Welcome Back Educators!
Fort Roberdeau is looking forward to providing your students with our award-winning school programs. We have a table with the academic standards our classes meet. We provide two options for school groups.
Hands-on the Past
$6 per Participant
Minimum fee $60 or 10 participants. 10 students per station, 6 stations, 30 minutes each.
This program gives students an opportunity to touch history at Fort Roberdeau in a very real way. Students engage in three or more activities during their visit. They work in small groups of 8 to 10 students. Trained volunteers and staff help students to use tools and reproduction objects to learn first-hand how things were done in 1778.
Students learn by doing; they will examine 18th century objects, hear the crack of the musket, smell the soup cooking in the kettle over the smoky wood fire, and learn the effects of weather and environment on the lives of the settlers.
This program is most effective when it is accompanied by pre visit activities to prepare students and post-visit activities to reinforce, extend, and enrich the experience. A wide range of activities are currently offered; availability of a particular activity on a particular day may be subject to the availability of the volunteer "expert." The activities may include:
- A Clothes Call -Students learn about clothing, and what was worn during the period. Students then get to put on the clothing themselves.
- Tinsmithing- Students learn about the tinsmith, and make a punch lantern.
- The New Recruits- The local units were a special type of soldier called the Rangers. Their legacy still survives in our own military. Students learn what it was like to be a ranger.
- Cooking and Housewifery- Students learn about food ways of the period and how much they have changed. They participate in kitchen activities.
- A Stitch in Time- Students learn to embroider. The project can be a quilt, or a handheld project depending on the instructor.
- The Lost Art of Quilling- Students learn the heritage craft of quilling.
- Flee To the Fort-Students escape a raid by “forting up”. They must decide what will come, and help their family escape. (15 minute course is Frontier Life)
- Pastimes of Past Times- (Toys and Games) Students learn about what was done during leisure times.
- Weaving- Children learn to weave using hand looms.
- Ink and Paper- Writing during the time period is demonstrated, and then students get to participate.
- In a Spin- A class about drop spinning. Students get to drop spin.
- In the Garden- Students spend time doing activities with the gardener.
- Conestoga Wagon- Students spend time learning about the history of transportation and the Conestoga wagons. They will get to see our very own original Conestoga wagon.
- Preparing Your Kit- Students learn about the kit they would take into the field for hunting or scouting expeditions. This activity includes rolling musket cartridges using sand and a steel ball bearing.
- Specialty Classes- (an example is the Tory Class). Some of the volunteers who come to visit have special classes they have developed through the years that they enjoy sharing.
A Bridge To The Past
$4 per student or adult;
Minimum fee of $60 or 15 students in 15-20 minute informative classes. This is intended for larger groups.
Students get an overview of the history and environment of Fort Roberdeau. They hear stories about the frontier during the Revolutionary War, then spend about 15 minutes at 8 to 10 learning stations in both the historical area, including the Officer's Quarters, storehouse, barracks, miner's hut, and blacksmith shed in the fort, the exhibit area in the barn, and the natural area. Volunteer docents demonstrate activities, explain the uses of 1778-period objects, and stimulate curiosity. This program works well with very large groups of students, scouts, or other community organizations. Bring your lunch!
Schedule a School Tour
If you would like to participate in one of these please contact us at the fort.
Schedule your field trip by contacting Glenn Nelson, Director of Fort Roberdeau .
Questions?? Please call 814-946-0048
As a reminder, we do not schedule school groups on Mondays.