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Invitation to Imagine at The Allen Center

January 22, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This visit invites children and their families to travel 150 years back in time to imagine what it would have been like to live and learn at the Allen home and this historic school.

This historic house was once the home of Nathaniel Allen, founder of The West Newton English and Classical School. Nathaniel Allen was a progressive educator who provided equal opportunities for girls and boys in racially mixed classrooms even before the Civil War. His curriculum was innovative, and students came from all over the world to attend his school.

Guests will explore the parlor, a classroom, and even the bowling alley as we learn about the family, the students, the school, and the unique curriculum. Our visit will finish in the barn, where you will have the opportunity to try some of the games and activities that children enjoyed at this time.

We hope you can join us to learn about the history of this newly renovated Newton treasure! Each visit will run approximately one hour. Free event, 3rd grade and up, registration required (see button below).


Sunday, December 11 3:00-4:00 PM

Thursday, December 15  4:00-5:00 PM

Sunday, January 22  3:00-4:00 PM

Thursday, January 26  4:00-5:00 PM


Newton Cultural Alliance
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Allen Center for the Arts
35 Webster St
WEST NEWTON, MA 02465 United States
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