Here are the education programs available through the Jefferson County Historical Society.
For more information about these programs please contact JoAnne Spiller, Education Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-265-2335.
Explore the early days of Madison’s agricultural past with this 90-minute interactive program. Learn about hog drives and the importance of the hog industry including the meaning of ear notching. Explore the history of corn and why it’s an important part of Indiana’s economy. Enjoy a chocolate pudding experiment and learn about the area’s “dueling” starch factories and the multiple uses of corn starch. We will also use the book, Lucky Year, which is based on local history. This program is provided free of charge to county-wide third grade classes and is the perfect lead-in for Agricultural Day in the fall. The book has a teacher guide that is downloadable as a PDF. This program meets many state standards across the third grade curriculum.
This county-wide program takes fourth graders on a journey through the past with visits to a variety of historical sites. The History Center coordinates this program with partners like Historic Madison, Inc., and the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. Explore the History Center via an informational scavenger hunt and a tour of the restored 1894 depot. Visit the Schroeder Saddletree Factory, Lanier Mansion, and other sites. This program meets many state standards across the fourth grade curriculum.
This program focuses on the rich history of the Ohio River and the railroad and how they helped develop the county as well as the state of Indiana. This program was enhanced by a digitization grant in conjunction with the local library. Many articles and historic photos will soon be avaiable.
This program was developed to show local teachers that STEAM can be taught cross-curriculum and in all grades via local history. We have developed a database of local famous Hoosiers that is a great resource for fourth graders writing their Famous Hoosier reports. The database includes historic photos as well as links to further information about historic sites and events.
All programs are available for home-school groups and can be modified to accommodate a wide variety of age levels. Program fees apply, and must be prepaid. Home-school groups are welcome to participate in Heritage Days, but must RSVP.
Students looking for service hours are welcome to apply as volunteers. We need volunteers to serve at the Art Show Open House, the Christmas workshops, Summer History Camp, and more. Letters are sent to students recording time spent volunteering.
This week-long programs lets children grades 1-5 explore local history through games, projects, food and music. Enjoy some “unplugged” time learning about quilting, weaving, fossils, local ethnicities, early games and toys, famous local Hoosiers and more. We end the week with a trolley ride and hand-churned ice cream.
View artwork from all Jefferson County schools in one location at our annual art exhibit. Grades Kindergarten through twelfth grade are displayed for the months of March and April, culminating in an open house where students can show off their projects to friends and family while enjoying cookies and punch. This is a juried art show, with a first place prize given for each grade. All artwork is returned before the end of the school term.
Gingerbread House workshops are held the Saturday before Thanksgiving and are suitable for all ages. We also hold one for adults! Create a sweet masterpiece to help decorate for the annual Christmas Tour of Homes (houses returned afterwards). This has been a family tradition for nearly 15 years and is a local favorite. Cookies and cocoa provided. You must RSVP to this event.
Make-and-take Ornament Workshop – held the second weekend in November. This hands-on workshop allows children of all ages to create memories with – and for – loved ones. Projects will be available in a range of abilities and can be taken home that day. Cookies and cocoa provided. You must RSVP to this event.
Seniors looking for a research or capstone project are welcome to apply at the History Center. Past projects have included personal genealogy, researching local famous Hoosiers, creating databases of donated articles and photos, and helping to get a historical fiction book back into print. Students work one-on-one or in small groups with our Educator, JoAnne Spiller and are mentored every step of the way.
Our educator has a degree in Elementary Education and several endorsements at the secondary level and is available to help compile information for programs and lessons across the curriculum and for all age levels.