Information for Educators

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Tours

Make a visit to the museum part of your school curriculum.  The Washington County Museum’s school program appeals to students studying local, pioneer and or Nebraska History, particularly appropriate for 4th – 5th grade. The museum has three galleries all related to the history of Nebraska from the pre-historic times to the twentieth century. We will provide your classroom with a custom tour that includes hands-on experiences such as:

  • Digging for pre-historic specimens in our archeological box
  • Grinding coffee
  • Washing clothes on the washboard
  • Making butter
  • Banking station
  • Learning about the Otoe language through computer interactive
  • Learning to write with quill and ink

*When setting up a tour, please allot at least an hour and a half for hands on activities.

The museum is located next to West Market Square Park. It is an excellent place to have a sack lunch or picnic.

You may want to consider splitting the day with a visit to Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, just east of Fort Calhoun and the museum. Many large groups split their student numbers in half, with one half touring the museum while the other half tours the fort, and then switching the groups.  Smaller groups may visit the museum, then move 3 blocks east to tour the fort.  We can assist you with scheduling both locations.

There is a fee of $1.00 per child to cover costs for this wonderful experience at the museum. Fort Atkinson also has a $1 fee per student to tour their visitor center.

We also offer tours for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and many others who are working on merit badges.

Please call Faith Norwood, Curator at 402- 468- 5740 or email: curator@wchamuseum.com  to arrange tours.

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Traveling Trunk

Lewis and Clark Traveling Trunk

Includes:

  • Teachers’ guide
  • Children’s handouts and activity pages along with hands on items
  • furs
  • trade beads
  • compass
  • flag
  • journal and stamps

Contact Julie Schaffer, Educational Programming at 402-676-8695 or email: jshaffer59@gmail.com  to reserve.

Teachers may reserve this trunk at no charge for up to 2 weeks.

Traveling Exhibits

Barns of Nebraska’s Ethnic Communities

Barns of Nebraska’s Ethnic Communities is a traveling exhibit that pays tribute to the history of barns in Nebraska’s ethnic communities. The exhibit was funded in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council and accompanied the Smithsonian Institution’s Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon exhibit as it spent more than a year traveling across the state of Nebraska.

The exhibit includes photographs with text in a table-top format, brochures and a 1:48 scale model cut-away of a working barn that is a replica of a barn built in Washington County in the mid-1920s.

The exhibit is available at no charge (with the possible exception of shipping costs) to schools, libraries, museums and private organizations. For more information, please contact Faith Norwood, Curator at 402-468-5740 or email: curator@wchamuseum.com to reserve.

Educators Contact Us Here

If you are an educator and would like to set up a field trip or tour of the museum, please fill out the form below and send us your information. If you are not an educator, please visit our Contact Page (link to contact) to set up a tour or contact us for any other inquiries.

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