Programs 

 

Pre-Kindergarten-Kindergarten

The Hands-On History Center is located on the lower level of the Hayner House. The Center provides an opportunity for the youngest museum visitors to safely interact with artifacts and reproduction pieces that are entirely hands-on.

The purpose of the Hands-On History Center is to provide an exploratory environment for children to learn about how people lived and worked in the 1800s.

Hand-on history center

The Center features 5 learning stations:

Log Cabin Kitchen, Dramatic Play, Farm Tools, School Room and 19th Century Chores and Textiles.

19th-century classroomBy combining the child’s imagination with our hands-on items, young children experience small town life during the 1800s.

Children’s exploration of the Hands-On History Center is self-directed and at their own pace.

The Hands-On History Center is available to children age three (3) to seven (7), Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday by appointment only.


Time: 60 minutes
Cost: $3.00 per child.
Chaperones required: 1 per 5 children (at no charge)
Additional Chaperones: $7.00
Capacity: 10-43 children, per session


                        Peek Into the Past

Kindergarten, Grades One and Two

This program strives to introduce young learners to lifestyle characteristics of 19th century southwest Ohio through the concepts of family life, transportation, communication and changes over time. During their 90-minute visit to the Village, students will be able to:

  • Visit several 19th century buildings.
  • Participate in hands-on learning activities.
  • Experience elements of an 1870-era lifestyle through their senses and different learning styles.
  • Recognize similarities and differences between their lives today and the lives of people 130(+) years ago.
  • Become aware of how change happens over time and that certain innovations can activate that change.

During their 90-minute visit to the Village, students will experience elements of an 1870-era lifestyle through their senses and different learning styles.

The program provides an opportunity for the children to visit several restored 19th-century buildings, participate in hands-on learning activities, recognize similarities and differences between their lives today and the lives of the people 130 (+) years ago, discover how change happens over time and that certain innovations can activate change, and experience elements of an 1870-era lifestyle through their senses and different learning styles.

Peek Into the Past is available to students in Kindergarten & Grades One and Two, Monday through Friday.

Time: 90 minutes
Cost: $5.00 per child.
Chaperones required: 1 per 10 children (at no charge)
Additional Chaperones: $7.00
Capacity: Up to 45 students per session


                     A Lesson in Needs & Wants

Grades One and Two

fetching water with wooden bucketsYour students may think that they are on a fun field trip – but we put them to work too! Students will visit a farmer’s home from the 1830s, our Mercantile Store and a reproduction of Mrs. Kemper’s kitchen garden from around 1805, in order to help them identify and relate to the basic human needs of shelter, clothing and food/water. As the students work, they will discover a bit about goods and services as well. They will “harvest” food from our apple orchard and garden, fetch water, discover other goods that their 1800s family might need, or just want, at the mercantile store and learn just how hard it was to get a new shirt or even corn bread!

The groups will compare the needs of those in 19th century southwest Ohio and our needs of today, as well as how we all satisfy those needs.

A Lesson in Needs & Wants is available to students in Grades One & Two, Monday through Friday by appointment only.

Time: 90 minutes
Cost: $5.00 per child.
Chaperones required: 1 per 10 children (at no charge)
Additional Chaperones: $7.00
Capacity: Up to 50 students per session


                        Pioneer Program

Grades Three and Four

Daily life for early Ohio settlers comes alive. We use the Kemper Family as our model to frame the experiences of pioneers in Cincinnati 200 years ago. The 1804 Kemper Log House sets the tone for students of family life and just how difficult it is to write with a quill and ink, or to sweep with a round broom. In the Kemper Kitchen, topics from food preparation to preservation are addressed along with textiles and clothing production in Benedict Cottage. Your students know easily that wool comes from sheep, but do they realize how hard it is to card (straighten) wool, and then to spin it into yarn? They will find out as we set them to their tasks of carding, spinning, stringing beans or apples to dry, fetching water with a yoke and buckets and other children’s responsibilities (chores).

The Village is situated in a very natural setting where a student can get a better feel as to sights, smells and social interactions of our past and to be able to relate it to today.

Kemper Log House

The Pioneer program is available to students in Grades Three & Four, Monday through Friday by appointment only.


Time: 90 minutes
Cost: $5.00 per child.
Chaperones required: 1 per 10 children (at no charge)
Additional Chaperones: $7.00
Capacity: Up to 50 students per session


                  A 19th Century Community

print shopGrades Four, Five and Six

Both whole and small group activities are used to discover the types of people, natural environments and buildings that helped to make up a pioneer community.
Students will take on a role of a 19th century job (does anyone know what a cooper or a wheelwright does?).

