Educational programs are tailored for students in grades K5-12, providing an up-close encounter with the past. Education staff and trained docents take students on a journey through our history. Programs align with South Carolina Social Studies standards. The following Time Travel programs are suggested for the grades listed but are able to be adjusted for your class needs.
Each program consists of two parts:
- The History Lab provides hands-on experiences that explore historical topics.
- The Exhibit encourages students to investigate oral histories, artifacts, and primary sources.
- Our Community:Investigate artifacts, photographs and maps illustrating Greenville’s history as we explore how our community has changed with time. (SC Social Studies Standards: 2-1, 2-3, 2-4)
- Digging Our History: Unearth the connection between archaeology and history with a mini “dig” to find artifacts left behind by Native Americans. (SC Social Studies Standards: 3-1, 3-2, 4-2)
- Our Stars & Stripes: Compare patriots and loyalists during the American Revolution as we learn about the founding of our nation. Learn the history of our flag, the important battles and key figures from South Carolina. (SC Social Studies Standards: 2-2, 3-3, 4-3)
- Our Ripple Effect: Explore the history of the Reedy River. Learn how the river was used and abused, and how starting in the 1970’s a group of local environmentalist changed the rivers path for the better. (Available for K-12 with SC Social Studies Standards: K-1, K-4, 2-1, 2-4, 5-3, 5-6)
- Our Road to Union: Analyze the turbulent times of the mid-1800s through artifacts and images. Identify the social, political and fiscal concerns of South Carolina in the years leading up to the Civil War. (SC Social Studies Standards: 3-3, 3-4, 4-3, 4-4, 4-6)
- Training Our Soldiers: Examine artifacts from World War II to learn more about life on the home front. (SC Social Studies Standards: 3-5, 5-1, 5-3, 5-4, 8-6)
- Civil Rights: Our Protests & Prayers: Listen to the oral histories of the student activists who led protests here in Greenville County. Create brochure biographies of the activists that took a stand against inequality. (SC Social Studies Standards: 5-1, 5-3, 5-5, 8-5, 8-6, 8-7)
The Amazing Castle
Designed for elementary grade levels, this program will invite children into an interactive bi-lingual (English and Spanish) exhibition featuring knights, kings, queens and a dragon. Children will travel back in time to a medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play.
Open now through May 10, 2020.
Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad
Designed for upper elementary, middle and high school grade levels, this program will have students tracing the collective footsteps of men, women and children in their harrowing journey toward freedom. This nationally traveling photography exhibition will have students examining, analyzing and discussing the creation and remarkable impact of the Underground Railroad.
Open February 16 – May 24, 2020.
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Need help funding your field trip? Ask about our school scholarships. Limited funding is available to assist with admission and transportation.