultana or paddling programs on the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail.

With a program length of approximately 50 minutes, up to three sessions can be scheduled in a single day. The program is most effective for single classrooms of up to 30 students, though larger groups of up to 100 children can be accommodated using an assembly-style format. All outreach programs incorporate visual aids, historic artifacts, and hands-on activities.

Current Classroom Programs Include:

  • Tea & Taxes

The Tea and Taxes program uses the story of the schooner Sultana to introduce students to the daily lives of sailors charged with enforcing British taxation policies in colonial waters in the years preceding the American Revolution. During this presentation, students handle 18th century artifacts such as navigational instruments, surgical tools, hard tack, tea bricks, and period clothing items while learning about the rewards and challenges faced by crew members enforcing the hated “Tea Taxes” aboard Sultana from 1768 – 1772.

  • Echoes of 1608: Englishmen and Indians on the Chesapeake Bay

The Echoes of 1608 program introduces students to the world of the 17th century Chesapeake Bay as seen through the eyes of Captain John Smith and the Native American tribes he encountered during his expeditions of 1607 – 1609. Participants examine authentic Indian artifacts, animal hides, period clothing, and shellfish resources that would have been of value to both the indigenous cultures and first English colonists in the Chesapeake region.