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Learning Virtually with WHS | Wisconsin Historical Society

Learning Virtually with WHS

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Learn Virtually with the Wisconsin Historical Society

Live Virtual Programs Spring 2021

Building on what teachers and students love about in-person visits to our museums and historic sites, these live, interactive programs will bring creativity, critical thinking, and empowered storytelling into your home or classroom.

Our Live Virtual Programs are designed for grades k-2 and 3-5, and are 30-60 minutes of inquiry-based fun!

All digital field trips come with access to additional educational content for use at the teacher’s discretion, and an optional technology check before the digital experience to make sure you’re all set for the experience.

Grades K-2

Old World Wsiconsin. A black and white piglet leans with hooves crossed out a window sill in a barn. Looking very quaint.

Meet A Pig!

Join the team from Old World Wisconsin to meet and feed some of Old World’s hogs, and discover what makes a pig, a pig!

Live, 30-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Friday

8 AM | 9:30 AM | 11 AM | 1 PM

Sold Out

In Spring 2021, this program is available free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Old World Foundation

Standards Coming Fall '21

Old World Wisconsin. Two cattle, a brown and a black-brown, happily munch on hay while looking at the camera.

Meet the Cattle!

Come to Old World Wisconsin’s Cattle Job Fair, where we learn about each cow and steer’s job duties, and help train our team of oxen!

Live, 30-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Friday

8 AM | 9:30 AM | 11 AM | 1 PM

Sold Out

In Spring 2021, this program is available free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Old World Foundation

Standards Coming Fall '21

Grades 3-5

Wisconsin Historical Museum. A Museum exhibit of the Aztalan House, with stone pillars and a slate looking roof.

History Mystery: A Mississippian Mystery

Where did the museum’s Aztalan house come from? Students will learn how archaeologists use objects to reconstruct the past, using a 1,000-year-old Native American house as a case study.

Live, 30-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Friday

Schedule between 9 AM - 4 PM

$50

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Wisconsin Historical Museum. The display outside the Mine exhibit at the museum.

History Mystery: The Mystery in the Mine

Who stole the miner’s tools? Students follow the clues to solve the mystery and learn what life was like for lead miners, including traditions and folklore. Also featuring previously untold stories of Black lead miners in Wisconsin.

Live, 30-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Friday

Schedule between 9 AM - 4 PM

$50

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Wisconsin Historical Museum. Three figures wear suffrage vests outside the Women's suffrage exhibit at the museum.

History Mystery: The Riddle of the Red Roses

Who put red roses on our suffrage display? Students will uncover the history of voting rights and who was included and excluded from the women’s suffrage movement.

Live, 30-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Friday

Schedule between 9 AM - 4 PM

$50

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Wisconsin Historical Museum. The Wisconsin Flag, in the wrong colors, showcasing the coat of arms prominently.

History Mystery: Symbol Sleuths

Does the state flag really represent Wisconsin? Students will critically examine the flag’s symbols and come up with their own ideas on how Wisconsin could be represented.

Live, 30-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Friday

Schedule between 9 AM - 4 PM

$50

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Wisconsin Historical Museum. A holstein cow statue, black and white patches looking right.

History Mystery: Dr. Babcock’s Mystery Machine

What is this mysterious object? Students will piece together clues to discover how we became America’s Dairyland through scientific innovation and the Wisconsin Idea.

Live, 30-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Friday

Schedule between 9 AM - 4 PM

$50

In Spring 2021, this program is not available free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Old World Foundation


Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Old World Wisconsin. A desk in a one room school house showcasing a book, a slate, and an ink pot.

School In One Room

In rural areas, students of all ages had to learn in a simple room with few resources. Learn how African American and European American students overcame this challenge and what their school day was like. Experience a historic civics lesson, practice penmanship, and compare and contrast modern school supplies with their historic counterparts.

Live, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Friday

8 AM | 9:30 AM | 11 AM | 1 PM

Sold Out

In Spring 2021, this program is available free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Old World Foundation

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Old World Wisconsin. A Screenshot of many students holding up their paper drawings of their family's immigrant story.

Immigrant Stories

Why do people leave everything they know with only a few possessions to start a new life in Wisconsin?  Historical and contemporary immigration stories, connected to the WHS 4th grade textbook, unpack this question.  Students will explore an immigrant trunk, work in a team to create their own trunk, and engage with a cultural craft.

Live, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Friday

8 AM | 9:30 AM | 11 AM | 1 PM

Sold Out

In Spring 2021, this program is available free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Old World Foundation

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Old World Wisconsin. A grid diagram planning out farm placement using coding principles.

STEM on the Farm

Midwest farms, past and present, rely on a wide variety of scientific methods in engineering, technology, and mechanics to be successful.  Discover 19th century STEM through observing a historical machine in action, testing out simple machines, and using code to train oxen.

Live, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Friday

8 AM | 9:30 AM | 11 AM | 1 PM

Sold Out

In Spring 2021, this program is available free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Old World Foundation

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation

Testimonials from Teachers!

“OMG!! This is WONDERFUL!! I can't begin to thank you. Having taught for 30 years, I know the importance of the work you do and programming you offer. We are in PERSON teaching and I am striving to keep my lessons engaging and meaningful. You are providing exactly what I need! I am so sorry, but it is impossible to decide on just ONE! You guys are AMAZING!!”

- Carol Patterson, 4th grade teacher

“The kids learned a lot and we even got some parent notes today about their child sharing the information on attending this virtual field trip and the things they learned. We had our principal come in once we were up and going. She was absolutely stunned by the opportunity and how unique it was. Short of being there in person, this opportunity was AMAZING!!!”

- Jessica Rettler, Tri-County School

“Kept the presentation fun and moving forward. Gave students an opportunity to share if they wanted to.”

- Rory Meyer, Deerfield Elementary School

“Not only was Chelsea extremely friendly and engaging, but she also was very accommodating of our schedule. The interaction with the students through the presentation and the chat was perfect.”

- Eric Mann, Valleyview Elementary School