Educational Programs

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

America's Heartland (4-7)

Students will learn how area citizens displayed a spirit of adaptability as life changed after WWI and the construction of Beaver Dam. They will learn about the social upheavals of the twenties and the great depression, and how area citizens coped with these broad social changes. Program is 30 minutes.

An Assembly Line Valentine (K-4)

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. The class is approximately 1 hour and is available January through February 14.

Arkansas Symbols (K-2)

Students will learn about the origins and meanings of our state symbols. The class is approximately 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 and 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. The class is approximately 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. The class is approximately 30 minutes.

The Civil War Flags of Benton County (2-7)

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. The class is approximately 1 hour.

Downtown Rogers Walking Tour (1-5)

During a walking tour of historic downtown Rogers, students will explore the lives of the people
who lived and worked in our downtown throughout the history of Rogers. Follow-up activities
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. 1 hour walking tour with 1 class at a time.

Immigration of Northwest Arkansas (K-7)

Students will learn about the 3 major movements of people into Northwest Arkansas from pioneer times to the present. A map of the United States and a PowerPoint presentation is included. The class is approximately 30 to 45 minutes. This class is best for grades 3 and up.

Land of the Big Red Apple (K-5)

Students will understand the major role of the apple industry on the local economy; examine the
role of the railroad in fostering the growth of the industry; learn of the development and
significance of the Apple Blossom Festival; and review the impact the Great Depression and
drought had on the apple industry. 30 minute program.

Native Americans in Arkansas (1-7)

Students will learn how Native American groups migrated to North America and Arkansas and
how they adapted to the environment by using certain tools, houses, and food that was available in
the state. Native American groups featured are the Osage, Quapaw, Caddo, and Cherokee.
Students will also learn about how those groups played an important role in the early development
of our state and how those groups were pushed out by settlers migrating westward. 30 minute program.

Natural State (K-7)

People tend to think we shaped the land. But the land shaped us, and that cultural connection is so
important. Opportunity and resources brought people to Arkansas. What they found in Arkansas
was a truly pristine environment - a Natural State. This interaction between the people and the
land shapes a culture suited to this special region. The history of Arkansas is not just a history of
politics and people; it’s a history of the land. This unique land has dramatically impacted the lives
of those people who live here. 30 minute program.

Pack a Wagon (K-2)

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

Quilts (K-6)

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. The class is approximately 30 minutes.

Rocky Branch One-Room Schoolhouse (1-7)

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 to October through April through May as a field trip only. Transportation is not provided. Two classes may come at a time. No more than 56 children at a time is permitted. Adult supervision is necessary. One adult is required for every 10 children. No preschool age children will be allowed to attend. Lunches and drinks are not provided. A typical day lasts from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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. The class is approximately 30 minutes.

Trains (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. The class is approximately 30 minutes (1 hour if touring caboose).

United States Postal Service (2-5)

The program will identify the history of mail service in the United States from the early years of

operations to the present-day methods of shipping overnight by airplane.Students will recognize that the U.S Postal Service is a service provided by the federal government and will discover how technological changes in areas of communications and transportation have affected mail service in the region. The class is approximately 30 minutes.