Activities abound at the Historical Museum for young people and their families this summer! The Museum’s educators have created programs designed to uniquely engage these special visitors in memorable, exhibit-focused activities. All sessions are conducted by experienced, expert teachers. Visit the Museum’s website at www.wichitahistory.org or call 316-265-9314 for more complete, upcoming information. The programs are free, but space is limited, so reservations are strongly encouraged. Register by calling the Museum at 316-265-9314 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wichita Song Workshop – tour exhibits, hear the stories and write the songs that celebrate our community. Offered four days – Tuesday, June 19th – Friday, June 22nd (performance day), 1-3 pm each day. Recommended for 2nd grade and up; parents/grandparents/caregivers are welcome to participate.
- Penmanship Class – Once a favored means of communication, cursive writing is becoming a lost art. Many schools no longer teach this valuable skill, but the Historical Museum does! Offered four days – Tuesday, June 26th – Friday, June 29th, 1-3 pm each day. All ages welcome!
- Dolls on the Prairie – Dolls accompanied the first settlers to Kansas, and like the dolls of Plains Indian tribes, they were used to tell stories and help children understand the world. Wonderful dolls are featured in the Museum’s collection – bring your doll to meet them. Offered four days – Tuesday, July 10th – Friday, July 13th, 1-3 pm each day. Recommended for 2nd grade and up.
- The (Hi)STORY in a Photo – Pioneering newspaper reporter Jacob Riis used photography to captivate audiences and spur change in the late 19th Attendees will explore Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives and discover the history of photography, see how photos are made, and learn how to use them to tell a story. Offered four days – Tuesday, July 17th – Friday, July 20th, 1-3 pm each day. Recommended for 5th grade and up; parents/grandparents/caregivers are welcome to participate.
- Using History in Creative Writing –Need a fun diversion from the hot days of summer? The Historical Museum has what you need. No experience or skill needed, just the desire to exercise your creativity through writing. No matter our age or background, we all have stories to share. Stories are powerful; learning to tell a story is an invaluable skill. The Museum is filled with stories. A gifted storyteller will guide us through the steps of creative writing and how to use the rich resource of our own experiences. Workshop is designed for second grade and up; caregivers are welcome to participate.
Offered four days – Tuesday, July 24th – Friday, July 27th, 1-3 pm each day. Recommended for 2nd grade and up.