School Programs

Here at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, one of our primary functions is to serve as an educational resource for teachers and children. All our school programs are free of charge and are designed to meet grade-appropriate curriculum frameworks for grades K–12. We offer field trips and visits to the classroom, discovery boxes and artifact boxes for loan, and professional development workshops for teachers. Join the fun as we bring the past to the present! Until October 31, 2021, all programs will be virtual. At that time we will evaluate the safety of returning to in-person programs. 

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Hello teachers! 

We appreciate the work of our area educators in providing instruction and meaningful experiences to students of all ages during a pandemic and uncertain times. We want to support your efforts through our program offerings virtually, in person, or a hybrid of the two.

Some of the ways we can collaborate with you include:

  • You can host a virtual field trip via Zoom in which our staff are the guest speakers. By hosting, you can ensure you are following your school’s security protocols. Typically these virtual field trips are 30 to 45 minutes, but we are happy to work with you to design the appropriate length program.
  • We can host your classes or groups at the Museum for a tour of the exhibit hall and grounds or for a customized program based on your curriculum needs. Our on-site programs are interactive, and we can divide classes into smaller groups to create a safe and meaningful experience for your students.
  • We can come to your classroom for a presentation and activities designed to meet curriculum standards in many topic areas. 
  • We can partner with you to develop a hybrid program that has both virtual and in-person components.

Our program topics cover many areas related to the Arkansas Ozarks, specifically Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton, and Washington counties. We are happy to work with you to develop the programming appropriate for your curriculum and grade level. Some of our most popular topics include:

  • Native Americans in the Ozarks: we use our bluff shelter exhibit and explore artifacts from our Native American collections.
  • Transportation Then and Now: we explore various forms of transportation and their historical development in the Ozarks, including covered wagons, trains, cars, trucks, and airports. 

To learn more about how we can help you, email Judy Costello or call 479-750-8165.

2021–2022 School Program Topics

All field trips and programs meet Arkansas Social Studies and Common Core State Standards curriculum frameworks. Optional writing assignments are available for most programs. Program activities will vary based on grade.

PROGRAMS AVAILABLE YEAR-ROUND

Native Americans of the Ozarks
Learn about prehistoric, Osage, and Cherokee Indians. Examine prehistoric tools and their uses. Make and take an Indian bean game. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Reading Literature; Language. Social Studies: Place, Region, and Culture; Resources and Movement; Chronology; Change Over Time; Evidence

Civil War Home Fronts and Haversacks
Learn about life on the home front through primary sources and living history. Find out what a soldier took with him to war. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Language; Literacy in History/Social Studies. Social Studies: Evidence; Expansion and Reform; Civil War and Reconstruction

Then and Now
Explore the changes in transportation, clothing, and education in the Ozarks. Learn about the first schools in the Ozarks and discover how people traveled. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening, Language. Social Studies: Place, Region, and Culture; Resources and Movement; Changing Spatial Patterns; Change Over Time; Evidence

Dinner with the Searcys
Visit a 1940s home to learn about the World War II home front, use ration coupons to “purchase” dinner, and enjoy activities common to 1940s children. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Language; Literacy in History/Social Studies. Social Studies: Citizenship; Scarcity; Cost and Benefits; Change Over Time; Evidence

Sheep to Shawl
Learn how fibers like wool and cotton are processed and turned into clothing through demonstrations and hands-on activities. See seasonal programs for our annual Sheep to Shawl event. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Language; Literacy in History/Social Studies. Social Studies: Scarcity; Cost and Benefits; Change Over Time.


AVAILABLE SEASONALLY IN 2021–2022

Arkansas Symbols Day, virtual only in 2021 (Resources posted to the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History for Educators Facebook group)
Resources representing most of the tangible Arkansas state symbols will be provided in one location on a Padlet. By watching the videos created by community partners especially for local educators, students should be able to recognize and describe these symbols. Games can be used to help reinforce the information about the symbols. These Arkansas Symbols Day videos and information are appropriate for K-3 students, but language academy and special education students may also benefit. Older students will be able to learn the significance and origin of our state symbols. Accompanying informational pages in English and Spanish can help ESL students and parents learn more about our state. Teachers can expand upon what is taught in the videos to help students analyze the role of symbols in fostering good citizenship. Extra resources are provided and educators are encouraged to rate the resources and share ones they currently use.

