The following field trip opportunities are eligible for Bus on Us funding for the 2016-2017 school year. Interesting in applying for transportation funding? Submit an application. To receive reimbursement for the transportation, educators must submit both an Invoice and a Close-Out Report to the Education and Interpretation Manager within 14 calendar days of the field trip. If either of these forms is not submitted on time, reimbursement shall not be released. Educators and schools are also responsible for paying 25% of the transportation costs. For more information on any of these field trip opportunities, visit the site's website by clicking on the site's name. Due to uncertainty in Federal funding, as of January 2017 we are not accepting applications from schools located outside the 41 counties of Freedom's Frontier.


Alexander Majors House Museum
8201 State Line Rd. Kansas City, MO 64114
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: K-12th grade
Program: A visit to the Alexander Majors is the perfect way to enhance curriculum on Kansas City history, the Pony Express, westward expansion, pioneer life, and more. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers help students get a first-hand look at life in the 1850s and 1860s. Trips include a one-hour tour of the Majors House and Wagon room (with authentic Conestoga Wagons), tailored to your age group. Additional add-on activities are available, including Pony Express relays and traditional crafts. Other attractions include a working blacksmith shop and woodshop. Field trips can also bring a sack lunch and eat in our temperature controlled barn or in the large spacious Majors yard.

Arabia Steamboat Museum
400 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64106
Program Name: Discovery Tour
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: K-12th Grade
Program: This 90 minute guided tour begins with a detailed explanation of the Arabia's sinking and recovery. Students then watch a 14 minute film, which gives further insight into the boat's history and excavation through interviews with the excavators. The guide then leads the group through the museum, explaining the rich stories behind the artifacts that bring frontier days to life. A demonstration in our working lab about on-going preservation even includes a chance to smell a recreation of perfume found on the sunken steamer! Finally, students will see a full-scale recreation of the Arabia's main deck, with the boat's actual boilers and a working 28-foot paddlewheel.

Program Name: Elementary Interactive Tour
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 3rd-5th Grade
Program: This two hour program begins in our classroom with a vocabulary activity in which students learn words related to archaeology, history, and science. As students work to discover these new terms, they build a "vocabulary ladder" with a surprise at the top. Students also get the opportunity to see artifacts up close and to dress in the excavation gear worn during the project. Following the classroom activity, students will take a guided tour of the treasures found on the Arabia and see a demonstration at our working lab.

Program Name: Middle School Interactive Tour
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 6th-8th Grade
Program: In addition to a guided tour of the exhibit, students experience the preservation process first hand. Students learn about the varying techniques used to clean wooden artifacts, metal, textiles, and rare food items found on the Arabia. A special demonstration of the freeze-drying process gives students an understanding of how pressure, sublimation, and vacuums work. The most exciting part of this program is the opportunity to clean an actual artifact from the Arabia. Students work in pairs to clean, preserve and document a real piece of history.


Atkins-Johnson Farm
6607 N. Antioch Rd. Gladstone, MO 64119
FFNHA Theme: Missouri Kansas Border War/Civil War
Grade: mid- to upper elementary grades, and middle school.
Program: This program explores the Civil War and Border War in Missouri through the story of the Atkins Farm. The farm house itself dates back to the 1830s and saw first-hand the changes and personal impact of the Border War and Civil War. It's location on the far western edge of Missouri makes it a part of the unique frontier experience. As a small slave-holding farm the Atkins household was affected by the conflict. Material and discussion questions within this program can be tailored to meet the curriculum needs of each grade. The program focuses on 1850 and 1860s farm life, regional characteristics, the Border and Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, and the election of 1860. As they move through 4 activity stations, students use critical thinking skills, map reading, visual thinking strategies, and primary resources such as political cartoons, agricultural census records, and campaign posters. This program will prompt students to analyze the causes and complexity of the Civil War from the perspective of a Missouri farmer. Aligns with Missouri and Kansas Curriculum Standards in collaboration with Common Core.

The following programs are led by the Friends of the Atkins-Johnson Farm. The programs may be given off-site on in conjunction with a visit to Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum. E-mail AJFarmPrograms@gmail.com for more information.
Name of Program:
Pioneer Homes
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 4th
Program: Discusses the many different styles of homes used by early settlers from the covered wagons to the I-house.

Name of Program: Building a Barn
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 4th
Program: Discusses different styles of barns and why each was chosen by farmers in the area.

Name of Program: Big Shoal Cemetery History Hunt
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 4th
Program: Gives participants the opportunity to explore Big Shoal Cemetery, record information, and learn about the early settlers of the Big Shoal Heritage Area.

Name of Program: Local Lore
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 4th
Program: Gives participants information about the early settlement of Linden and how it became the city of Gladstone using maps, photographs, and newspaper articles.

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site
1101 Delaware Street Lexington, MO 64067
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier, Missouri Kansas Border War/Civil War
Grade: 3rd-5th, & 8th Grade
Program: Interpretive staff will change tours at the Battle of Lexington accordingly based on grade level. There is a scavenger game which coincides with the exhibit. Living Historians are also available, as well as a trunk program that can be used for off-site visits. This program focuses on the Civil War in Missouri specifically the Battle of Lexington, Westward Expansion and Sectionalism.

Brown v. Board of Education
1515 SE Monroe St. Topeka KS 

Contact: brvb_education@nps.gov
FFNHA Theme: Enduring Struggle for Freedom 
Name of Program: Fair is Fair
Grade: K-2nd
Program: (45-60 mins) The story of Brown v. Board of Education is shared with our youngest audiences through a 12 minute video narrated by Allen, an eagle puppet, and his park ranger friend. Students will work individually and cooperatively to identify, discuss and document characteristics that make them alike and different. Students identify positive, respectful behaviors and the value of diversity through music, dialogue and art. Add an optional visit to our historic kindergarten room where you student will apply the behaviors they just learned by engaging in cooperative play.

Name of Program: Leaders in Our Community 
Grade: 3rd
Program: (30 mins) Who were Linda Brown, Charles Scott, Mamie Williams and others from the Topeka community who contributed to the national fight for equality in education? Using visuals and dialogue students will identify characteristics of local people who made a positive difference. They will use adjectives to describe their own hero and evaluate how they can develop the skill sets and actions associated with leadership.

Name of Program: Kindergarten Experience
Grade: 3rd
Program: (30 mins) Compare our restored 1950s kindergarten classroom to school rooms today. What is different? What is the same? Learn through play and discovery while developing cooperative skills. Students will have the opportunity to work together with our vintage sand box, building blocks, kitchen, and piano while demonstrating positive behavior learned from the Leaders in Our Community program.

Name of Program: Lights - Kansas - Action
Grade: 4th
Program: (40 mins) Students bring to life the stories of important Kansans involved in the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case in cooperative groups by acting/reading youth-friendly scripts about their contributions. Students will analyze and evaluate the roles these historic figures played in shaping the way we live today.

Name of Program: The Geography of Segregation Gallery Walk
Grade: 4th
Program: (40 mins) Students will complete journals as they explore the museum’s exhibit galleries. Activities include analysis of a segregation map and participation in a facilitated dialogue about what we can learn from the historic actions of civil rights pathbreakers.

Name of Program: Pioneers of Freedom Tour
Grade: 4th
Program: (All Day) Students tour the Historic Ritchie House and Brown v. Board of Education NHS to learn about the local Kansans who pioneered the struggle for freedom and equality between the 1850s and 1950s. Students will experience all of the 4th grade programs listed above, plus hands-on activities and historical re-enactments from the territorial Kansas era at the Ritchie House. Tour can accommodate multiple buses on a rotation basis. Schedule can be adjusted only slightly to start and end later.

