Shaping the Nation-Curriculum Packet
This interdisciplinary curriculum packet is intended for 5th through 12th Grade teachers.  The materials focus on concepts and facts about life in the late 18th and early 19th century.  The projects and activities encourage students to expand their knowledge of the United States as an emerging nation by learning about the life and times of Christopher Gore, his family, and contemporaries.

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Reference Materials

Check out our recommended reading list for more information about Gore Place and the Federal Period.


Available from Gore Place

Robert Roberts, The House Servent’s Directory, Or a monitor for private families comprising hints on the aggrement and performance of servents work, New York, M.E. Sharpe, 1998

The Gores of Massachusetts, VHS video, 37 minutes, available through the Minuteman Library Network, www.mln.lib.ma.us.

Helen R. Pinknery, Christopher Gore, Federalist of Massachusetts, 1758-1827, Waltham, Gore Place Society, 1969.

Other resources

A series of colonial craft books for children, containing a myriad of project ideas:


Judith Hoffman Corwin, Colonial American Crafts: The Home, New York, Franklin Watts, 1989.

Judith Hoffman Corwin, Colonial American Crafts: The School, New York, Franklin Watts, 1989.

The volume explores how compliant colonials with strong ties to Europe got the notion to become an independent nation:
Joy Hakim, A History of Us, From Colonies to Country, 1735-1791, Volume 3.

This volume begins with George Washington’s inauguration and continues to the 19 th century telling the story of the remarkable challenges that the freshly formed United States faced:
Joy Hakim, A History of Us, The New Nation, 1789-1850, Volume 4.

A history of the daily lives of Americans in the first fifty years of the new republic, told often in their own words. Written by the Chief Historian at Old Sturbridge Village:
Jack Larkin, The Reshaping of Everyday Life, 1790-1840, Old Sturbridge Village.

Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public’s enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of plants and the environment:
Massachusetts Horticultural Society, www.masshort.org or 617-933-4922.

A portrayal of domestic life in New England during the century between the American Revolution and the Civil War:
Jane C. Nylander, Our Own Snug Fireside: Images of the New England Home 1760-1860, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1993.

An article describing the various styles of houses in New England:

Carol Stocker, “House Styles of New England,” The Boston Globe, Life at Home, June 5, 2003.

Massachusetts Statehouse web site that includes information on all Governors of the Commonwealth, including Christopher Gore.

Official web site of the White House in Washington, D.C.