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Adult Talks

 

Traveling Trunk
TRAVELING TRUNKS & TALKS
K-12 appropriate in your classroom or venue, or at the Museum.
Although we offer many programs and guided tours at our wonderful facility, we also develop suitcase programs to bring to you, developed with your core curriculum in mind. Our well-rounded staff has experience from education, history, and popular culture and has the ability to create a program based on your educational needs.
Native American Traveling Trunk

Native-American
Traveling Basket

This traveling pack basket is filled with common items that the Natives of Northwest Ohio would have used in the 18th century. The basket includes 26 items including moccasins and trade goods that would have been part of Native-American life.This basket can be borrowed for up to one week and used in conjunction with your classroom lessons.

FEE: .50 cents per student plus $15 donation to cover expenses. | PDF

Colonial Boy & Girl Traveling Trunk

Colonial School Boy and Girl
Traveling Trunk

This program was developed with the early elementary student in mind. A teacher can borrow this Traveling Trunk for use in the classroom over several days. The trunk itself is a replica of a Colonial American blanket chest, something a boy or girl would have used to store clothing and personal belongings. Inside the trunk are reproductions of items a typical Colonial boy or girl would have used in and around school: Boy’s and Girl’s Colonial clothing and hats, coins, clay marbles, wooden toys, educational playing cards, historical documents and newspapers, a large American flag, and a book entitled “The School of Manners or Rules for Children’s Behaviour.” There are also coloring books that can be copied and used as handouts.

This trunk includes reproduction “hornbooks,” simple wooden paddles that contain a small lesson that a student would use instead of a more expensive book. There will be enough hornbooks for each student in a small class, or enough to share for a large class for use in a simulated Colonial lesson.

This trunk can be delivered to your school and also picked up when you are done.

FEE: .50 cents per student plus $15 donation to cover expenses. | PDF

WWI traveling trunk

World War I
Traveling Trunk

This traveling trunk contains uniforms, equipment such as a gas mask and helmet, and period photos to help students better visualize what life was like for the common soldier during the Great War.

FEE: .50 cents per student plus $15 donation to cover expenses. | PDF

American Civil War presentation

 

American Civil War
Traveling Trunk

This reproduction Civil War-era hardtack box is filled with uniforms, equipment, and personal items used by the common soldier. The trunk can be borrowed for up to one week by teachers to use in their classrooms.

FEE: .50 cents per student plus $15 donation to cover expenses. | PDF

Native American Traveling Basket

 

Native Americans of Northwest Ohio
Presentation

This program is a 30-40 minute PowerPoint presentation about the history of Northwest Ohio’s Native people from prehistoric days until the removal period in the 1830s. Specific tribes, areas of settlement, modes of transportation, dress, trade, and conflict are all part of this comprehensive lesson. The museum will provide the projector; all that is needed is a place to show the images and a power outlet.

Accompanying the presentation are stone tools and “arrow heads,” reproductions of Native clothing, and trade items. Some of these items will be passed out to the students after the presentation so they can get a “hands-on” historic experience. Questions will be taken after the lesson as time allows.

FEE: .50 cents per student plus $15 donation to cover expenses. | PDF

War of 1812 presentation

 

War of 1812 in Ohio: The Siege of Fort Meigs & the Battle of Lake Erie
Presentation

Learn about the Northwest Ordinance and how the Siege of Fort Meigs and the Battle of Lake Erie helped shape the history of Ohio. This is a 40-minute Powerpoint presentation.

FEE: .50 cents per student plus $15 donation to cover expenses. | PDF

Underground Railroad presentation

 

Underground Railroad & the Passage through Northwest Ohio
Presentation

The Underground Railroad is a relevant topic to local students with many connections to Northwest Ohio. This program is a 40-minute Power Point presentation filled with historic primary source images and first-hand narratives of the local people and places that helped many slaves escape to freedom. This program will also help separate Underground Railroad fact from fiction, focusing on historically documented accounts of Underground Railroad activity.

FEE: .50 cents per student plus $15 donation to cover expenses. | PDF

Ohio Inventors presentation

Ohio Inventors & Innovators: From Light to Flight
Presentation

Edward Libbey, B.F. Goodrich. Alexander Winton, John D. Rockefeller, Samuel Gompers, Thomas Edsion, Charles Brush, Granville Woods, Wright Brothers, Charles Kettering, Garrett Morgan

This program is a 30-40 minute PowerPoint program that highlights 11 of Ohio’s inventors. From Alexander Winton to Samuel Gompers, from Granville Woods to Garrett Morgan, this program covers what is in the state curriculum. This program is NOT an in-depth lesson on each inventor, rather, it is an overview of them all. This program would be ideal to introduce students to all of these famous men OR review what you have already taught.

FEE: .50 cents per student plus $15 donation to cover expenses. | PDF

 

Thomas Edison presentation

Thomas Alva Edison: Ohio Inventor Genius
Presentation

The Thomas Edison program is a 30-40 minute Power Point slide show brought to your classroom. All equipment is provided by the Museum; all you need to provide is a power source and projection screen. Students will be shown over 20 images of Thomas Edison, both young and old, and some of his most important inventions. The program is full of inspirational quotes made by Edison himself. There are fun trivia facts about Edison as well.

Following the presentation, there will be a demonstration using a reproduction Edison light bulb. The bulb’s dim glowing filament fascinates students every time. There will also be a demonstration of an actual Edison Home Phonograph. This 100-year old artifact is still playing music and teaches students how music was played many years ago.

