Contact museum staff for availability and information about checking out the teaching resources.
Below is a
description of our collection of historical items that you can check out for
your classroom instruction. These items are available to school teachers,
churches, girls and boys clubs, or any groups that work with youth free of
charge thanks to a grant from the Lawrence County Community Foundation. Each
set of items contains enough supplies for your entire class to participate.
You can learn
about the items available for check out below. Check out is simple. To reserve your
item, just email the staff. There is a check out form that you will sign when
you take the item and when you return it. Victorian era fans - During the Victorian era, fans were used not only for cooling,
but as a way to communicate quietly or across a room. The fans come with a list
of common phrases communicated by fan and how these messages were communicated.1860's Baseball set - Other than a change in equipment,
American baseball has changed little since the 1860's. This set comes with a
period bat and ball and 1860's rules.Graces (Hoop passing game) - Called "Graces" because it
was supposed to teach young girls how to move gracefully, this game requires
grace and skill to pass wooden hoops through the air using wooden sticks.
(Though traditionally played by girls, boys often played "graces"
with girls to assist in their training.Marbles game - Marbles to play games such as
"ring-taw," "Conqueror," and others.Classroom student slates - 19th century students used personal
slates and chalk in their classes to practice their writing and arithmetic.Bowling Hoops - Wooden hoop and sticks toy used to
play "Turnpikes" a game played by pushing the upended wooden hoops
through a series of "pikes" (markers) on a path.Embroidery hoops and needles - Hoops and needles to demonstrate and
practice embroidery skills.Beanbags - Used in pioneer and settler days for
many games because fabric and beans or corn were the only needed materials.
Game rules included.Civil War Battle sets - Plastic Civil War army sets to
create battle scenes and display Civil War soldier life.Dominoes game - Dominoes set to play late 1800s
games such as "draw."Handmade jump ropes -“Join the Army” – Wooden guns to simulate Civil War
musteringPick-up sticks - Also known as
"Jackstraws." This was a popular game with American settlers. Players
take turns removing sticks from the pile without moving other sticks.Castle and Knights sets – Plastic sets to create scenes and
display castle lifeWooden spinning tops