Educational Programs

The Museum is, at its heart, a learning institution.  As such, we provide a variety of educational programs and events
throughout the year for children and adults alike. 


On-Site Tours

The Museum provides living history demonstrations with on-site tours. Demonstrations may be in a variety of areas (depending on availability of staff and volunteers), including seasonal farming chores, drop spindle spinning and wool carding, hearth cooking, use of black powder weapons, and blacksmithing.  Seasonal tours are offered for student groups in November and December. Students sing seasonal songs, enjoy holiday treats of cookies , and make a craft to take home.  Hunting, fishing, farming, home life, and recreation of the Native Americans will be discussed. Artifacts from the collection are displayed and some are available for the students to handle.

If you would like to request a tour, please click the button below.  For more information, check out our School Tour or Group Tour information pages, or contact Joan Yates, Education Director, at 276-988-6755 or



The Museum's educational outreach work has received considerable recognition for its effectiveness in stimulating an interest among children in their heritage.  On-site museum outreach programs for students and adults make use of hands-on, interactive teaching methods with living history interpretation and artifacts and objects from the Museum's collections.  These techniques have been proven capable of stimulating the interest of children in mathematics, sciences, carpentry and other skills, language arts, home economics, and even business economics.


After School Classes

After school classes are offered in four-week sessions each spring (March).  These fun, interactive classes are geared towards elementary-aged youth, ages 6 & up (with some exceptions).  Each week, students complete a seasonal project to take home and enjoy.  Space for after school classes is limited, be sure to sign up early! 

Cost: $40 for All 4 Classes ($35 for Museum Members)
$12 per Individual Class
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To register for After school classes, please fill out and submit the form below with your child’s name and age, or contact Joan Yates at 276-988-6755 or


Youth Interns

Each fall and spring, the Museum organizes a group of Youth Interns (approximately 25 each semester). After school on selected dates, work with staff and volunteers to learn how to carry on "living history" programs. In some cases, public school credit is offered at the discretion of the schools.  While the Youth Intern Program classes are after school hours, many of the participants are home schooled. The parents of home schooled students, in particular, find the Museum's programs of special value. A number of the volunteers who take part in our re-enactments and historical events are "graduates" of the Youth Intern program.


For more information about any of our Educational Programs or to register your child for After School Classes, please fill out the form below.  The museum staff will respond to any questions as soon as possible.

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