Bring your students to the museum, or even let us come to you! We offer a bus transportation grant to financially assist Orange County students traveling to the museum. Restrictions may apply - please don’t hesitate to contact us to see if your school qualifies.
The museum's Heritage Education program is NC Curriculum-based and can be adapted for groups K-5. Each program lasts ~45 minutes, and can be done in a single morning or afternoon visit to the museum.
This program shows students what life was like for children in the 19th century, and how their current lives compare and contrast. Students will see toys from the museum's collection. They will also create a toy (such as a thaumatrope pictured above) after learning about the history of the toy.
This activity lets students learn how colonial women made clothing and bedding. They will also be able to handle real samples of quilts and have the opportunity to create their own mini-quilt.
This program teaches students about archaeology and lets them handle reproduction artifacts. Students will also get split into small groups for an activity in which they will create hand signs to communicate about essentials like food, shelter, and water. This helps them think about how difficult communication was during this period.