History Resources for Schools
This is a fun and online way for students (and teachers) to learn different topics of history (local, nation, and world). It is an online learning center that is periodically updated with new information and new sections of learning. Check it out at documents.historymuseumsb.org or click the button below:
The History Museum & the Studebaker National Museum offer tours specially designed for school groups. Your field trip can include visits to the Oliver Mansion and Worker’s Home, Kidsfirst Children’s Museum, Voyages Gallery, and all exhibits in both museums. Pre-visit curriculum material and student activity sheets are available for viewing and printing by scrolling further down this page. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting our Tour Coordinator at (574) 235-9664, ext. 241 or
1.Tour the Oliver Mansion (for grades 3+) [click here]
2.Tour the Voyages Gallery (for grades 3+) [click here]
3.Tour our Changing Galleries [click here]
4.Visit Kidsfirst Children’s Museum (birth-4th grade) [click here]
5.Attend a school program–scroll down ↓
6.Visit our friends nextdoor–the Studebaker National Museum [click here]
The History Museum can also provide education in schools by visiting your classroom with audio/visuals materials. In addition, special programs designed just for schools are scheduled at various times throughout the academic year. The History Museum’s Education Department has developed a list of Indiana Academic Standards met through museum visits and school programs. School groups visit The History Museum regularly to experience history in a unique and interactive way. We offer learning for all age groups are welcome to tour the museum’s exhibits on their own, as long as teachers and chaperones accompany the students. For 3rd grade and younger, we require 1 chaperone/adult for every 5 students and there is no charge for these chaperones/adults. For 4th grade and older, we require 1 chaperone/adult for every 10 students. There is no admission charge for these chaperones/adults. Additional chaperones/adults will be charged $4.00 per person.
We now have online presentations/programs that may be of interest to you and your students. Click the button below to see what we have to offer:
The History Museum's School Programs
Cabin Days School Program
During Cabin Days, volunteers dressed as pioneers demonstrate trades and recreation common in the 1830s. Lively interaction often occurs as students, eager to learn about life “back then,” ask questions of the “pioneers” they visit. A blacksmith forges tools that were used in pioneer days and a woodsman shows how logs were cut. Students sit in rows as the “school marm” teaches lessons and a “doctor” speaks of the uses of leeches in treating fevers and other maladies. Students can walk through the Navarre Cabin to see the interior of the home built by Pierre Navarre, the first European to settle permanently in the area. In 2006, the Navarre Cabin underwent an extensive renovation, which included repair and replacement of original logs and reconstruction of windows. The program is designed for grades 3 and up.
The Fur Trade School Program
April 19-22, 2022
Students gain insight into the importance of the fur trade in northern Indiana during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. They examine silver crosses and animal furs to learn how European explorers bartered with Native Americans for goods. A view of axes, guns, traps, and such household items as a bone needle used in making clothing teaches the self-sufficiency of the fur traders. Following an audio/visual presentation, classes board their buses to travel to Riverview Cemetery, the site of the 1679 landing of French explorer LaSalle. From that point, students walk the portage used by LaSalle and countless numbers of Native Americans, explorers, voyageurs, and fur traders as they journeyed through this area.
The Civil War School Program
Civil War reenactors interact with students to give them insights and perspectives of Civil War soldiers’ lives. A presentation provides background information. The program is design for grades 3 and up. This program contains images of wartime violence and may not be suitable for all audiences.