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! 

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A Letter from Education Manager Judy Costello in Response to COVID-19

Hello, teachers. Thank you for working extra hard to provide instructions for your students during this time of quarantine and social distancing. Observing your creativity on social media, we think you’re doing a great job.

The education staff at the Shiloh Museum misses you and your students. We’d like to help you, if we can. Now that you and your students are settling into a routine, we’d like you to consider engaging in a virtual field trip to the Shiloh Museum with your students.

You can host a virtual field trip via Zoom and invite us as a guest speaker. By hosting, you maintain control and security. We think a 30- to 45-minute field trip might be optimal, but this is flexible.

We could share on almost any topic that fits our mission, which is all about exploring the Arkansas Ozarks. Here are a few topics that we’ve come up with, but we’re flexible and will work with you to prepare a unique program to fit your needs.

  • Native Americans in the Ozarks. We’ll set up in front of the bluff shelter exhibit and will explore artifacts from our Native American program.
  • Transportation: Then and Now. We’ll explore various forms of transportation in the Ozarks, including a covered wagon, trains, cars & tourism in the 1940s, and trucks & airports in the 1950s.
  • Bartering in the 1930s. We’ll set up in our general store and present the “Mr. Cooper’s Barn” program on the Great Depression. Comparing rationing today to the rationing of the 1940s. This is a new program that seems timely today. We’ll start with what students may have observed recently. Many products such as milk, toilet paper, and sanitizing wipes are being rationed due to hoarding. Production and delivery cannot keep up with demand, and people may be scared. Not everyone has enough money to hoard, and not everyone wants to hoard. We’ll compare today to the 1940s, when most women worked in the home and many workers (men) were away at war rather than working on the farms or in the factories. But soldiers also needed food and supplies and production couldn’t keep up with demand. People then were scared but they also wanted to do their part. We’ll consider such questions as what things are rationed today and why and what was rationed in the 1940s and why. We’ll set up in front of the 1940s exhibit, wear 1940s clothing, and use 1940s ration props.

If you are interested in a scheduling a free field trip, please email me.

Stay home and stay safe.

2019-2020 School Program Topics

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.

Download a 2019–2020 education program brochure.


AVAILABLE YEAR-ROUND

Native Americans of the Ozarks
Maximum of 90 students. Learn about prehistoric, Osage, and Cherokee Indians. Examine prehistoric tools and their uses. Make and take an Indian bean game. Tour the 1850s log cabin, barn, and exhibit hall. 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
Maximum of 90 students. 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
Maximum of 90 students. Explore the changes in transportation, clothing, and education in the Ozarks. Learn about the first schools in the Ozarks, discover how people traveled, and explore the museum’s exhibit hall. Let museum educators know if you would like to include our Arkansas Symbols station as part of the field trip. 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
Maximum of 90 students. 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
Maximum of 30 students per rotation. 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 2020

APRIL 17. Civil War Day
Overview
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.
Participation
Maximum of 120 students for each 90-minute time slot.  Pre-registration is required. Optional 30-minute addition of guided tour at the nearby Confederate Cemetery.

APRIL–MAY. Mr. Cooper’s Barn and the Steele General Store
Maximum of 90 students. Help with farm chores around the 1930s barn, then trade and barter for needed supplies at the General Store. Chaperones recommended to help with barn chores. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening. Social Studies: Economics; Place, Region, and Culture; Resources and Movement; Change Over Time; Evidence

SEPTEMBER 18. Arkansas Symbols Day
Overview
Students can explore interactive stations representing most of the tangible Arkansas state symbols. By visiting the stations students should be able to recognize and describe these symbols. Older students will be able to learn the significance and origin of our state symbols. This Arkansas Symbols Day is appropriate for K-3 students, but language academy and special education students may also benefit. Teachers can expand upon what is learned at the event to help 4th graders analyze the role of symbols in fostering good citizenship.
Participation
Maximum of 200 students per 90-minute slot. In order to participate, students must be pre-assigned by their teacher to small groups of no more than 4 students under the responsibility of an adult chaperone/teacher. The small groups will move at their own pace among staffed stations on the museum grounds during their allotted 90 minutes. Chaperones should help students manage their time at the event and make sure the students in their charge are safe and following good manners and common-sense rules.

SEPTEMBER–NOVEMBER. Covered Wagons and Log Cabins
Maximum of 90 students. Take a “journey” to 1830s Arkansas, learn about early Ozark homesteads, and do pioneer chores. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Language. Social Studies: Production and Consumption; Resources and Movement; Change Over Time

OCTOBER 1–2. Sheep to Shawl
Maximum of 30 students. 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.

NOVEMBER 30–DECEMBER 18Log Cabin Christmas
Maximum of 90 students. Experience a traditional pioneer Christmas. Learn which cultures brought traditions to the Ozarks and play with Ozark folk toys. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Language; Reading Literature. Social Studies: Place, Region, and Culture; Change Over Time; Contextualization

Scheduling a Field Trip

School buses at Shiloh Museum

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. To schedule programs or for more information, email education manager Judy Costello or call 479-750-8165.


Available field trip times: Tuesday–Friday, 10:00–11:30 a.m. and 12:30–2:00 p.m. Other times may be available upon request.

Cost: Free, but donations are welcome. Classroom memberships are available for $12.50 and include:
• Interactive program brought to the classroom
• Junior Member punch card for students
• Member pricing on student camps
• 10% teacher discount in the museum store

Class sizes: Class size depends on the program topic. See “2018-2019 School Program Topics” for details.

Chaperones: For most programs, chaperones are not necessary, but they are always welcome! See individual programs for chaperone requirements.

Food: Food and drinks are not allowed in the museum exhibit hall. There are a limited number of picnic tables on the museum grounds; none of them are sheltered. When you schedule a program, please let us know if you plan to picnic on the museum grounds during your visit.

Alternatively, it’s a short, easy walk on the Razorback Regional Greenway from the museum to Turnbow Park and Shiloh Square, a sheltered pavilion. Public restrooms are also available here. Contact the Downtown Springdale Alliance to check on the availability of Shiloh Square.

Nearby: If your group has more than 90 students coming to visit the museum, we suggest that you divide your group and sign up for multiple field trip time slots. While one group visits the museum, the other groups can visit other Springdale attractions. Here are some student-friendly destinations. You’ll need to contact each organization directly to schedule your visit.

✦ Arkansas & Missouri Railroad passenger train
✦ Arts Center of the Ozarks 
✦ Jones Center for Families
✦ Springdale Parks
✦ Springdale Public Library

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.) To reserve a Discovery Box, contact education specialist Kim Hosey; 479-750-8165.


DISCOVERY BOXES . . .

• are free of charge

• are related to the history of Northwest Arkansas

• have a teacher’s manual which includes an artifact guide and teaching materials

• 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.


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. To reserve an Artifact Box, contact education specialist Kim Hosey; 479-750-8165.


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.


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 (donations to the museum are welcome). 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 a little 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.”