Adult Archaeology Field School
Join us in August at the 8 Square Schoolhouse as we continue our successful program to unearth more artifacts. We welcome single adults 16 and up, and encourage inter-generational couples (parents/younger teens, grandparents/grandchildren) to partake in this unique and important work to help The History Center gain a more complete understanding of activity on this over 200 year old schoolhouse site! Look for dates and more information. No previous experience necessary. ($35/one Saturday or $125/all four Saturdays) If interested, please fill out the Archaeology Summer Field School Registration Form and send it to Community@TheHistoryCenter.net.
Already signed up? Please view the Equipment List for Archaeology Field School Participants.
1892 Full Day Living History
Designed to enhance learning about history through imaginative role playing and getting up close and personal with artifacts in our historic 1827 schoolhouse in Dryden, New York. This excellent program, begun in 1992, is now part of the Kids Discover the Trail initiative for fourth grades. Also excellent for home school groups ages 6 through 16. ($275/day)
We also welcome adult groups to visit and tour the schoolhouse ($75/hour for up to 20 adults)
Our day-long Living History program gives fourth graders from public, private, and home school groups an opportunity to experience a day at school in 1892. The Eight Square Schoolhouse is the site of program, led by trained schoolteachers using an authentic 1890s curriculum. Students engage in such activities as pen-and-ink penmanship lessons, reading aloud from primers of the day, and outdoor recess with period games. Students are encouraged to dress the part and bring lunches that replicate what their great-great grandparents might have taken to school. Nearly 800 children participate in the program annually.
Teachers & Parents
The Going to a One Room School slideshow serves as an introduction to your trip to the schoolhouse. Visitors can learn about Tompkins County in the late 1800s, and get a ‘sneak peak’ of what to expect at our historic site in order to better prepare for their visit, including outhouses and a pump and well.
Additionally, the Eight Square Schoolhouse Visitors Resource Guide is intended to help prepare your students for their visit to the Eight Square Schoolhouse. It includes information on the 1890's time period, the 8 Square Schoolhouse site, details on how to dress children and adults for the day, and how to pack a period lunch.
For further information and to learn how your group can participate, contact Youth Educator Julia Taylor at 273-8284 x229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schoolmarms and Schoolmasters Wanted: Become A Teacher at The Eight Square Schoolhouse
Take some local history, a landmark building, a flair for the dramatic and a roomful of kids – mix well and you will have an unforgettable trip to the past. The History Center is looking for teachers at our 1827 schoolhouse on Hanshaw Road in Dryden. In the spring and fall, area 4th grade and home school children spend a day immersed in rural one-room school education of over a century ago via our Living History program. If you are interested in becoming part of our unique teaching team, please email Youth Educator Julia Taylor at email@example.com