9:00 to 11:00 Historic Ritchie House or Brown v. Board of Education
11:00 to 11:45 Lunch
11:45 to 12:00 Travel to other site
12:00 to 2:00 Brown v. Board of Education or Historic Ritchie House

Name of Program: Is "Separate but Equal" Really Equal? 
Grade: 5th
Program: (40 mins) Students will analyze primary source documents and construct their own arguments from evidence comparing definitions of equality across time. Through dialogue, students will express their own perspectives on the current state of equality in American society, while listening to and building on the ideas of others.

Name of Program: Diverse Expressions of Freedom Gallery Walk
Grade: 5th
Program: (40 mins) Students will complete journals as they explore the museum’s exhibit galleries. Activities include analysis of the various ways people have fought for freedom over time – through education, legal challenges, political office, artistic expression, and protest – as well as a dialogue about how to stand up for what’s right when injustice is confronted.

Name of Program: Spirit of Freedom Tour
Grade: 5th
Program: (All Day) Students tour the Ritchie House and Brown v. Board of Education NHS, tracing the spirit of the American Revolution from our earliest days as a nation through the founding of Kansas as a state, to the Civil Rights era, and into the present. Tour can accommodate multiple buses on a rotation basis and schedule can be only slightly adjusted to start later and end later
9:00 to 11:00 Historic Ritchie House or Brown v. Board of Education
11:00 to 11:45 Lunch
11:45 to 12:00 Travel to other site
12:00 to 2:00 Brown v. Board of Education or Historic Ritchie House

Name of Program: Integration vs. Segregation
Grade: 6th
Program: (40 mins) On a national level, the Brown decision was hailed as a triumph for African American communities. Yet in Topeka, the case was controversial among the teachers and parents of the city’s African American schools. Students will examine primary documents (local newspaper articles from the mid-20th Century) to understand how Brown polarized the local Black community. Students will discuss how the community was united in a desire for their children to succeed in school and society, but divided in their beliefs about the best way to accomplish that goal.

Name of Program: We the People vs. Us and Them Gallery Walk 
Grade: 6th
Program: (40 mins) Students will complete journals as they explore the museum’s exhibit galleries. Activities include analysis of primary sources related to two historic events – the Clark Doll Tests and the integration of Central High School by the Little Rock Nine several years after the Brown decision – that provide perspective into the complicated and ongoing issue of racial dynamics in a country whose founding document proclaims equality for all.

Name of Program: Protecting Our Rights Gallery Walk 
Grade: 7th 
Program: (40 mins) Students will complete journals as they explore the museum’s exhibit galleries. Activities include a guided discovery comparing African American rights and opportunities before the Civil War and after the Brown decision, written reflections on how people have historically chosen to exercise their rights, and the opportunity to compose a poem inspired by the Civil Rights movement.

Name of Program: The Exoduster Journey
Grade: 7th
Program: (40 mins) Students will use primary documents to understand the post-Reconstruction migration of African Americans to the West, with special focus on the community of Nicodemus, KS. Through the use of graphic organizers, students will draw conclusions about the push and pull factors that spurred the exodus, while sharpening their own evaluation and decision-making skills.

Name of Program: Race and the American Creed Film and Dialogue
Grade: 7th
Program: (40 mins) Guided by open-ended questions, students will watch a 25 minute film that traces the history of African American people in the United States from the pre-Revolutionary era to today. After the film, students will engage in reflective writing, and a brief discussion about the many ways African American folks and their allies have fought for, and secured, the freedom and equality promised by America’s founding documents.

Name of Program: Rediscover Freedom's Pathway 
Grade: 7th
Program: (All day) Students tour the Kansas State Capitol, Historic Ritchie House, and Brown vs. Board of Education NHS, engaging in place-based discovery of the Kansas connection to the national issue of slavery in the 1850s and the government processes that contributed to the desegregation of education in the 1950s. Tour can accommodate numerous buses on a rotation basis and will be slightly adjustable to start later and end later.
9:00 to 10:45 First site
10:45 to 11:00 Travel to next rotation site
11:00 to 12:15 Second site
12:15 to 12:45 Lunch
12:45 to 1:00 Travel to last rotation site
1:00 to 2:15 Third site


Name of Program: The Road to Justice
Grade: 8th
Program: (40 mins) Students will participate in an activity to recognize and understand the risks and sacrifices African Americans made when they chose to participate in activities to stop segregation in education and other public facilities. Conversations between students will allow them to reflect, build on others’ ideas, and express their own opinion clearly when asked about the choices, risks and sacrifices they would be willing to make today.

Name of Program: Get Up, Stand Up Gallery Walk 
Grade: 8th
Program: (40-60 mins) Students will complete journals as they explore the museum’s exhibit galleries. Activities include analysis of protest song lyrics from throughout the 20th Century, interrogation of symbolism in a short film about the legacy of the Civil Rights movement, and dialogue about how the fight for Civil Rights has expanded beyond the struggle for African American equality.

Name of Program: Race and the American Creed Film and Dialogue 
Grade: 8th 
Program: (40 mins) Guided by open-ended questions, students will watch a 25 minute film that traces the history of African American people in the United States from the pre-Revolutionary era to today. After the film, students will engage in reflective writing, and a brief discussion about the many ways African American folks and their allies have fought for, and secured, the freedom and equality promised by America’s founding documents.

Name of Program: Building Blocks: An Exercise in Separate but Equal
Grade: High School 
Program: Students will immerse themselves in the park’s re-created 1950s Kindergarten classroom by revisiting their early childhood experience of playing with blocks. In small groups, the students will build an imaginary city, then seek avenues to comply with court orders to segregate their town, causing them to deal with different concepts of social, economic, and structural equality. In turn, they will create their own definition of what it means to be a fully integrated society.

Name of Program: Your Voice Matters 
Grade: High School 
Program: The legacy of the Brown case lives on in today’s education system and beyond. In this program, students will be introduced to issues of de jure (in law) versus de facto (in practice) segregation, various interpretations of the 14th amendment and post-Brown v. Board of Education court cases. Students will use their experiences to voice their own perspectives on different issues of race, equality, and justice. The program is designed to encourage students to look at sensitive issues through multiple perspectives and learn to communicate effectively through civic dialogue with each other

Name of Program: It's Political...Cartoons 
Grade: High School 
Program: Students explore past and current political cartoons on Brown-related subjects such as segregation, education, and racial injustice to analyze how political cartoons embody multiple perspectives on and various interpretation of critical issues.

Name of Program: Cold War Confusion 
Grade: High School 
Program: Students compare US domestic and foreign policy that contradicted America’s international message of freedom and equality abroad while still practicing segregation at home. Students will review propaganda, newspaper articles, and correspondence, then discuss how the Cold War forced the US to address racial issues at home.

Name of Program: Guided Gallery Experience and Monroe School Tour
Grade: High School 
Program: A ranger will guide your students through the permanent galleries and exhibits to highlight turning points in American history from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement. The Monroe School tours will examine the unique features of the former elementary school building to demonstrate how “Separate but Equal” facilities are inherently unequal.

