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In-Person Group Visits

COVID-19 UPDATE:

The Kenosha Museum Campus’s in-person school group programs are currently limited to guided tours. For the safety of students and staff, all museum classroom programs, learning labs and experiences have been put on temporary hold.

Group tours are still available.  In order to meet state social distancing guidelines, tours are limited to a total of 50 students from a single classroom. All teachers, students and chaperones are required to wear masks while visiting the museum. Lunchroom facilities are not available at this time.

Guided Group Tours

$6 per student  |  Teachers are Free
$4 per student from schools in the Kenosha Unified School District  |  Teachers are Free

For more information or to register, please contact Education Services Coordinator Caitlin Manwaring at [email protected]

 

CIVIL WAR MUSEUM

Midwest & The Civil War – A Guided Tour of the Civil War Museum’s Fiery Trial Gallery
Grades 3 – 12
Duration: 45-60 minutes

 

KENOSHA PUBLIC MUSEUM

Museum Favorites – A Guided Tour of The Wisconsin Story Gallery
All Grades
Duration 45-60 minutes

 

DINOSAUR DISCOVERY MUSEUM

Highlight Tour – A Guided Tour of the Dinosaur Galleries
All Grades
Duration: 45-60 minutes

 

 

Group Programs

*** Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following in-person programs are temporarily on hold ***

 

Hometown Heroes | Grades 2nd through 4th (designed for 3rd grade) | Duration: 1 Hour | More Details about Hometown Heroes

Even though Midwestern towns like Kenosha, Wisconsin, were far away from the field of battles, they played a key role during the Civil War. Using mapping, artifact handling, and exhibit tours, students will learn the Midwest’s role in the Civil War, about the young men who volunteered from this area, and the civilians at home who supported them.

Within the Civil War Museum gallery, students will use images and firsthand accounts to learn that citizens of Midwestern towns like Kenosha volunteered to serve in the Union Army. Students will also learn how communities have changed since the Civil War by comparing an 1860 map of Kenosha to how the city looks today. Students will also learn the importance and meaning of the American flag by constructing their own flag after learning the story of an American flag made in 1861 by Kenosha citizens and given to the first to volunteer for the war from the city. Finally, students will work in small groups to examine and guess the uses of common nineteenth century household items to better understand the lives of civilians during the Civil War.

 

King Cotton | Grades 4th and 5th | Duration: 2 hours | More details about King Cotton

King Cotton is a two-hour program designed for 4th and 5th grade students. This program explores the role of cotton and slavery within the Southern economy through a hands-on classroom experience, Seeing the Elephant 360° movie viewing, and small group exhibit exploration. The program also pays particular attention to why slaves were used in a plantation economic system, what type of work slaves did, and how they could rebel against their owners.

In the classroom, students learn about the importance of cotton and the role of slavery in America in the years before the Civil War. Using facilitated, hands-on interactives and a scenario-based activity, students will leave the program with an understanding of what really happened on the Underground Railroad.

Students will also work in small groups with a teacher or chaperones to answer questions about Civil War themes in our Museum exhibits. Students will work collaboratively to gain knowledge about such topics as slavery, the life of a soldier, or Reconstruction. The students will then share their findings with their classmates.

Midwest in the Civil War | Grades: 6th through 8th | Duration: 2 hours | More details about Midwest in the Civil War

Midwest in the Civil War is a two-hour program for students in 6th through 8th grade. The program explores the Midwest’s role in the Civil War through a guided tour of the Fiery Trial gallery, a viewing of the Museum’s 360° movie Seeing the Elephant, and focused small group exhibit exploration.

After the guided tour, students work in small groups to study an aspect of the Civil War as a social historian. Student groups will be given an inquiry-based prompt and will use the Museum’s exhibits, artifacts, and other resources to develop an argument that addresses the prompt. After research time in the exhibit gallery, students share their findings and answers with the larger group to verbally explain their new found expertise and opinions on a range of topics that concern the Civil War.

 

You Are the Soldier | Grades: Open to all grades, but best suited for grades 4-8 | Duration: 30 minutes | Capacity: 30 students | Costs: $2 per student in addition to other program fees or Theater Program costs

Civil War soldiers had to carry all of their personal items and military gear wherever they went. To avoid being overburdened, soldiers had to decide what they would need to carry in order to survive multiple months of camping, marching, eating, and soldiering.

During this program, educators from the Civil War Museum will introduce your students to the uniforms, equipment, and personal items that Civil War soldiers used in camp and on the battlefield. Students will then have to make personal choices as to what they would carry with them or leave behind.

This program lasts 30 minutes and is designed for groups of no more than 30.

Testimonials

King Cotton
“All the Museum stuff is great, but what I really appreciate is the management style. Directions are clear and the scavenger hunt activity is age appropriate and engaging!:

Midwest in the Civil War
“The presenters were amazing! Positive comments about every person we interacted with! Something different was communicated and learned by all.”

Theater Program
“The Theater program was our favorite.”

“Thank you for a wonderful experience!!”

“Our theater program was excellent!”

If you have questions, please contact the education services coordinator at 262-653-4424 or email to [email protected]

Please Note:  All dates in May 2020 for Civil War Museum school group visits are full. Group visit dates are still available for April and early June.  Please fill out the Online Registration Request Worksheet to arrange for your visit.

CWM SchoolGroupOnline Reservation Request Worksheet

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Teacher Resources

Tired of searching the internet for appropriate and accurate Civil War materials to use in your educational setting?

The Civil War Museum has created free resources to help educators teach difficult history and Civil War related topics. Document packets supplying primary sources, photographs, background information and suggested learning activities on subjects such as the Causes of the Civil War and the Underground Railroad are available for free download at the links below.

Causes of the Civil War

The Underground Rail Road

Resources for Teaching Hard History: Race, Slavery, Emancipation and Reconstruction