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Choose from any of these programs; those not available for presentation in the classroom are noted accordingly. 


All Bundled Up:  Quilt Program (K-7)
Students will see examples of quilt blocks with a variety of quilt patterns and a full quilt. They will learn how quilt makers in the past used the items in their everyday lives as inspiration for quilt block designs. They will also learn how quilts were often made of recycled materials.  30 minutes


Apple Blossom Time (K-5) – only available in September
Students will learn that the local apple industry was substantial and that the parades and pageants celebrating that industry became a tourist attraction. This is shown through photographs and artifacts. A PowerPoint presentation is available for older children.  30 minutes


Arkansas Symbols (K-2)
Students will learn about the origins and meanings of our state symbols.  30 minutes


Becoming a History Detective (3-7)
Students will learn how objects can tell a story. Students will have the opportunity to examine an old newspaper, photographs, a Sears & Roebuck catalog, clothing and much more. We will use our detective skills to figure out what something is, how it was used, who used it and when.  1 hour


Building Rogers (3-7)
Buildings have much to tell us about people, history, lifestyle, culture, religion, construction methods, ethnic origins, commerce, economy, and technology.  Buildings are very accessible historic artifacts that directly link the past and the present.  Students will learn more about the story of Rogers and its people from observing hand tools and many photographs.  30 minutes


Christmas Traditions Past and Present (K-5) – available in December only
Students will learn how people in America celebrate Christmas and how the traditions have changed over the years. The program starts with simple pine boughs and goes through Twas the Night before Christmas, magazines and how gift giving has changed.  30 minutes


The Civil War Flag Program (3-7)
Students will learn about a few local flags that were used during the campaign to keep Missouri in the union.  Flags are historical artifacts that record service, honor, dedication, sacrifice, and prestige.  Students will also handle various reproduction items that union soldiers carried during the war.  A PowerPoint presentation is included.
1 hour


Coming to Arkansas:  An Immigration Story (K-7) – best for grades 3 and up  

Students will learn about the 3 major movements of people into Northwest Arkansas from pioneer times to the present. A map of the U.S. and a PowerPoint presentation is included.  30-45 minutes


Discovering the Bluff Dwellers (all ages)
Students will learn about the Native Americans, who traveled through the Ozarks as long as 14,000 years ago.  These people often made their seasonal homes in bluffs located along the nearby White River. The program includes highlights of the Rock Art PowerPoint program developed by George Sabo III, PhD., University of Arkansas & the Arkansas Archaeological Survey. Students will have the opportunity to grind grain using a mano and metate if time permits.  1 hour


Rocky Branch One-Room Schoolhouse (1-5)  

Take students back to school days of long ago with a day at this historic one-room school east of Rogers. Students will compare and contrast a modern school with a school from 1905. The day includes lessons given by a school marm or master in arithmetic, spelling and reading.  They will also experience recess using old-time games and toys. The school is located 13 miles east of Rogers.  Available to school classes or to home-school groups of 20 or more students from September-October and April-May as a field trip only.  Transportation is not provided.  Two classes may come at a time.  No more than 56 children.  Adult supervision is necessary.  One adult is required for every 10 children.  No pre-school age children will be allowed to attend.  Lunches and drinks are not provided.  A typical day lasts from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.  


Sequoyah and the Talking Leaves (K-7)   

The son of a white trader and a Cherokee woman, Sequoyah became curious about the “talking leaves,” or written pages, when he saw white soldiers reading. Sequoyah then developed the Cherokee syllabary. He also spent time living in Arkansas while teaching other Cherokees how to read.  30 minutes


A Stamp Away: The History of Mail Service in Northwest Arkansas (2-7)   

This program will identify milestones in the history of mail services from the early years to the pony express to present-day methods of shipping overnight by airplane. This includes a PowerPoint presentation. Students will receive a postcard and a stamp. If presented at the Museum, students will hear the lesson inside Rogers’ first post office building.  30 minutes


Thanksgiving (K-4) – available only in November  

The history of Thanksgiving and its traditions will be explored from the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock to the mid 20th century. As a class, students will prepare one very large timeline.  30 minutes


Train Program:  The Frisco Line (K-8)  

Students will learn how the coming of the train affected the development and growth of Rogers. We will cover the beginning of the Frisco line in Rogers in 1881 through the last passenger train in the late 1960s. Includes a discussion about why the train is often a better form of transportation than a wagon, but how wagons were still necessary. If this program is presented at the museum, a tour of the Frisco Caboose is included.  30 minutes (1 hour if touring caboose)


Transformation of Transportation (K-5) 

This program will look at the history of transportation and its impact on the city of Rogers.  The economics of a growing population and the new technologies that developed as a result of new modes of transportation will be explored.  A PowerPoint presentation and a timeline are included.  1 hour


An Assembly Line Valentine (K-4) – available January through February 14  

This program will look at why we celebrate Valentine’s Day and the meanings behind some of the traditions. Students will learn how making Valentine cards began as a small operation in a home and developed into an industry using mass production. Program ends with I Love Lucy video clip of Lucy and Ethel working in a chocolate factory. An Assembly Line card-making activity is included.  1 hour


Walking Tour of Downtown Rogers (2-8)

During a walking tour of the Rogers historic district, students will explore the lives of the people who lived and worked in Rogers in the town’s early days. Discussion will reinforce the concept that it took many of the same kinds of people, businesses, and services to make a community work in the past as it takes today. Includes a 2 square block walk during which students may place magnets on a metal board to see just how many businesses were located downtown.  Available at the museum only.  Approximately 90 minutes.  No more than 28 students.  


Wagons Ho (K-2)   

Students will become aware of how much sacrifice families had to make as they made their way west in a covered wagon. Scarcity is emphasized.  30 minutes


Warm Winter Comforts (K-2)  

Students will learn about different methods of keeping warm and how they have changed. These methods include a heated brick, a comfortable quilt, and a variety of clothes. Lesson includes many touchable items.  30 minutes


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