Bushwhacker Museum
212 W. Walnut St. Nevada, MO 64772
Name of Program: Missouri History Day
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier, Missouri Kansas Border War, Enduring Struggle for Freedom
Grade: 4th Grade
Program: As part of its mission to educate local youth about the history of Vernon County, MO the Bushwhacker Museum offers an annual program on the third Thursday of September titled "Missouri History Day". The event is open to all 4th grade students in Vernon County, MO and has included both public, private, and home-schooled children. The day-long program consists of (9) 23 minute sessions starting at 9:00am and ending at 2:00pm with a lunch break around noon. Session topics include first-person portrayals, demonstrations, and hands-on learning about various topics in Missouri History. Recent years' sessions included 19th century African-American and Civil War song, first person portrayals of Confederate women and Union soldiers, prairie ecology, Native American (Osage Tribe) life ways, George Washington Carver National Monument hands-on programs (clothes washing), and a one-room school classroom demonstration.

Name of Program: General Tour
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier, Missouri Kansas Border War, Enduring Struggle for Freedom
Program: Tours are available of the Bushwhacker Museum and historic jail. While at the museum, students may explore the themes of conflict and change through the Civil War and Border War exhibit panels as well as learn about the Osage Indians, early Vernon County settlers, and economic progress with railroads and agriculture. As requested by teachers, museum staff will present short programs about various local history topics such as the Civil War or Native Americans to classroom students.


Carroll Mansion Museum
1128 Fifth Avenue Leavenworth, KS 66048

FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 3rd-6th grade
Contact: E-mail Beverly Lynch at leavenworthhistory@kc.twcbc.com or (913) 682-7759
Program: Costumed volunteers bring the Carroll Home to life as they portray different characters in each room of the home. Students will learn about the mansion and the treasures it holds. Victorian times and local Leavenworth history are also explored in this hour long presentation.

Flint Hills Discovery Center
315 S. 3rd St. Manhattan, KS 66502
Name of Program: Flint Hills Exploration
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: K-2nd Grade
Program: Through interactive stations, students will learn about life in the 19th century prairie, especially for children. While looking through supplies that were taken on a wagon, students will discover the hardships of trail life. They will explore what daily routines were like for children in a time before electricity. They will practice washing clothes the old-fashioned way, play period children's games, and even experience life in a one-room school house. Aligns with Kansas History, Government, and Social Studies Standards.

Name of Program:
Cowboys and Cattle Cars
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 2nd-4th Grade
Program: Once settlers arrived in the Flint Hills after traveling on the trail, what did they do? Many became ranchers or farmers. In this interactive game, discover what you you would do if you had four different locations to choose from and a herd of hungry cattle you were ready to sell. Explore a variety of factors that led to the ranching economy in the Flint Hills and learn how it played a major role in the preservation of this unique region today. Aligns with Kansas History, Government, and Social Studies Standards.

Name of Program:
The Natural Economy
FFNHA theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 5th-8th Grade
Program: Come on in to Kansas! Learn how settlers worked with the unique Flint Hills landscape of un-tillable rocky uplands and rich river bottomlands to establish a life of ranching and farming. In this historical economy game, students will explore opportunities that the Flint Hills offered individuals as they moved west during the 19th century all while deciding which lifestyle strategies to employ. This program will test students' math, history, and economic skills all while teaching valuable lessons in cause and effect. Aligns with Kansas History, Government, and Social Studies Standards.

Name of Program:
Exhibit Exploration
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 3rd-12th Grade
Program: Through interactive scavenger hunts and guided activity sheets, students of all ages will discover the culture of the Flint Hills that settlers established moving west during the 19th century. They will uncover the historical forces of war, cattle ranching, settlement, and rail expansion that created the modern Flint Hills. Exhibits also illustrate the consequences of settlement for other cultures and lifestyles including Indian peoples such as the Kaw Nation. Aligns with Kansas History, Government, and Social Studies Standards.


Fort Osage National Historic Landmark 
Name of Program:
Fort Osage Education Center and Sibley Center
Grade: Upper Elementary (4th and 5th) but can be adjusted
Program: Tour groups typically start in the Fort Osage Education Center. Depending on time, a six or 12 minute orientation video can be shown to the group. A variety of topics can be covered in the education center likewise depending on the needs of the group. Popular programs include a discussion of childhood in the 19th century, medical practices of the 19th century, archaeology, geology (particularly of the Missouri River Valley), river transportation, the Osage, Lewis and Clark, and the fur trade. A popular program follows the creation of the State of Missouri following the 1808 Osage Treaty signed at Fort Osage, and then follows through the life of an early settler family that settled near Fort Osage in the 1850s. This program is followed up by a visit to the adjacent Sibley Cemetery where the group can see the final resting place of this family, among other interesting burials in the cemetery. A discussion about interpreting 19th century demographics from historic cemeteries and understanding gravestone symbolism follows. 

Name of Program: Reconstructed Fort Osage
Grade: Upper Elementary (4th and 5th) but can be adjusted
Program: 
After a one hour visit to the education center and cemetery, school groups get a short restroom break and then proceed to the reconstructed Fort Osage. Interpreters in the fort present a variety of programs and activities depending on season, requests by group leaders, or to meet grade-level curriculum. Popular programs include learning about the daily life of Fort Osage soldiers, and the students are taught the basics of military drill and marching. A flag-raising activity is also often used during this program. In the factory, or Indian Trade House, an interpreter illustrates how the local Native Americans were incorporated into the global economy through the fur trade at Fort Osage. Displays and hands-on activities are part of this program. The finale of the Fort Osage program usually consists of a demonstration of how a solider is drilled to load and fire a musket, followed by an actually firing of the gun. 



Fort Scott National Historic Site
Market, Fort Scott, KS 66701
Name of Program: Life on the Frontier
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grades: K-4
Program: “Life on the Frontier" is an educational program open to grades K-4. The goals of this program are to teach students about Fort Scott's role in our nation's history and to expose them to what life may have been like on the frontier in the 1840s. The program is held on selected dates in May and can accommodate up to 600 students in one day. Students are given an introduction to the site and then rotate between seven stations. Each station lasts about fifteen minutes, with the total program length being two hours and fifteen minutes.

At the living history stations, interpreters (who are high school students) dress in period costume and portray different types of people that would have lived at the fort in the 1840s. Each interpreter gives a presentation that helps the students discover what life was like at Fort Scott.

One of the goals of these stations is to actively involve the students in the presentation. It is strongly encouraged that interpreters who give education programs seek creative ways to do so. Role-playing, hands-on demonstrations, singing, even asking more questions are all ways to get students involved.

This program aligns with Freedoms Frontier goal of shaping the frontier because it tells the story of the Fort Scott community in the 1840s.