Curriculum Ties
Strand: Civics/Government
Content Standard 2: Participation & Deliberation – Students will analyze civic rights, roles, and responsibilities.

  • Kindergarten – C.2.K.1 Recognize state and national symbols and patriotic songs
  • 1st Grade – C.2.1.1 Describe state and national symbols and patriotic songs
  • 2nd Grade – C.2.2.1 Explain the significance of state and national symbols, patriotic songs, and mottos
  • 3rd Grade – C.2.3.1 Investigate origins of state and national symbols, patriotic songs, and mottos
  • 4th Grade – C.2.4.1 Analyze the role state and national symbols, patriotic songs, and mottos play in fostering citizenship

Covered Wagons and Log Cabins, September to November, 2021
Take a “journey” to 1830s Arkansas, learn about early Ozark homesteads, and explore pioneer chores. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Language. Social Studies: Production and Consumption; Resources and Movement; Change Over Time

Native American Days, November 18-19, 2021 

We will partner with the Arkansas Archeological Survey to present sessions about Native Americans in Arkansas. The 2021 Native American Days will be all virtual. Sessions will be available “live” on November 18th and 19th, and recordings of those sessions will be available after November 19th. Use this link to register for the 2021 event. Contact Education Manager Judy Costello by email or at 479-750-8165 for more information.

Log Cabin Christmas, November 29 – December 17, 2021
We will be interacting with students during a live presentation of our magic lantern and then sharing a pre-recorded video of the telling of The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore which was filmed in our 1850s log cabin. During the magic lantern presentation we will discuss the magic lantern itself and project hand-painted slides of winter scenes from the 1800s from the magic lantern. We will compare clothing and life from the 1800s to that of today as we look at the slides. During the cabin presentation we review much of the vocabulary in the 1840s book of the poem and show how it relates to items in the cabin and how people lived in the Ozarks in the mid-1800s. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Language; Reading Literature. Social Studies: Place, Region, and Culture; Change Over Time; Contextualization

Civil War Day, April 15, 2022
Immerse your students in the Civil War at the historic Headquarters House (HQH) Museum in Fayetteville. The April 18, 1863, Battle of Fayetteville was centered on the grounds of the HQH Museum, and the house was used as a headquarters by both the North and the South during the Civil War, thus encapsulating the turbulent history of Northwest Arkansas during the war. Civil War Day meets many aspects of Arkansas history standards (Era3.3.AH.9-12.2 and Era3.3.AH.9-12.3) as students walk the grounds, tour the historic house, visit with living historians, and learn from re-enactors who will show and demonstrate their equipment and clothing.
Civil War Day Resource

Mr. Cooper’s Barn and the Steele General Store, April to May, 2022
Explore farm chores around the 1930s barn, then trade and barter for needed supplies at the General Store. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening. Social Studies: Economics; Place, Region, and Culture; Resources and Movement; Change Over Time; Evidence

Sheep to Shawl, tentative Spring 2022
See a live sheep being sheared, wool spun into yarn, and yarn woven into cloth. Limited tour slots available. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Language; Literacy in History/Social Studies. Social Studies: Scarcity; Cost and Benefits; Change Over Time.

Scheduling a Field Trip

All field trips meet Arkansas Social Studies and Common Core State Standards curriculum frameworks. Optional writing assignments are available for most programs. Program activities will vary based on grade.

Cost: Free, but donations are welcome.

For more information, email Education Manager Judy Costello or call 479-750-8165.

Click on this link to request a field trip.

Discovery Boxes

Our Discovery Boxes are filled with artifacts, documents, photographs, and teaching materials for check-out and use in the classroom. (Items from our “Great Depression” Discovery Box are pictured above.) While programs are virtual through October 31, we are happy to offer a virtual “tour” of a Discovery Box or artifact box led by our education staff. 

