Hot off the Press! Special program until April 2017
Visit our Hot off the Press exhibit and learn about the Who, What, Why, When and Where of making the news in Huron County. Operate an old-fashioned printing press & make a card to take home! Become a reporter for your school & write your own headlines. Grades 1 – 4 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Why we Celebrate
Use the senses of sight, touch, smell, sound and taste to experience the customs of different winter and springtime celebrations throughout the world, and the cultural significance of different decorations, clothing, food and activities. Compare your family’s holiday celebrations to multicultural holidays around the world and in the past. Make a take-home decoration that relates to a recent or upcoming holiday. Available October to April. Grades 1-3 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Home in Huron County
What was life like for some of Huron County’s early settlers? Why did they move to Huron County, and why do families continue to immigrate here to this day? Prepare for the journey to a new home, investigate life in a new place and discover the hardships of many early settler’s first years in a new country. Includes hands on activities. Grades 1 – 3 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Salt of the Earth
Explore the history of salt mining in Huron County. Investigate the many uses of salt, how it is produced and what it is like to work underground in the salt mine. Grades 4 – 8 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Our First Curator: Collector, Tinkerer, Founder
Investigate the life and work of the Huron County Museum’s founding curator J. H. Neill and see his creations and ‘hacks’. Learn about Museum work in present times and try your hand being a curator yourself. . Explore the Museum behind the scenes to discover some of our own curiosities, including weird and wonderful highlights and new arrivals. Is this a future career for your students? Grades 6 – 8 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Huron County & the World Wars
Learn about life in the trenches and on the home front for the men, women and children of Huron County. Investigate how the World Wars changed Huron’s industrial, agricultural, social and everyday life. Includes investigative spotlight on soldiers and nursing sisters, and exploration of the Military Gallery. Customizable according to classroom focus. Grades 5 – 10 | 2 hours
Your class creates a custom exhibit based on the topic(s) of your choices. Working with Museum staff over the course of a semester, your class will learn the basics of exhibit planning and design to create an exhibit for all to enjoy. Select, interpret and describe artifacts with personal or community significance. This customized exhibit may be displayed onsite at the Museum or school. Grades 2-12
Available September, October, May and June only
If These Walls Could Talk
Discover life behind the stone walls at the Huron Historic Gaol. Follow early inmates from courtroom to cell and compare the life of prisoners with the life of their governor. Grades K – 12 | 1 hour or 1 hour 30 minutes
See life in gaol through the eyes of a child. This inquisitive tour introduces the stories of two real children who stayed at the gaol in the early twentieth century : a nine-year-old boy committed for ‘mischief’ and the jailer’s nine-year-old daughter. Explore and try interactive activities to investigate where these children would have slept, ate, worked and played, and discuss changing community rules and punishments past and present. Grades 2 – 4 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Investigate an Escape!
Two prisoners are missing from their cells! Follow the clues and gather witness testimony from gaol staff and prisoners to investigate a real jailbreak from 1879. Use critical thinking and strategy to plot how you would break out of the Huron gaol, and make conclusions based on evidence to solve a real historical mystery. Grades 5 – 8 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Have an idea for a program? Wondering how we can help you? Our staff will assist in the creation of a special program just for you!
For more information or to book a program, contact the Museum. We’d love to work with you.