Name of Program: Sweep Through History
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier, Missouri-Kansas Border Wars, Struggles for Freedom
Grades-4-8
Program: This program is designed for grades 4-8. The purpose of this program is to acquaint the students with life at Fort Scott during the primary eras during the site's history: Westward Expansion, Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War. Interpreters in period dress stationed at different locations will give presentations focusing on an aspect of life at Fort Scott from one of these eras.
The program consists of an introduction to the site's history, and three stations; each station representing a different era of the site's history. At each station, the students will engage in activities relating to different aspects of life at Fort Scott during the mid-nineteenth century. Programs given in the past include a Trail of Tears program where students reenact the journey taken westward by the Cherokee, a Bleeding Kansas program in which students stage scenes of events that took place at Fort Scott in the 1850s, and a Civil War Medical program where students become patients in the hospital.
This program aligns with all three of Freedom’s Frontier goals because it spans three eras-Westward Expansion (Shaping the Frontier) Bleeding Kansas (Border Wars) and the American Civil War. (Struggle for Freedom)

Geary County Historical Society 
530 N. Adams, Junction City, KS

FFNHA Theme:
Shaping the Frontier
Name of Program: Spring Valley Historic Site 
Grade: 1-5
Some of the highlights of our Spring Valley site include the Spring Valley one room school house. The school district was started in 1871 and the present building constructed in 1873. This school was in use until 1958. When it closed it was the only rural school in Geary County that did not have running water or indoor toilets. Today the schoolhouse hosts classes that would like to take a step back in time and experience what it was like to attend a one room schoolhouse. Another point of interest at Spring Valley is the Wetzel cabin which was built in 1857. The Wetzel cabin played an important role in the history of the Lutheran church in Kansas, as it was the location of the first Lutheran service in the state on August 17th, 1861. It is also the founding place of the Lutheran Church-Missouri synod. The little cabin lets students experience what it was like to live in a log cabin. It is a great learning environment to discuss needs vs. wants or experience our “Coming to Kansas” program. Programs focus on pioneer families settling Davis/ Geary County in the 1860’s and the hardships they endured as they built a community. These programs focus on history state standards for grades 1-5.

Name of Program: Geary County Historical Society 
Grade: 1-5 
Visit the Geary County Historical Society at 530 N Adams, Junction City Ks. Our museum has 3 floors of exhibits exploring the history of the county. Take a walk down Main Street and learn about the industries and people that built Junction City. Visit the print shop and decide if you have what it takes to be a “printer’s devil”. Stop in at Grandma’s Kitchen to compare your modern kitchen with how she cooked. School is in session in our one room school house. Sit down and do a lesson with the schoolmarm. There are so many things to do and see at the museum! Contact the Geary County Historical Society, 785-238-1666 to develop a school tour that fits your needs. Programs focus on the 1900’s as Geary County establishes itself as a growing community in the increasingly modern world. These programs focus on history state standards for grades 1-5.

Harris-Kearney House- Westport Historical Society
4000 Baltimore Kansas City, MO 64111

FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 5th-6th Grade
Contact: Shari (816) 561-1821 or westporthistorical@gmail.com
Program: This program is designed to enhance the understanding of the movement and inspire thinking skills in the use of the material and hands on experience. This two day program includes: suggested age appropriate reading selections geared to the Oregon Trail, California Trail, and the Santa Fe Trail, an outline of the reasons for, the hardships of, the effects of, the local importance of, and the end results of the Westward Expansion, with in-depth discussion, a field trip to experience first hand the lifestyle of historic local figures associated with Westport and the importance of Westport to the Westward Expansion, and hands on activities at the museum to promote a better understanding of the life and times of the historic era in relationship to life today. This program will augment the class studies and help the student understand history from many points of view. This program utilizes thinking skills to explore and understand the information.

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
500 W US Hwy 24, Independence, MO 64050
FFNHA Theme:
Enduring Struggle for Freedom
Grade: 3-12
Contact: (816) 268-8221
Program: Museum Tours allow the students to explore a replica of Trman's Oval Office, the Presidential Years Exhibition, interactive decision theaters, hands on activities in Truman's Life and Times Exhibit, the grave sites of the President and Mrs. Truman and much more. Fees include full museum access, curriculum guide and 1 complimentary adult admission for every 10 students. 

Grade: Pre-K-12
Conatct: mark.adams@nara.gov
Program:Truman Footlocker: Explore the life and presidency of Harry S. Truman through artifact replicas and primary documents. Trumans "Buck Stops Here" desk sign, diary entries and a "Dewey Defeats Truman!" newspaper are just a few of the treasures your students will explore. Elementary students explore Truman's character contributions as a "citizen president". Secondary students explore his political career and presidential legacy. Footlockers and teaching guides are available for 2 week rentals. 

Grade: 6-12
Contact: 816-268-8241 or angela.estep@nara.gov
Program: The White House Decision Center: A unique venue for experiential and collaborative learning. Set in a recreated West Wing, The White House Decision Center challenges students to step into the roles of President Truman and his advisors to tackle some of the greatest challenges ever faced by a world leader: ending World War II; Addressing Postwar Civil Rights in the US Armed Forces; Reacting to the Soviet Blockade of Berlin; Addressing the End of the British Mandate in Palestine and Responding to the communist Invasion of South Korea. Space can accommodate 64 students per session. Scholarships available for qualifying schools. 


Historic Lecompton (Constitution Hall and the Territorial Capital Museum)
319 Elmore St, Lecompton, KS 66050
FFNHA Theme: Missouri Kansas Border War
Grade: Program addresses grade specific standards for middle school students (but applicable for all elementary and high school grade levels) and provides material to help teachers fulfill those standards.
Contact: Constitution Hall (785) 887-6520 or Territorial Capital/Lane Museum (785) 887-6148
Program: For this "Bleeding Kansas" play reenactment by the Lecompton Reenactors, your students will travel back in time to meet some of the territorial characters of the Kansas territorial period in a simulated political town hall meeting in Historic Lecompton. The one-hour performance portion of the tour is set in an 1850s Kansas territorial political town hall meeting. Actors from the Lecompton Reenactors troupe will portray some of the famous Kansans from that turbulent time period known as "Bleeding Kansas." Join free state Governor Charles Robinson and his wife Sara Robinson, radical free state leader Jim Lane, abolitionist John Brown, women's rights advocates Clarina Nichols and Louise Brown, Sheriff Samuel Jones, Senator David Atchison, Governor Andrew Reeder, proslavery editor John Stringfellow, border ruffian Felix Castor, Pottawatomie Creek Massacre widows Mahala Doyle and Louisa Jane Wilkinson, Wakarusa War widow Matilda Barber, among others as they passionately express their feeling on the issue of slavery in Kansas, both pro and con. The program also includes a visit to Constitution Hall State Historic Site, the Territorial Capital/Lane Museum and Democratic Headquarters. Pre-visit materials are also provided. Aligned with Kansas Standards.

Historic Mt. Gilead School
15918 Plattsburd Rd. Kearney, MO 64060 (physical)
21216 James Farm Rd. Kearney, MO 64060 (administrative)

FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Contact: historicsites@claycountymo.gov or (816) 736-8500
Program: Students experience history in a one-room school house. A teacher in period costume instructs the class in late 1880s style with McGuffey readers. Pupils practice penmanship and perform arithmetic problems using slates. The four-hour program accommodates up to 30 students and complements required school curriculum. This popular field trip requires advance reservations.

Historic Ritchie House and the Cox Communications Heritage Education Center
1116 and 1118 SE Madison Street, Topeka, KS

Contact: http://historicritchiehouse.wixsite.com/historicritchiehouse  
FFNHA Theme: Enduring Struggle for Freedom
Name of Program: Rediscover Freedom's Pathway 
Grade: 7th

Program: Through an all-day field trip experience to the Kansas State Capitol, Historic Ritchie House and the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site, students will be able to explain the connection of events involving the meaning of freedom that took place in Topeka, Kansas. They will discover the history that has covered a 100-year span involving the struggles against slavery in the 1850s, the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and how those conflicts were played out in the chambers of the Kansas Capitol that ultimately effected Kansas and the United States.  Approximate time for this

all-day field trip: 9:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

 

Name of Program: Pioneers of Freedom
Grade:4th

Program:  Students tour the Historic Ritchie House and Brown v. Board of Education NHS to learn about the local Kansans who pioneered the struggle for freedom and equality between the 1850s and 1950s. Students will experience all of the 4th grade programs listed on the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site section of this page, plus hands-on activities and historical re-enactments from the territorial Kansas era at the Ritchie House. Approximate time for this all-day

field trip: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

 

Name of Program: Spirit of Freedom Tour
Grade: 5th

Program:  Students tour the Ritchie House and Brown v. Board of Education NHS, tracing the spirit of the American Revolution from our earliest days as a nation through the founding of Kansas as a state, to the Civil Rights era, and into the present. Approximate time for this all-day field trip: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.          

