The Conference House Museum in a Box
Gr. 4-8 Fall Project: Colonial Handwriting with a Quill Pen
A goose feather quill pen and powdered ink were the basic writing instruments in the 18th century. There were no computers, no pencils or ballpoint pens to write with in those days!

Practice writing the alphabet with a quill pen and learn how to sign your name on a document using a
quill pen just like Benjamin Franklin did in 1776 on the Declaration of Independence.
Teachers: Free quill pen writing kit will be provided for each student.
Contact The Conference House Association to order your Museum in a Box kits.
Email: Phone (Tuesday through Friday 10am-2pm): (718) 984-6046


The Conference House Association offers a wide range of educational programming for students of all ages from school tours and seasonal events to workshops, exhibits, lectures and book signings. New workshops and events are being created all the time so please check the website often to see what is available.

School tours are led by trained docents who have a true enthusiasm for teaching as well as knowledge of The Conference House history.  We take pride in serving diverse schools throughout New York City and also the surrounding areas. Many schools visit year after year to experience different programs and also to enjoy the beautiful Conference House Park.

After the tour, students are welcome to purchase age appropriate souvenirs from our gift shop.

Educational programs can be custom designed for special needs groups and other groups.

My 7th grade class and I had a wonderful and fulfilling trip to The Conference House. Our tour was well thought out and informative. The grounds are stunning and thriving with so much history to be learned and appreciated. Thank you for your time and care in preserving such an important milestone in our history. We will certainly be back!

– Cherisse Wilk, Teacher, Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Staten Island, NY 

To arrange a school tour, please call or email The Conference House office indicating your preferred date(s) and we will contact you promptly.


Tel:  718-984-6046


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