A Dynamic Learning Environment
Step out of the classroom, and into a dynamic learning environment. Our docent-led tours offer students the chance to explore daily life in the 19th century and make connections between the past and present. We encourage active learning, with plenty of interactive experiences that enable students to see what it was like to live, work, and play in Western New York in the past. At the Village, everyone has the unique opportunity to see, hear, feel, smell, taste, and experience early American history up close.
The outdoor portion of the tour takes place outside in a historic 19th-century village. Students will make personal connections with history through participatory and engaging programming. They will be led by a docent through our 11 historic buildings, including 6 houses, 2 schoolhouses, a barbershop, a church, and a reproduction blacksmith shop. During this guided tour, students will experience childhood in the nineteenth century, by going to school at Williamsville School, sitting at their desks, and doing their schoolwork with slate and chalk. They will also learn about home life and life on a farm by doing chores, performing a shadow play, and looking through a stereoscope!
Students, K-8, will explore state and local history; time, continuity, and change, the Erie Canal, Civic, and Pioneer life. Our Erie Canal Exhibit and Pioneer Kitchen Exhibit offer enriching experiences that allow students the chance to role play, use their imaginations and use critical thinking skills as they examine artifacts and compare these items to their modern counterparts.
Pre-Visit Packet: Grades K-4. This is a pre-visit packet that can be used as an introduction to our museum.
Local History Lesson Plan: Grades 7-8. This packet includes primary sources and several standalone activities that can be used as a pre-visit introduction to our museum or as enrichment activities in the classroom.