 


Jesse James Bank Museum
103 N. Water St. Liberty, MO 64068

FFNHA Theme: Missouri Kansas Border War
Contact: museum@claycountymo.gov
Program: Students see the bank as it was in 1866, when it was robbed by the James-Younger Gang. Period furnishings fill the room and one becomes immersed in the story of the robbery as told by the bank teller. As you peer into the original green vault you can imagine the fear felt by the two bank tellers, forced to hide inside it. Many photographs and other documents on display tell the story of the robbery, and the James-Younger gang.

Jesse James Farm and Museum
21216 James Farm Rd. Kearney, MO 64060

FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier, Missouri Kansas Border War
Contact: historicsites@claycountymo.gov or (816) 736-8500
Program: A twenty minute movie recaps the history of Frank and Jesse James and the exploits of the outlaws. They museum displays the world's largest collection of James family artifacts. Highlights include Jesse's boots and Frank's surrender letter. Students then follow the paved trail to the farmhouse and walk along the creek where, as young boys, Frank and Jesse spent much of their time playing. A tour through the restored home will take students back to where the legend began. In the yard of the family home is Jesse's original burial site, the place where his mother once sold souvenir rocks from his grave for twenty five cents.

Kansas Museum of History 
6435 SW 6th Avenue Topeka, KS 
Name of Program: Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War 
FFNHA Theme: Missouri Kansas Border War 
Grade: 5th-8th 
Program
This tour introduces students to the action in Kansas during the Territorial Era (1854-1861) and the roles that Kansans played during the Civil War.  A museum docent leads students through the Territorial Kansas and Civil War sections of the permanent gallery, providing stories and insight about the people who lived in Kansas during these turbulent years and the objects on display.  Students then go to the museum classroom to inspect reproduction artifacts and determine which Kansas residents of the time period would have used them. Cost per student including museum admission: $3 One adult enters free for every 10 students. Additional adults pay the student rate. Length of tour:  approximately one hour.

Name of Program: American Indian Homes in Kansas
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 1st
Program
How did people build their homes long ago without a Home Depot or lumberyard? Students will learn how Kansas Indians built shelters using only the natural resources found on the prairie. They will explore the museum gallery comparing and contrasting the construction techniques of a full-size Cheyenne tipi, a Wichita grass lodge and a model of a Pawnee earth lodge. At the end of the tour students will get to set up a tipi, go inside and "step into the past." This tour addresses grade specific history and reading standards and provides pre- and post-visit materials to help teachers meet those standards. Included within these materials is Read Kansas! "American Indian Homes in Kansas" lesson. Teachers might also be interested in either of these educational resource trunks -  Indian Homes in Kansas or Uses of the BuffaloCost per student including Museum admission: $4. One adult enters free for every 10 students. Additional adults pay the student rate. Length of tour: approximately 75 minutes.

Name of Program: Wichita: People of the Grass Lodge
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier 
Grade: 1st 
Program: E
xperience the traditions of the Wichita Indians with a full scale replica of a grass lodge. The Wichita: People of the Grass Lodge tour provides students with an understanding of the culture of a Native American Indian group from Kansas.  The tour emphasizes the role of the prairie environment in determining how the Wichita met their basic needs of food, shelter and clothing.  Students grind corn on a stone ‘matate,’ spend hands-on time exploring reproduction artifacts and visit the museum gallery to see three major exhibits featuring a prairie diorama, a buffalo-hide tipi, and a full-size Wichita grass lodge. Teachers might also be interested in this Read Kansas! lesson "American Indian Homes in Kansas" or either of these educational resource trunks -  "Indian Homes in Kansas"  or "Uses of the Buffalo" as an extension to this guided tour. Cost per student including museum admission: $3.  One adult enters free for every 10 students.  Additional adults pay the student rate. Length of tour: approximately one hour, with a maximum of two tours per hour.

Name of Program: Lucy Goes to Oregon
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier 
Grade: preK-2nd, ages 4-8
Program: 
The museum’s youngest visitors are introduced to life on the Oregon Trail through this interactive tour.  Groups listen to a short story about a little girl, Lucy, who travels to Oregon with her family, then they see and touch some of the things families brought with them on their adventure.  Children then pack a small covered wagon with necessary supplies for the journey before visiting the full-size covered wagon in the museum gallery.  Cost per student including museum admission: $3. One adult enters free for every 10 students.  Additional adults pay the student rate. Length of tour:Approximately 45 minutes.

Name of Program: Oregon or Bust!
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier 
Grade: 4th
Program:W
hat would you have taken as a pioneer on the California-Oregon Trail? This is your students' chance to find out first hand. Students on the Oregon or Bust! tour are assigned to actual families who traveled the Oregon-California Trail. They must calculate what to pack for their journey and then load their wagons with supplies. Red wagons with canvas tops and model-size boxes and bags simulate the experience.  At the Kansas Museum of History students will explore the museum gallery, and then hit the (nature) trail. At stops along the way students learn about life on the California-Oregon Trail through primary source cards. They will gain or lose points based upon their group's skill in packing and preparedness. Will all groups make it? Only those families with the required amount of points can claim victory and begin their new life out West. This tour addresses Kansas grade specific standards. Teachers will receive pre- and post-visit materials to help prepare the students for the adventure. In the pre-visit materials is a lesson about the six families who actually traveled the trail.  Also included are two Read Kansas! lessons--I-6 "Trade and Travel on Overland Trails" and I-7 "Life on the Trails". These lessons not only compare the Santa Fe Trail to the Oregon Trail but also give the students an opportunity to read primary source materials about two children who traveled the trails. The post-visit assessment piece involves journal writing. Note: This tour is designed to take place in the Kansas Museum of History and on the Historical Society nature trail which sits on the actual Trail. In inclement weather the tour will be conducted entirely within the museum facility. Cost per student including museum admission: $4. One adult enters free for every 10 students.  Additional adults pay the student rate. Length of tour: approximately seventy-five minutes.


Name of Program: Westward Ho!
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 4th
Program
During the mid-1800s, thousands of families traveled through Kansas in covered wagons. Most were heading west in search of land, gold, or a more healthful climate in which to settle. This tour invites students to learn about the history of westward expansion, focusing on experiences from the Santa Fe and Oregon-California trails.  The tour visits the Trails portion of the gallery, where students see the full-size covered wagon, the prairie diorama, and exhibits about the items families used on the Oregon Trail and the goods transported on the Santa Fe Trail.  In the hands-on museum classroom, students see reproductions of items used and carried on the trails and try on clothes that would have been worn by 19th century travelers. Teachers may also be interested in two Read Kansas! lessons--I-6 "Trade and Travel on Overland Trails" and I-7 "Life on the Trails" to extend this guided tour. Cost per student including museum admission: $3. One adult enters free for every 10 students.  Additional adults pay the student rate. Length of tour: approximately one hour.