 

print shopUsing these new-found careers, they will discover what it really means to be part of a community, determine if this Ohio land and resources are suitable for their work needs, and if they would want to stop at this Heritage Village to settle in or to move on to another town.

A 19th century community is available to students in Grades Four, Five and Six, Monday through Friday by appointment only.

Time: 90 minutes
Cost: $5.00 per child.
Chaperones required: 1 per 10 children (at no charge)
Additional Chaperones: $7.00
Capacity: Up to 50 students per session


                        The Ox-Cart Man

Grades One, Two, Three, Four & Five

The children’s book, The Ox-Cart Man, by Donald Hall sets the stage for this program. The award-winning book provides a wonderful look at the work and responsibilities of a typical farm family in America’s past.

Broom making

The farmer in this book prepares to go to the far away city taking with him goods that his family has produced throughout the year. Your students will be able to participate in some of these same activities that American families did to remain self-sufficient.

Carding, spinning and weaving wool are several steps in the cloth-making process. Students will also be able to try their hands at basic embroidery skills and even help make a broom.

Your class will learn first hand about the production of goods, the economy of our past, barter system, and the purchasing power of a dollar. You will have a new, student-made, round broom to take back to your classroom.

Time: 90 minutes
Cost: $5.00 per child.
Chaperones required: 1 per 10 children (at no charge)
Additional Chaperones: $7.00
Capacity: Up to 50 students per session


                        Outreach Programs

History to Go are convenient learning programs which can be brought to the classroom. A visiting interpreter will come to your classroom to teach students about certain aspects of pioneering Ohio history, or you may choose to rent a History Tool Box for your own use in the classroom. The activities listed as well as suggested activities, range from basic knowledge and learning, to more challenging, higher critical thinking skills.

19th Century Family Life

Did you know that children in the 1800s had to start doing chores and had responsibilities from the age of three? In fact, every member of the family had work to do every day. This one hour program will help the student to better appreciate what they have now. “Mystery objects” in this program will also encourage discussion.

What Will I Wear Today?-1850

Using demonstrations and hands-on reproduction pieces, students will participate in the process of how clothing is made, starting with sheep and plant fibers. “Where does cloth come from?”, “How does it get its color?” and “Who wears what, and why?” are some of the questions which will be addressed. Students will even have an opportunity to try on some reproduction clothing.

Giant U.S. Map Puzzle

This map shows the United States as it was in 1863. 31 individual, labeled states can be used to show the original colonies, westward expansion, or the secession of the southern states during the Civil War. The states are separate and can easily be repositioned for each lesson. A trained interpreter in period clothing will accompany the map to aid in this fun learning activity.

The Ox Cart Man

The Heritage Village brings our ‘ox-cart’ full of objects and activities for your students to work with in their own classroom. They will learn first hand about 19th century work responsibilities and economy. (Ox not included.)

1 Outreach Program $120
2 Programs on same day $160

Each Outreach Program is 1 hour long. If you wish to schedule multiple programs on the same day, please allow 20-minutes between each program.

Education Stations

We will come to your school with several display stations that show students different aspects of life during the 19th century. Hands-on learning activities go along with each area for your students to see and experience the daily life and work of our 1800s counter parts. Students will be able to try a corn grinder, use a drop spindle, card wool, stitch embroidery, play Jacob’s Ladder, carry wooden buckets and more.

It can accommodate up to 90 students at a time. The activities are appropriate for Pre-School up through Grade 6. Display stations include:

The Kitchen/Daily Chores/Sheep/Wool & Weaving Sewing/Corn in Ohio/Toys and Games On the Farm

The Education Stations require a large area to set up, such as a gym, cafeteria or meeting area, for student movement, as well as 8 tables for the displays.

90 minutes - $250

History Tool Boxes

History Toolboxes are packed with artifacts, period music cds, books, classroom activities and a Teacher Guide for your thematic units. Choose from these toolboxes:

Daily Life in the 19th Century For Grades 1-4 (suggested)
Civil War: The Blue and Gray For Grades 4-7 (suggested)

History Toolboxes can be rented for 1 week periods. They are brought to the school on Friday and picked up the following Friday.

One Week rental $60*
Two Consecutive Weeks $100*

Independent Rental (Not Accompanied by an Interpreter)

* There is a $150 advance security deposit required. It will be returned to you upon return and inspection of all materials.