School and Educational Tours
The Kenosha History Center and Southport Light Station offer students from grades 3 to 12 specialized educational tours of the History Center galleries and the adjacent Southport Light Station. Also available is the One Room Schoolhouse program offered at Hawthorn Hollow in the Fall and Spring. More information follows.
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School Tours at the History Center and Southport Light Station
- Yesteryear Gallery – Geared to 3rd grade studies (great for other grades as well)
Rambler Gallery – Kenosha’s auto making legacy that shaped our town’s history
1866 Southport Light Station available upon request for an additional $3 per student
Tours are able to accommodate 30 - 45 students on campus; (For larger class sizes, switch with Kenosha Public Museum or Kemper Center). Cost per student is $3.00 (additional $3.00 for optional 1866 Southport Light Station tour. No fees are charged for teachers or chaperones. To schedule a tour, call:
Dorothy McConville, 262-654-5770 ext 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Allen, 262-654-5770 ext 1 or email email@example.com
Hawthorn Hollow One-Room School House Program
The One-room Schoolhouse program is living history where students and teachers experience a One Room school house including lesson plans, and other period activities. The location is on the grounds of Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary inside the Pike River School.
The One Room Schoolhouse program is part of the Kenosha County Historical Society’s Living History Learning Project. The Living History Learning Project is a program that educates children and adults about the history by allowing them to participate in historical activities and encouraging them to see firsthand how people lived and worked in the past. The One Room Schoolhouse program is a wonderful example of living history, where students and teachers are invited to experience a one room schoolhouse, including lessons, costumes, and other period activities on the grounds at Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary & Arboretum. During the program, school is taught as it was in 1906. The cost per student is $10.00.
The classroom instruction will include:
- · Opening Exercises
· Memorization Lessons
· Reading from McGuffey Readers
· Arithmetic lessons on a slate
· Spelling Bee
· Geography, 1906 Current Events
· Writing with a quill pen and ink
· 1906 recess games
· A discussion of differences between 1906 and present day schools
Schools are selected by a lottery system in August of each year. Classes are held in the Fall and Spring of each school year.
For more information, contact Dorothy McConville at 262-654-5770, ext. 2 or Chris Allen at 262-654-5770, ext. 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Pike River School
In 1967, Mr. & Mrs. Christen P. & Anna Heide donated money to move the buildings to Hawthorn Hollow. Through the years, their generosity has preserved these buildings.
Cub Scout Programs at the History Center
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The Kenosha History Center collects and preserves artifacts, records and information vital to the understanding the history of the County's social, cultural, ethnic and industrial heritage since its settlement. The Center uses these materials, acting alone or in collaboration with other citizens and organizations, to disseminate knowledge of our collective local history through its museum, historic sites, research and outreach and publication programs for the benefit of the community and its visitors.