Kansas State Capitol
8th Avenue between Harrison and Van Buren Topeka, KS 66612

Name of Program: Historic Tours
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier, Border War, Enduring Struggle for Freedom  
First floor highlights include murals by David H. Overmyer, plus the ornate stenciling in the rotunda, and a view up toward the inner dome. Features on this floor include murals by John Steuart Curry, the well known Tragic Prelude and Kansas Pastoral. Murals by Lumen Martin Winter are located in the rotunda, as are the four statues by Peter Felten, Jr. The ceremonial governor's office is one of the highlights of the tour. The spectacular Senate Chamber in the east wing and Representative Hall in the west wing are important tour stops. The ornate Old Kansas Supreme Court in the south wing and State Library of Kansas in the north wing are equally impressive. The east and west wing galleries offer a great view of the two beautiful spaces. The dome murals by Abner Crossman can be viewed from fifth floor.

Kansas Riverkings Museum
8 E. 6th Street. Lawrence, KS  66044
Contact: Barbara Higgins-Dover (785)-393-9525
FFNHA Theme: 
Shaping the Frontier, Enduring Struggle for Freedom
Grade: K-12th Grade

Program: 

Here at the Kansas Riverkings Museum we tell the stories of the men who fished commercially on the Kansas River from 1870-1970! The stories begin with the first of these men, Jake Washington, a free slave born in Missouri 1849.  After making his way to Lawrence Kansas (approximately 1870), he set up business by building a small fishing cabin on the water just below the museum location. Here he would spend the next thirty years of his life fighting the changing laws that governed the practice of his trade. Others of Washington’s generation struggled with the same challenges and became river outlaws who were incarcerated time and time again. 

 While at the Riverkings Museum, visitors will also watch a short video clip of 20th century riverkings and visit the overlook spot where the first cabin appeared.  A visit to the Kansas Riverkings Museum will introduce learners to Kansas history, the reconstruction period following the Civil War, and socio-economic differences in community. 




Lanesfield Historic Site
18745 S. Dillie Road. Edgerton, KS 66021

Contact: jcmuseum@jocogov.org or (913) 715-2550
Name of Program: Living History 
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier, Missouri Kansas Border War
Grade: 4-6
Program: Students experience a day in the life of a child in a one-room schoolhouse. The Lanesfield School was built in 1869. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is restored to its 1904 appearance. Students will practice penmanship, spelling, reading, math, and Kansas geography skills with a costumed teacher, learn about the Battle of Bull Creek which was fought nearby, and imagine wagon trains traveling on the Santa Fe Trail past the school as they once did. This is a four-hour program and accommodates up to 30 students and complements required school curriculum. Call for reservations.

Name of Program: Farm Family 
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier 
Grade: Pre-K-3
Program: Students learn about farm life, do chores including making real butter, and experience a portion of a day in the life of a child in a one-room schoolhouse with a costumed teacher. The Lanesfield School was built in 1869. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is restored to its 1904 appearance. This is a two-hour program and accommodates up to 60 students and complements required school curriculum. Call for reservations.


Lawrence Field Trip Guide (PDF)
Curriculum Connections: Experience Lawrence, Kansas
The Dole Institute of Politics, Watkins Museum of History, and the Kansas Riverkings Museum - all located in Lawrence, Kansas - created this programming guide aligning to state standards for grades 4 and 7. Click on the PDF to read the guide for more information about the free programs.


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site
1200 E. Kansas City Rd. Olathe, KS 66061
Contact: Katie Lange (913) 971-5504 or www.mahaffie.org/educators
All programs are aligned with Missouri and Kansas State Standards and are filled with hands-on activities to get your students engaged in active learning. Book one program for a morning or afternoon, or book two and stay all day! Weather and grounds permitting, students in all programs ride in a real stagecoach!

Name of Program: Growing Up Victorian
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: K-2nd Grade
Program: In this program packed with hands-on activities, students make comparisons between their lives and the lives of children in the mid-1800s as they help with farm chores, play period games and take a stagecoach ride.

Name of Program: Wagon's HO
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 3rd-8th Grade
Program: Thousands of people passed the Mahaffie home on their journey to Santa Fe, Oregon, and California. Students discover why- and how- so many Americans headed west as they pan for 'gold', and explore a real prairie schooner packed for the Oregon Trail among other activities.

Name of Program: JB Mahaffie Had a Farm
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 3rd-8th Grade
Program: Students experience life on a real, working farm of the 1860s and 1870s. Depending on the season, students may cut firewood, help with planting or harvesting, learn about the animals and visit the blacksmith shop to find out how Kansas farming and foods have changed in the last 150 years.

Name of Program: Home on the Range
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 3rd-8th Grade
Program: Students explore the lives of drovers--cowboys- who traversed the Kansas frontier with herds of Texas cattle after the Civil War. They will learn this all-American job originated in Mexico and the Southwest as they handle cowboy gear and clothing, throw a lariat and use a branding iron. Can also travel to schools.

Name of Program: The Tragic Prelude
FFNHA Theme: Missouri Kansas Border War, Shaping the Frontier, Enduring Struggle for Freedom
Grade: 5th-8th Grade
Program: The Mahaffie family moved to Kansas in 1857, in the days of "Bleeding Kansas" and the middle of the Missouri/Kansas Border War fighting that led into the American Civil War. Marching and drilling, writing letters home with a real ink pen, learning how to fire a cannon, and other activities introduce students to the lives of soldiers and civilians on both sides of these conflicts. Can also travel to schools.

Old Depot Museum
135 West Tecumseh Street Ottawa, Kansas 66067
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 4th
Contact: Susan Geiss at (785) 242-1232 or geiss@olddepotmuseum.org
Program: Fourth graders are invited to experience a school day as it would have been experienced by children a hundred years ago, when rural Franklin County children walked or rode to their nearest one-room school. The experience includes not only classroom instruction but also deepening the understanding about how children dressed, ate, and behaved during the school day one hundred years ago. Our visitors bring their cold lunches in lunch pails and dress in pinafores or suspenders. Their instruction includes reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and time-period-appropriate lessons in reading, math, penmanship, music, and recess. Students will experience dipping pens in inkwells and writing on slates. They will develop an understanding of what it was like to be a child in the years leading up to WWI, when many in Franklin County still remembered the Civil War and yet were adapting to a new century.

Poplar Heights Farm 
208 North Delaware
Butler, MO 64730

FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier 
Grade: 1st through 6th 
Contact: Gail at 660-200-5620
Program: The School Days Program at Poplar Heights Farm in Butler, MO for 1st through 6th graders in public, private, or homeschooled children. Students will experience 1890's pioneer farm life with various hands on stations. Washboard laundry, food preservation, candle dipping, 2-man sawing, panning for gems, paper making, children's games, rag doll making, wagon rides, and much more. 

Pony Express National Museum
914 Penn Street St. Joseph, MO 64503
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier, Missouri Kansas Border War
Grade: 3rd-4th Grade targeted for MO history and history of Pony Express. Any age group for guided tour through museum and/or Pony School.
Contact: (816) 279-5059
Program: The guided tour can be tailored to fit the appropriate age of any tour group. The children also watch the video, "The Legend Begins." Through the video, guide, and interpretation we show authentic artifacts, hands on learning and fun for all ages. We find out from teacher surveys how much the children enjoy the video and tour. There are many exciting, educational, state-of-the-art exhibits conveying the need, creation, operation and termination of the Pony Express. The many exhibits include a full size oxen and wagon, 1860s coin collection, blacksmith shop, and harness and tack room. You'll walk along our 60-foot interactive diorama, depicting the diverse terrain of the route and be invited inside a historically accurate relay station. There is also an 1860s replica one-room schoolhouse depicting the life, lessons learned and the enduring struggles for people of that time period. The newest exhibit, which will be on display from October 2014 to December 2016, "Buffalo Bill in Saint Joseph," displays original and authentic objects from Buffalo Bill's personal and professional life. The museum promotes the story of the Pony Express and how it related to shaping the frontier and the Missouri Kansas border war to a younger audience explaining the importance of communication to California during the Civil War and telling the audience how the Pony Express and its trail was a vital artery for pioneers going west as well as for the famous riders who were delivering the mail in only 10 days.

