This program focuses on the experiences and skills of early Ohio settlers and pioneer life in the Maumee Valley in the 1800s. Content and sessions vary depending on age of students and length of program. Teachers can chose from the following list of options. The program sessions will be tailored to meet the length of the program visit.
- Native Americans. Learn about the Native American tribes who lived in Northwest territory including their dress, houses, utensils and weapons. Students will have the opportunity to handle real artifacts.
- Pioneer Daily Life. Set in an actual log home from 1840, students learn what life was like for the early families.
- Historic Trades. Students will learn about a variety of historic trades found in early communities.
- Photography. Students will learn about early photography and have a chance to hand color postcards to take home.
- Candle Dipping and Butter Making. Students get up and moving as they not only learn how to make butter and candles but get to try their hands at both. Students will each make a small candle to take home.
- Travel and Transportation. Held in our 1858 train depot, students learn how changes in technology impacted immigration into this region. Students will also have a chance to explore our real 1915 Locomotive and early 20th century wooden caboose.
- Immigration. Through a short first person presentation, students will learn about the many immigrants who arrived in this region.
- Old-fashioned Games. In the age before computers, smart phones and internet, children played a wide variety of games often inspired by what they found around them. Students will get a chance to try some 19th century games such as rolling hoops, games of graces and cup and ball.
- One Room School. Students will learn about a typical school day inside our 1840s Stone Academy.
- Journalling. Personal journals form the basis for much of what historians know about every day life of the past. In this session, students will learn more about this lost art, listen to samples from original journals and create their own journal to take home.