Art Walk and Talk
Discover examples of contrast in the Museum. Explore texture, colour and line through examination of the artwork from the Museum’s collection featuring local Huron County artists and artifacts. Begin to express ideas and feelings about art through group and self reflection. Create a small piece of artwork showcasing how texture is created through a variety of line and shapes. Grades 1 – 3 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Busy as a Bee
You have arrived at your new homestead. Imagine trying to build a whole barn yourself – just you and your family. Imagine trying to make enough supplies to last the winter for your whole family – by yourself. Investigate the idea of the work bee and how it made life easier for the individual and the community. Examine the tools and manpower needed for a barn building bee and get together with the neighbours for a quilting bee. 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
Main Street Huron County
Investigate the people and places in a town 100 years ago. We will compare the past to the present. Discover the many stores that provided goods and services to the community. Learn about local life at the turn of the twentieth century and shop for supplies on Main Street Huron.
Grades 1 – 4 |1 hour 30 minutes
Why we Celebrate
Celebrate multicultural winter holidays and think about your own favourite traditions. Compare your family’s holiday celebrations to a Victorian Christmas. Students experience the customs of different wintertime celebrations throughout the world, and are introduced to the cultural significance of different decorations, clothing, food and activities. Make a Piñata, paper diya or lunar new year ‘red pocket’ to take home. Available October to January. Grade 2.
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 is it really like underground in the salt mine. Test yourselves with our salt mine jeopardy game to wrap it all up. 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. Learn about the development of Museums from cabinets of curiosities to community institutions. 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
Reflect and Sketch
Materials required: Bring a sketchbook, pencils and pencil crayons
Students will work to generate plans for a historic sketch from the perspective of an everyday role in history. Using their planned sketches students will peer edit and revise their sketches. Students will also be given an opportunity to practice still life drawing and composition, as seen in the artwork and artifacts of the Museum’s Collection. Reflection of the techniques and elements and principles of design used in still life art will be analyzed. Grades 9 – 12 | 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.