Remington Nature Center
1502 MacArthur Drive St. Joseph, MO 64505
Name of Program: Creepy Crawly Creatures
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: preK-6th grade
Program: This program shows kids up-close and hands-on examples of insects, snakes, bugs, and other creatures. Each child will make a "Silly Snake" to take home

Name of Program: It's for the Birds
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: preK-6th grade
Program: We're going in-dept about birds as we examine everything about them, including showing examples of feathers, eggs, and nests. We'll be playing a game to test your bird knowledge, and making a treat for outdoor birds.

Name of Program: Animals and You
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: preK-6th grade
Program: We're examining Missouri animals, from their pelts to their prints! See a variety of animal fur up close, including a red fox, skunk, and groundhog. Learn about various Missouri animals as we discuss wildlife. We will also be creating animal tracks for each child to take home.

Name of Program: Bead Bonanza
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 1st-8th Grade
Program: What does the word "barter" mean? We will explore the meaning and learn how the lives of Native Americans changed as trade was introduced. See authentic examples of trade items, as well as animal pelts and artifacts. We'll even do some bartering of our own, and make beaded necklaces to take home.

Name of Program: Let's Talk Tornadoes
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 3rd-8th Grade
Program: Learn safety tips for tornado season and test your knowledge as we play a quiz game on severe weather safety. We will also make a tornado each child can take home.

Name of Program: Recreation Education
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Program: Let us educate and exercise your group for a day! Tour the Remington Nature Center and do a scavenger hunt, enjoy an educational program with the Nature Center staff, lunch provided, and recreational ice skating.

Name of Program: Native Americans of Northwest Missouri
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier, Enduring Struggle for Freedom
Grade: 4th Grade and Up
Program: Learn about Native Americans in a unique and hands-on manner as you see examples of Native American artifacts. Learn about the tools and lifestyles of these early people who inhabited this area thousands of years ago.

Name of Program: Mock Archaeological Dig
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier, Enduring Struggle for Freedom
Grade: 2nd-9th Grade
Program: Interested in archaeology? Want to learn more about what archaeologists do, what they might find? Participate in a mock dig where we simulate an archaeological site. Your group will find and take home authentic Native American artifacts that were unearthed here in the Midwest. Each participant will also get to keep their site flag, and will receive a certificate of participation.

Name of Program: Scavenger Hunt
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: all ages
Program: These are available for any group, and are complimentary if mentioned upon booking. To keep your group focused while visiting the nature center, a scavenger hunt is a fun and educational way to see our exhibits. We offer picture scavenger hunts for our littlest learners, to more challenging hunts appropriate for adults and seniors, and all ages in between. We even provide the writing utensils.

Name of Program: Show'N'Tell
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: All Ages
Program: What kind of fish are in the aquarium? Where did the mammoth come from? The answer to these questions, and more, will be answered by our staff. You'll also see some items that are not on display, including things your group can touch and feel, such as real animal pelts or a mammoth tooth. Everyone will also receive a Remington Nature Center logo item to take home.


Richard Allen Cultural Center and Museum
412 Kiowa Street Leavenworth, KS 66048
FFNHA Theme: Missouri and Kansas Border War, Enduring Struggle for Freedom, Shaping the Frontier
Grade: K-12th grades
Contact: Edna Wagner mrsednawagner@gmail.com or (913) 682-8772
Program: Since the inception of the Richard Allen Cultural Center & Museum in 1992 we have continued to provide tours of the museum to a variety of groups in and out of Leavenworth. The museum consists of rich history of the Underground Railroad, African-Americans in the Midwest especially as it relates to Leavenworth and the army installation at Fort Leavenworth. The center and museum also offers an after-school tutoring program for students in K-12 grades.

Riley County Historical Museum
2309 Claflin Rd. Manhattan, KS 66502
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: K-12th grades
Program: The Riley County Historical Museum offers guided tours for students of its standing exhibits, the Goodnow House State Historic Site, and the Hartford House. While visiting the museum, students will have an opportunity to learn about the Riley County pioneers who helped shape the Kansas frontier. Visits include a tour of the Goodnow House, an 1861 home owned by ardent abolitionists Isaac and Ellen Goodnow. The Goodnows migrated to Kansas in 1855 to help establish Kansas as a free state. Isaac also helped found the community that became Manhattan and the college that became Kansas State University. Tours of the Hartford House, one of ten to fourteen prefabricated houses brought on the steamboat Hartford to Manhattan in 1855, provide students a hands-on experience of pioneer life in territorial Kansas. Kansas pioneer Julia Lovejoy kept a diary account while living in one of the Hartford houses in Manhattan in 1856. Optional programming for 7th grade students during tour visits includes "Voter Fraud on the Kansas Frontier," a classroom activity allows students to read and analyze primary sources while participating in a mock election to help students understand historical issues in Kansas during its territorial period.


Shawnee Town 1929 Museum
11501 W. 57th St. Shawnee, KS 66203
Name of Program: To Market
FFNHA Theme: Enduring Struggle for Freedom
Grade: 1st-3rd grade
Program: Centers on the farmstead where students plant seeds or dig up sweet potatoes (seasonally-based), wash clothes with a washboard, learn about our roosters and their hens, prepare vegetables for market, learn the biology of plants from seed to market to table, decipher what is a "what" and what is a "need" and dance the Charleston played on our farmhouse's Victrola. This program aligns with the Enduring Struggle for Freedom FFNHA theme. While the Shawnee Native Americans were still here and after they left for Oklahoma, the small community was primarily "peopled" by first and second generation Belgians and Germans. These people left their countries to seek new opportunities in the New World in the Midwest where they heard the soil was excellent for raising their crops. They struggled in the Old Country to make their way in overpopulated lands owned by every family's first son. They struggled in this country to start over from scratch- coming with the clothes on their backs and possibly one or two family heirlooms. They fought grasshoppers, tornadoes, crop failure through drought, and prejudice against foreigners. They struggled and they won. Many descendants of those immigrants still call Shawnee home. This is not just their story. It is ours. Aligns with Missouri and Kansas Curriculum Standards.

Name of Program: Life Then and Now
FFNHA Theme: Enduring Struggle for Freedom
Grade: 3rd-5th grade
Program: This program will teach the students what life was like in the 1920s. History Detectives allows students to explore actual 1920s artifacts reflecting inventions, communication, travel, work, leisure and popular culture. In Life Down on the Farm, students will tour our farmhouse and compare and contrast their own homes, conveniences, amusements and chores with like 90 years ago. Our Melting Pot will involve them in what it was like to immigrate to America. Through a pre-visit activity, they will share their family's immigrant story when they visit Shawnee Town. Aligns with Missouri and Kansas Curriculum Standards.

