CURRICULUM BASED PROGRAMS:
Student Tested and Teacher Approved
Virtual Live Tours - for most programs.
You can enjoy the museum from the safety of your classroom
Classroom - Hands On Tinsmithing
Suitable for grades 5 and up. The Park House is now offering a hands-on classroom tinsmith program. Each student will be issued their own set of sanitized tinsmithing tools to use for the duration of the class; students will learn about the history of tinsmithing, tool safe-handling procedures, and make their own tin print to bring home. Museum staff come with proof of double vaccination. Call today for details.
Cookies and Books with the Parks
Children get to listen to a story read by a costumed interpreter. A juice box and cookies are included with this program, which is geared toward children in preschool.
Heritage and Identity: 1780 – 1850
This wonderful program illustrates the lifestyle of pioneer children and their families. Students learn how children lived without running water, indoor washrooms, electricity, and gender roles. Students are able to visually compare historical differences with today’s society. A hands-on activity is included with the tour
What did pioneer children do for fun? Join us for the spectacular walk through and hands on activity.
This program is suitable for students in primary grades
Herbs and Heritage
This program teaches students about the historical importance of herbs and their uses. Students look at the different characteristics of the plant. Gardening is the hands-on activity; students plant an herb to take home.
Healthy Habits: Disease and Medical Development in Canadian History
This program investigates healthy habits, medical practices of our ancestors, local progress, the development of germ theory, gender roles, and the professionalization of nursing. Students are able to view Victorian medical insturments. What do we do differently? Hands-on Activity is included with this tour
Land, Economics, and Politics: Loyalists and the Fur Trade
This comprehensive program looks at the trade relations between the Native Americans and Early Europeans, development of Canada, and its relevance to the museum. The students also gain an outlook into the settlement of Windsor and Essex County. Students will gain the opportunity to critical assess the negative and positive aspects of the fur trade and land development.
The American Revolution and the Park House History: House Tour
Built in the 1790’s at the mouth of the Rouge River in Michigan, this house is rooted in a rather unusual history; during the house tour students learn of the house history and of its connection to the United States. How did the American Revolution affect the development of a Canadian town? Hands-on activity is included with this tour.
French Settlements in Essex County
While the program is in the delivered in the English language, it is rather rich in cultural heritage. Students take a look into the past and discover French influences during the settlement of Essex County. Highlights include: Assumption Missionary, settlement of Detroit, the Fur Trade, First Nations, the Seven Years’ War, and Petite Cote. Hands-on activity is included with this tour.
Past Traditions: Victorian Christmas
Suitable for children in the primary grades, this whimsical program illustrates how children and families celebrated Christmas in the 1850's. Stringing popcorn, singing carols, baking cookies and making crafts are among the number of possibilities to customize this programs to your students’ needs and interests.
Past Traditions: All Hallows Eve and the Autumn Harvest
This program examines at the history of Halloween. Beginning with the Irish tradition of All Hallows Eve and 19th Century immigration to Essex County, students learn of the transition into the Halloween that we know today. At the same time, students learn the importance of the harvest and celebration surrounding autumn. Students are able to see Edwardian decorations and try a hands-on activity. This program is also available as a secondary/ post – secondary lecture.
Post – Secondary Programs
Archaeological Studies: Culture and Artifacts in Southwestern Ontario
This programs looks at various Aboriginal cultures in Southwestern Ontario (8000 BC to 1800 AD). Students are able to examine arrow points in the museum’s collection and discuss methods of surveying, excavation, and artifact collection.
Women and War, 1914 – 1945
This is a lecture based program that looks at the role of women in the First and Second World Wars. What types of policies were introduced that contribute to modern society?
Politics and Fashion in Victorian Britain
Politics, Industrial Revolution, the Royal Family, Trade Unionism, Gender Roles, Consumerism, and Fashion in Victorian Britain; students will learn how these are all interconnected while examining clothing artifacts from the era.
Oh Grammar, You’re So Funny!
Designed for senior high school and post-secondary students, this lecture based program is satirical sketch designed to promote proper grammar and facilitate functional writing skills.