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Educational And Children's Programs

The mission of the Western North Carolina Historical Association Educational Programs is to help each student and visitor rediscover the land and people of western North Carolina through experiences that reveal the past and illuminate the future.

School Programming:

 Curriculum Guide for 2013 - 2014
The Curriculum Guide  is online now!!!
Download the Curriculum Guide HERE
Teachers, you can share this video with your class before you come. 

Field Trips
Sept. 23, 2013 through March 16, 2014
Douglas Ellington: Asheville's Boom Town Architect
includes architectural scavenger hunt of Smith-McDowell House

April 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014
Hillbilly Land: Myth and Reality in Appalachian Culture
includes related activities in Smith-McDowell House

Traveling Trunks
2013-2014 Trunk Rental is FREE!
(refundable $15 deposit)

Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley Mini-Trunk        
Emeline Piggott, Confederate Spy Mini-Trunk      
History of the American Flag Mini-Trunk                     
Kiffen Rockwell and NC Aviation Mini-Trunk 
The Civil War: Confederate Perspective Trunk
The Civil War: Union Perspective Trunk 
Fibers to Fabric Trunk
The Roaring Twenties Trunk  
The Woodland Indians
History's Mysteries 

Living History Day: 
May 1 and 2, 2014

This is an event for 4th and 5th grade school groups. Craft & history demonstrations, hands-on activities
and tours of the 1840s Smith McDowell House Museum highlight the day.
Space is limited, so reservations are required. Cost is $3.00 for each student.
Please call or email for reservations.
Pre and Post Visit materials can be downloaded HERE.
The Back Pocket Guide can be downloaded HERE and HERE
(these are 2013 materials - will update by late winter)



The Crafty Historian:
A new series of educational and fun activities for school age children. Each program includes a program and a craft activity that reinforces the program. Children above the age of nine are welcome to attend without a parent, and younger are welcome with an adult. There is a minimal charge for each program based on the type of craft for the day. These events are wonderful opportunities for both parents/grandparents and children to experience history in a fun and interactive way. 
These will be held on the third Saturday of most months from 10:30 to 12:30. Reservations are required by Thursday prior to the event so that we will have enough supplies for everyone. 
2014 DATES
January 18: Art Deco architecture (includes our current exhibit Douglas Ellington: Asheville's Boom Town Architect and an Art Deco project)
February 8: Victorian Valentines - we squeeze this one in before the big day!! We'll make  a keepsake box.decorated with Victorian Valentine images. Learn about Queen Victorian and compare English and American life during her reign. 
Other dates: March 15, April 12 (this will be a Crafty Easter!!), May, 17, June 14 (on Flag Day!), July 19, August 16


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