Discovery Boxes are free of charge and related to the history of the Arkansas Ozarks, specifically Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton, and Washington counties. All boxes include a teacher’s manual which includes an artifact guide and teaching materials.
  • Boxes must be reserved in advance.
  • Boxes must be picked up from and returned to Shiloh Museum.
  • All boxes may be kept for up to one week.
  • Boxes not returned on or before the due date will incur a $1 fee per day.
  • Boxes are limited to up to three at one school in one week.
  • Boxes may be shared among teachers and classrooms, but we ask that one person be responsible for returning boxes in good condition.

Use this link to reserve Discovery or Artifact boxes: Loan Box Reservations


DISCOVERY BOX TOPICS

Click on the links to see pictures and information about each box.

Arkansas Symbols

Arkansas Traveler

Cherokee Indians in the Ozarks

The Civil War

Fossils in Northwest Arkansas

The Great Depression

Osage Indians in the Ozarks

Pioneer Life

The Roaring Twenties

Toys and Games

Transportation

World War I

World War II

Weaving Looms

Artifact Boxes

Artifact Boxes contain artifacts, identification guides with color photos, labels, and checklists. The artifacts are grouped thematically per box and labels are provided so that teachers may make their own classroom displays. Unlike our Discovery Boxes, we have not provided lesson plans and resources as the purpose of the Artifact Boxes is to share the many artifacts we have in our education collections with teachers who can use them to enliven any topic studied in the classroom, not just social studies or history. While our programs are all virtual through October 31, 2021, we are happy to do a virtual “tour” of an artifact box for your classroom. 


ARTIFACT BOXES . . .

• are free of charge

• are related to the history of Northwest Arkansas

• must be reserved in advance

• must be picked up from, and returned to, the Shiloh Museum

• may be kept for one week

• must be returned on the due date. Late fees of $1 per day will be charged.

• are limited to 3 per school during the same week

Teachers may share the box with other classrooms, however, one person will be responsible for returning the box with all contents in good order.

Use this link to reserve Discovery or Artifact boxes: Loan Box Reservations


ARTIFACT BOX TOPICS

Cameras

Diversity

Dolls

General Store

Geology

Medicine

Men’s Personal Items

Native Americans

Printing

Quilting

Toys and Games

Women’s Accessories

Women’s Grooming

Professional Development

Professional Development Workshop at Shiloh Museum

We offer Arkansas Department of Education-approved professional development opportunities, free of charge to educators at any level. Workshops can be taught at the museum or brought to schools. To schedule a workshop, email education manager Judy Costello or call 479-750-8165.


WORKSHOP TOPICS

Overview of Shiloh Museum Resources for Schools – 60 minutes
Teachers learn about our field trip and in-school children’s programs, and how these programs support the Common Core curriculum; teachers are introduced to our Discovery and Artifact Boxes available for loan. We also include a tour of our historic buildings and grounds and time to explore the exhibit hall.

Field Trip Immersion – 60 to 90 minutes
We can adapt any of our field trip programs for demonstration to teachers. This format includes a short introduction to the program and how it supports curriculum frameworks; teachers experience a pared-down version of the field trip program and participate in the activities their students would do. Teachers participate in a final session brainstorming pre- and post-visit resources they would use relating to curriculum frameworks and ways to improve or enhance the activities.

Weaving in the Classroom – up to 6 hours
Weaving on a loom is an engaging, collaborative way to teach a variety of subjects, including economics, history, and math. This hands-on workshop is a collaboration between the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History and weavers from the Northwest Arkansas Handweavers Guild and covers the tools and strategies teachers need to bring weaving into their classroom. The workshop will cover the history of weaving in Arkansas and the world, how to weave on a loom, how weaving fits curriculum frameworks, and extensions that allow students to create multiple products. Educators that attend the workshop will be able to check out looms from the Shiloh Museum to use in their classroom.

"Color the Ozarks" Coloring Book

Our Color the Ozarks coloring book is designed not only for coloring but also for teaching the alphabet, practicing writing, learning Spanish and English words, and learning Ozark history. Each coloring page includes a letter of the alphabet, the name of the object in Spanish and English, and lines for practicing handwriting. Also included is historical information about each of the 26 coloring page topics.

You’re welcome to make copies of Color the Ozarks for education purposes.

Download Color the Ozarks.