Name of Program: Our Town
FFNHA Theme: Enduring Struggle for Freedom
Grade: 3rd-5th grade
Program: This program has 4 activities which take the students around the town and to the schoolhouse. The four buildings they will be visiting are accurate representations of what small town life was like in 1920's America. Everyone met at Bousman Barber Shop in Shawnee to hear the gossip, get a haircut or shave and maybe even get their shoes shined. Typewriters from across the region ended up at Mr. Yotz's Typewriter Repair Shop for a check-up and thorough cleaning. Three students will compare and contrast what it was like to communicate the same message by long hand, a typewriter and a laptop. Crime and punishment await them at the Shawnee City Jail where they'll discover that crime was sometimes a very different story in the 1920s and how the brand new worlds of movies and automobiles affected it. The one-room Schoolhouse offers students many compare and contrast lessons with an opportunity for reading and reciting a poem used in classrooms in the 1920s. Aligns with Missouri and Kansas Curriculum Standards

St. Joseph Museum
3406 Frederick Ave. Saint Joseph, MO
Name of Program: The Civil War Medicine Exhibit
FFNHA Theme: Missouri-Kansas Border War and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom
Grade: 6th grade and above
Program: The exhibit highlights the techniques used to treat soldiers injured in battle as well as typical care for civilians during the Civil War Era. The medical advances that were made as a result of caring for soldiers and the general population as a          result of the Civil War are also included. The curator of collections provides tours for educational groups that includes                showing items that can be hands on. Students can enter a reproduction of the type of tent that would have been used by            two enlisted men and have the chance to try a bit of camp for themselves.

Name of Program: The American Indian Collection
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom
Grade: K-12th grade
Program: This museum within a museum, highlights this extensive collection of items, providing insight into what life was like for American Indians in the years before settlement and the influence Europeans had on their cultures. The curator of collections provides a hands on exploration of items from 10 cultural regions as well as a tour of the American Indian Galleries.

Tonganoxie Community Historical Society

201 W Washington St, Tonganoxie, KS 66086
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 3rd
Contact: plw1673q@embarqmail.com or krisroberts85@gmail.com
Program: Students discover local history through introductions to Native American lifestyles, tools used by early farmers and experience a one- room schoolhouse along with games that were common in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  In the museum, the students learn about feeding and milking cows; the progressive farming methods of Frank Fairchild who started the farm in 1884 with 40 acres and 15 cows. In the hay barn, the children are brought into three dioramas that introduce
the tools used in the home, the barn, and the fields. Students are also introduced to the Kanza tribe, this session is a blend of culture, artifacts, and practical skills needed to live on the land in the days before roads,houses, and stores. The school house on the historical site was built in 1916,after a fire destroyed the original 1869 building in 1915.  Focus is made on the daily life of the students – how they got to school, what they ate, how the school was heated, and what happened at recess. The sessions blend hands-on activities with docent-led stories and question-answer interactions.  
Time on site: 2 hours 10 minutes. Five 20 minute sessions; five travel times of 5 minutes; 5 minute introduction.


Watkins Museum of History
1047 Massachusetts St. Lawrence, KS 66044
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier, Enduring Struggle for Freedom, Missouri and Kansas Border War
Grade: All Grade levels
Contact: Abby Magariel amagariel@watkinsmuseum.org
Program: Explore the history of Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas from the settlement of Kansas Territory, to life for Native Americans in Lawrence, and the Civil Rights movement of the 20th century at the Watkins. Scavenger hunts for elementary, middle school, and high school students are available for self-guided museum tours. Guided walking tours of downtown Lawrence delve into the dramatic story of Quantrill's Raid. The Maggie Herrington's Lawrence hands-on history program fulfills educational standards for 3rd and 4th grades. Admission to the museum is free; nominal per-student fees for some programs.

Wornall House Museum
6115 Wornall Road. Kansas City, MO 64113

FFNHA Theme: Missouri Kansas Border War, Enduring Struggle for Freedom, Shaping the Frontier
Grade: K-12th grades
Program: A visit to the John Wornall House Museum is the perfect way to enhance curriculum on Kansas City history, the Civil War, Border Wars, slavery, women's history, and more. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers help students get a first-hand look at life in the 1850s and 1860s. Trips include a one-hour tour of the Wornall house tailored to your age group with additional add-on activities available, including a visit from a Civil War soldier and traditional crafts. Students can also walk through a historically-accurate herb garden (available seasonally).

Wyeth-Tootle Mansion
1100 Charles Street St. Joseph, MO
FFNHA Theme: Shaping the Frontier
Grade: 4th grade and above

Program: William and Eliza Wyeth moved to St. Joseph in 1859 and established a hardware manufacturing company. As a wholesale operation, the W.M. Wyeth & Co. had traveling salesmen that would sell to mercantile stores that were in outposts and frontier towns in the developing west. As one of the largest wholesale operations for its time, the Wyeth Company sold saddles, tack, hardware, silverware, guns, and ammunition among the other items. Many of these items were actually made in St. Joseph. Early on, William built a strong retail business selling goods to soldiers and sympathizers loyal to both sides during the way. Their story is told at the mansion they built. The curator of collections provides tours of the Mansion and gives a trunk program that allows students access to the type of items that pioneers often purchased from Wyeth-Hardware.

 

American Jazz Museum

1616 E 18 St, Kansas City, MO 64108

FFNHA Theme: Enduring Struggle for Freedom 

Grade: Designed to Work with Teachers Curricula and Needs
Program: Students are introduced to the museum with a 20min film about 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District. Next, the students enjoy a 30min to 45min presentation about four Jazz Masters housed at the American Jazz Museum. Four students are selected to assist with the presentation and play the role of a jazz master.Third, after the presentation students have 10 mins to 15 mins to complete a scavenger hunt with the option to win Pepper Award coupon to chili's. Finally, the students are offered another opportunity to win two tickets to The Blue Room (date night with his | her parent). The Blue Room functions as museum in the day time and a Jazz club at night. It’s the only jazz venue in the world that allows students under the age of 21 to attend with an adult. Requirements for winning two tickets to the Blue Room. 1) 3rd to 6th grades students 2) 500 word handwritten essay about one jazz master or four jazz masters 3) One week to complete to the essay 4) One student pre-class can win two tickets
The teachers are asked to mail the essay to the American Jazz Museum. In return, the staff reviews the essay and reply backs with comments. The tickets are mail back to the student or teacher with a thank you note, comments and certificate for completing the essay in timely manner.


 

 

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108


FFNHA Theme: Enduring Struggle for Freedom
Grade: Can be Catered to Various Grades
Program: The NLBM welcomes school group tours Tuesday-Friday during regular business hours, with group rates for 25 or more students.  A special discounted price is available for groups touring both the Baseball and Jazz Museums during the day. NLBM offers information on the history of African American baseball from the late 1800s-1960s, with emphasis on the rofessional Negro Leagues, which began in 1920 and lasted through 1960.  Teachers can lead students through hundreds
of photographs plus film exhibitions which chronicle the history of integration through the sport of baseball, highlighted by art and several exemplary artifacts.  An emphasis is placed on the important regional ties of Kansas City, Mo., in the heart of the Freedom’s Frontier Heritage area, as the founding city of the leagues and home to its most significant team, the Kansas City Monarchs.  The museum also features online resources for teachers, including the “eMuseum for Teachers,” and “Field Trip Guide.” Each resource is available at www.coe.ksu.edu/nlbemuseum.  
In addition, the NLBM hosts occasional literacy programs for young students, art programs for high school students, and author series for teachers and adult learners.  

 

 

 

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