Educators and Field Trips
The Lebanon County Historical Society can help you fulfill elementary education history standards for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, middle school social studies classes, or high school history projects; art teachers of all levels will find inspiration through our collection of PA German art and objects. The Society also offers unpaid internships to College level students. Bring your classes here for a field trip and teach your students local Pennsylvania history with the help of the Lebanon County Historical Society!
Did you know?
James Buchanan, fifteenth President of the United States, practiced law in Lebanon County’s first courthouse (now the Stoy Museum) as a young attorney.
Field Trip Itinerary
The Common Core that we tailor our experience to includes 3rd and 4th grade local Pennsylvania history. Your students will identify historical documents, artifacts, and places critical to Pennsylvania history. What we have to offer when you come for a field trip, each segment is approx. 45 minutes:
- A scavenger hunt throughout the exhibit area: Students will go through the Museum’s many exhibits and look for answers. They can expect to visit a barber shop, the general store, a Victorian parlor, and so much more! It is recommended that you have one chaperone per 5 students for this activity.
- A Lesson in the One Room School House: You may use our “one-room school house” exhibit on the second floor to hold an actual class. The classroom can hold up to maximum of 30 students at one time. We will provide a lesson plan for you to teach ahead of your visit and a booklet containing a sampling of typical lessons from the 19th and early 20th century, for your students. You may either print the books out ahead of time or we can let you borrow a set of books to use during class. Period costumes and hats can be available to you and your students upon request. This exhibit is for your use and we know that your students will enjoy it!
- Hands-On “History Trunks” and old-fashioned children’s games and toys: In the auditorium students will be able to touch and identify objects in our “History Trunk,” which holds an array of late 19th C. and early 20th C. everyday objects. Some items are reproductions, but some are quite old, so we ask that you handle them gently. Students will also be able to play with old fashioned wooden toys and enjoy children’s games.
Prepare for Your Field Trip
You may plan your visit according to the length of time you have and choose accordingly what you would like to do with your students during your visit. You can simply just pick one of the above activities or do all three and spend an entire afternoon at the Society. You and your class are welcomed to bring your own sack lunch and take a lunch break in the Auditorium.
Please note that the Society building is not handicap-accessible due to the age of the building. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Street, metered parking is available in front of the Society building, and free-two hour parking is available at the Farmer’s Market parking lot off of 9th Street and Cumberland.