FEE: .50 cents per student plus $15 donation to cover expenses. | PDF

 

History of Wood County presentation

History of Wood County: 10,000 B.C. to the Present
Presentation

This is a 30-40 minute Power Point presentation about the history of Wood County and Northwest Ohio from the last Ice Age to the present. The broad nature of this presentation lends itself to effectively cover many portions of the State of Ohio Elementary Social Studies Standards: Land formations, Native Americans, Settlements, Industry, Transportation, and Agriculture are all part of this unique lesson. All equipment is provided by the Museum; all you need to provide is a power source and projection screen.

Accompanying the lesson are historic artifacts from the museum used to illustrate the changes that have occurred in Wood County: Prehistoric stone tools, drainage tile, corn planter, sample of Ohio crude oil, reproduction Native clothing, and a beaver pelt all help tell Northwest Ohio’s unique history. Some of these items will be passed out to students after the presentation for a “hands-on” historic experience. Questions will be answered after the presentation as time allows.

FEE: .50 cents per student plus $15 donation to cover expenses. | PDF

 

Town Ball presentation

Town Ball: An Historic Base Ball Game
Presentation & Activity

Enrich your classroom or physical education lesson with a rousing game of Town Ball. This educational program will be brought to your school and can be played by any grade level. Town Ball, a predecessor to modern day baseball, was a game played in the 19th century by boys and girls of all ages. All bases, balls, equipment, and bats will be provided by the Wood County Museum.

The cost of the Town Ball Program is .50 cents per student. | PDF

 


 

GUIDED TOURS
Educational Tours

We welcome the opportunity to combine a presentation with a field trip tour of the Museum and grounds. For more information, contact Michael McMaster, Education Coordinator, at 419.352.0967 or education@woodcountyhistory.org.

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SCOUTS & CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS
We work with scouts and other civic organizations


We work closely with many organizations...

...to develop resources, programs, and opportunities:

  • Meeting room rental for banquets, award ceremonies, and leadership meetings
  • Overnight camping on grounds
  • Historic guided tours and projects for merit badges
  • Organized day camps and programs

     

     


 

 

ADULT TALKS
A series of adult-themed programs are also available at your site or ours.
Charles Evers Educational Program

Tales from the "Misty Past": Charles W. Evers and the Pioneer Scrap-book of Wood County, Ohio
Presentation for adults

Hear from noted local historian Charles Evers about Wood County's last bear hunt, the origin of the "Devil's Hole", and Mahlon Meeker's thrilling escape from a pack of hungry wolves.  Although published one year after his death in 1910, Charles Evers' Pioneer Scrap-book was instrumental in preserving much of Wood County's local legends and lore.  

Donations welcome to cover mileage.

Henry Count in the Great War - Educational Talk

Henry County in the Great War: Loyalty Trials, German-Americans, and The League of American Patriots
Presentation for adults

In 1918 an organization in Napoleon, Ohio, called The League of American Patriots of Henry County was formed with the reported purpose of stamping out pro-German propaganda in the county.  Despite their stated goal, the League of American Patriots, lead by Napoleon’s Methodist and Presbyterian ministers, set its aim on the German Lutheran churches and especially their parochial schools.  Several high profile Loyalty Trials were held by the League in Napoleon, Ohio.  Nearly all of the targets of these loyalty trials were German Democrats running for office.  In 1918 in Henry County, Ohio, like many other places in the United States at the time, petty religious, political, and personal grudges were exacerbated by the German spy hysteria that gripped America. Patriotism was used as a cloak to settle these scores.

Donations welcome to cover mileage.

German Terrorism in WWI

The First Global War on Terror:  German Conspiracy and Sabotage in America 1914-1918
Presentation for adults

Learn how German and German-American spy rings planned sabotage here at home bringing World War I to American soil from 1914-1918.  Learn how German agents, generously funded through the German embassy, set off the largest terrorist explosion in New York City history in 1916 and used Anthrax as a weapon of war here in America.

Donations welcome to cover mileage.

The Irish Invastion of Canada- Educational Talk

The Irish Invasion of Canada 1866
Presentation for adults

Learn how, after the American Civil War, a well-funded and well-organized army of Irish-American "Fenians" invaded Canada in 1866 culminating in the Battle of Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada.  Did you know that this army of Irish-Americans passed through Northwest Ohio on their way to invade Canada?

Donations welcome to cover mileage.

Miracle At Lovett's Grove  - Educational Talk

What Happened in Wood County March 14, 1858?
Ellen White and the Miracle at Lovett's Grove

Presentation for adults

Learn the history of one of the most interesting churches in Wood County and how Ellen White received a vision from God in 1858 at Lovett's Grove that would forever alter the American Adventist's faith.  

Donations welcome to cover mileage.

Fort Portage: Wood County's Other Ware of 1812 Fort -  Educational Talk

Fort Portage: Wood County's Other War of 1812 Fort  
Presentation for adults

Although described at the time as," A place of not much importance," Fort Portage played a role in forging a trail through Wood County's Great Black Swamp. Learn about this largely forgotten historic site in Wood County during the War of 1812 and how it has survived in modern memory.

Donations welcome to cover mileage.

Shutnok : A Wood County Legend -  Educational Talk

Shutnok: A Wood County Legend
Presentation for adults

Described in 1909, by newspaper editor Charles Evers, as the tallest sand dune in Wood County, learn the history and legends of this forgotten place in Plain Township in Wood County. Does the ghost of Ottawa Chief Tondaganie’s daughter still haunt the place called Shutnok?

Donations welcome to cover mileage.

Cross of Iron, Cross of Gold : The Sinking of the U.S.S. Ticonderoga -  Educational Talk

Cross of Iron, Cross of Gold
Presentation for adults

Learn how the sinking of the U.S.S. Ticonderoga, the largest American naval disaster of World War I, in 1918 left its mark on Wood County and how this event still survives in modern memory.

Donations welcome to cover mileage.

 


 

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