Educational Tours for School and Homeschool Groups
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The Page Farm and Home Museum at the University of Maine is the steward of one of our State’s most important collections representing nineteenth and twentieth century rural life. From farming equipment and implements illustrating agricultural methods and technologies, to a stunning collection of decorative objects, art and furniture adorning Maine homesteads, to a fully-equipped farmhouse kitchen replete with all the “modern” conveniences, the Page Museum offers a complete and authentic window into life in Maine in the 1800s and early 1900s.
The Museum campus includes an 1833 post and beam barn, an 1855 one-room schoolhouse, a carriage house, a blacksmith shop and a one-quarter acre heirloom garden. These physical structures and the major collections contained within vividly illustrate Maine’s agrarian roots and family life. In addition to its collections, the Museum’s comprehensive and engaging educational and experiential learning programs offer scholars an accurate view of our state’s industry, agriculture, economy, decorative arts and home-life from the period.
Learning Results Museum Program Compliance: All Museum programs have been developed to satisfy standards set by 2007 Maine Learning Results. All program participants are provided with lesson plans for the activities that state the objectives, goals and procedures of each activity with the connections to Maine’s Learning Results. Field Trip Experiences include a hands-on component.
Field Trip Experiences
Field Trip Experiences cost $2 per person with one free chaperon accompanying every 10 students. Homeschool groups may have one free chaperon for each family/homeschool unit. Additional chaperons cost $2 per person. Programs last one hour. Museum staff select hands-on activities based on group age/grade and group size. Minimum group size is 10: Maximum group size is 30 students. For larger groups, we offer assistance booking other field trip destination sites on campus. Larger groups, up to 45 students, can book our Do & Discover program. Please book two weeks in advance by calling 581.4100, placing an online request or returning the downloadable request form to Page Museum, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5787.
Pin Money and Cash Crops
Tour the haying, lumbering, ice harvesting, maple sugaring and Farnsworth’s General Store exhibitions focusing on ways self-sufficient families competed and survived economically in rural Maine during the Industrial Period.
The Folk on the Farm
Tour of the Maine Experiment Station Barn including the Kitchen, Parlor, Bedroom, General Store and Folk Art exhibitions. This program illustrates the roles individual members played within the family and includes examinations of division of labor by gender, family traditions, seasonal practices, cultural values, food and clothing trends; giving children a deeper understanding of the differences in day to day family life between today and the pre World War II family.
Tour the Schoolhouse, Grange Hall, General Store, Parlor, Dairy, Medicinal and Spinning and Weaving exhibitions and discuss community fellowship, the emphasis on the family, women’s roles and rights, the pure food movement, scientific advancement and other social values that dominated Maine society at the turn of the twentieth century.
From Family Farm to Agricultural Empire
Agriculture underwent a major transformation, along with the industrialization of virtually every other industry in the United States. Maine farms that began the antebellum period as small, family-run, and mostly self-sufficient developed into large, family-run, single crop capitalist ventures. Children went off to college or moved to the cities to work in mills. Farms had to adopt new technologies in order to replace lost labor and survive. Those that did not became part of the large, successful farms that did industrialize. Tour the Dairy, Field Crop, Haying, Poultry and Weaving exhibitions to witness evidence of this transformation from family farm to agricultural empire.
Do and Discover
Students embark on a super fun mystery hunt through the Museum! Students draw on clues to locate exhibitions and access information on key concepts involving the artifacts and folkways presented within those exhibits. Students must work together to accomplish this task and communicate their interpretations of the exhibitions before proceeding through the hunt. No hands on component. Maximum groups size is 40 students. Not offered December 1 – March 31.
Six Simple Machines
Pulley, Wheel, Inclined Plane, Screw, Wedge and Lever. Tour of the simple machines in use in the home and on the farm before the advent of electricity. Students use artifacts to demonstrate how simple machines functioned to make life easier in this time period. Maximum groups size is 40 students.
Fiber and Folk Art
Discussions and hands-on demonstrations of spinning wool, weaving, and two Early American Decoration techniques: stenciling and Tole painting. Students participate in a hands-on workshop designed to illustrate the socioeconomic function of these two art forms in agrarian New England pre-industrial society.
School Days, School Days, Dear Old Golden Rule Days
Seasonally, up to 12 scholars go to school in the former Holden South District Schoolhouse and learn what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse in 1867. The day includes morning and afternoon lessons, recess and recitations. Children learn to make ink and write with pen and nib, do “slate work,” and learn about nineteenth century manners and morals. Recess includes playing with a collection of historic toys and playing such games as, “Buzz, Buzz,” or, “Four Corners.” Not offered October 1 – April 30.
Outreach kits are available to teachers for classroom use for up to two weeks. The $50 Rental fee includes one-way shipping via UPS. Schools are responsible for return shipping costs or delivery.
offers lessons and materials to support investigation of fiber farming and textile traditions in Maine. Through a series of standards-aligned activities, k-8 students will learn about Maine’s fiber animals and fiber farms. Learners will experience a variety of processes for transforming raw fiber into finished products, as they e xplore the cultural influences that shaped tools and techniques for braiding, handspinning, weaving, felting, and other arts applications essential to Maine’s vibrant fiber history and current economy.
School Days, School Days, Dear Old Golden Rule Days
Early Common Schools classroom exhibit including an exhibit plan and installation materials. Included with the exhibit are reference materials and evaluation tools, daily lesson plans with hand-on activities, early textbooks, slates and other material.