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“Pioneers wasted nothing! They used every part of the pig… from the OINK to the TAIL!”
– Mrs. Agnes Johnson, PMOA Folklife Volunteer
PMOA recognizes the retainment success level of hands on, experiential learning. We also recognize that when engaged in a tactile experience such as feeding the chickens and churning butter or spinning cotton, there’s a moment of pure homespun magic! Hands on History is presented by Pioneer Museum of Alabama volunteers to children’s groups using real artifacts and traditional techniques.
Hands on History (Groups of 20 or more)
This program includes a guided tour of the main museum building, which is home to over 18,000 artifacts dating form prehistoric Native Americans through the mid-1900s. Students will get to visit our demonstration cabin, where they will learn about daily pioneer life and get to sample cornbread and sausage cooked in a cast iron skillet. Afterwards, your group is welcome to walk the museum grounds at your own pace and explore the cabins and other structures. We invite you to bring a lunch and eat in our shaded picnic area.
Together, the guided tour and time in the demonstration cabin lasts about 2 hours. Groups generally spend about 3 – 3 1/2 hours while at the museum, but we are willing to work within your school’s schedule. The Hands on History Program is offered Tuesday – Friday beginning at 9:30 AM (time can be later if needed).
Cost for this program is $12 per student and $12 per chaperone. For more information, contact Kelly Ormond, Education and Program Coordinator, at 334-566-3597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore Pioneer Life as a small group!
An educational experience for groups of 10 to 20
Pioneer Days is a fantastic learning opportunity concentrating on Alabama history! Re-enactors and demonstrators bring the pages of our history books to life! Students will learn about cabin life, including chores and cooking on an authentic wood stove. Other pioneer skills include rope making, woodworking, quilting, weaving, and more! Cost is $10 per student and $10 per chaperone.
This living history event is a celebration of farming and agriculture! Students will get hands on experience working with the Master Gardeners by planting their own seeds in a take-home project. Students will gain an understanding of pioneer life through demonstrations such as Dutch oven cooking, woodworking, quilting, weaving, and more! Cost is $10 per student and $10 per chaperone.