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School Children Exploring the Six Simple Machine Exhibit
School Children Exploring the Six Simple Machine Exhibit

K-12 School Tour Program at the Warren County Historical Society

Telling Our Story – Exploring the History of Warren County

Bring your students for an interactive history experience exploring the ways Warren County’s people built a community from an untamed wilderness. 

Spring 2018: March 13 through May 24, 2018

Fall: September 11 through November 16, 2018 

Who Should Attend?  Any K-12 class with at least 12 students in one grade. 

What programs are available for younger students? Teachers may choose from the four different programs listed below designed for second grade through sixth. These tours feature activities and other hands on learning experiences.  

Social Studies Backpack – How do you build a community out of a wilderness?  Social Studies backpack is an activity based program that engages students with historic artifacts, paintings, music and historic documents chronicling the development of Ohio. 

Gruesome but Truesome – Get up close and personal with practices that were common and ordinary in the 19th & early 20th century which we find gruesome or down right horrifying today. 

Exploring Pioneer Technology – Discover how work gets accomplished without the help of power tools using the six simple machines and other forms of 19th and early 20th century technology. 

Following the Tracks of the Underground Railroad – Ohio was a major center of activity on the Underground Railroad.  Warren County was actively helping slaves to escape as early as the 1820’s. 

What programs are available for older students? Teachers may choose from one of three programs designed to help develop critical thinking skills. 

Harmon Museum History Detective – Students in groups of five or less are given a box of artifacts, letters, photos and other memorabilia and told to find and tell the box’s story. Allow two hours. 

My Virtual History Museum – Using smart phones, tablets and other cameras students develop a virtual museum experience which can be accessed digitally. Choose from suggested topics or come up with your own. 

All Art is Local- Explore the fine arts collection at the Harmon Museum & Art Gallery 

When are the school tours offered? Two sessions are available each day Tuesday-Friday. Choose mornings from 10:00 am to noon or afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. 

Where are the tours held? Tours are presented inside the Harmon Museum & Art Gallery at 105 S. Broadway in downtown Lebanon, Ohio. 

Why should our school visit the Harmon Museum & Art Gallery? Warren County was one of the most influential counties in the formation of Ohio and the country as a whole. Many of our most prominent pioneers were known not only for their good works at home but also their contributions on the national scene. Their stories, which will entertain educate and inspire people of all ages, are contained in the Harmon Museum. 

How do you sign up to bring a class to the Harmon Museum? Call 513-932-1817 or email wchs@wchsmuseum.org. Reservations are required and tours will be booked on a "first come, first serve" basis. 

Additional Information: Students $4, adults $7, one teacher from each class at no charge. Call for more details or email: wchs@wchsmuseum.org.