Hands On History

Grades 2-3

This program is located at the Campbell Historical Museum and allows students to discover the by gone days of the Santa Clara Valley through four interactive exhibit stations focusing the following themes: Community, Home Life, Recreation, and Work. The program is interactive for students, allowing them the opportunity to experience history through their senses and critical thinking skills.

Program Includes

  • Four interactive exhibit stations

  • Community: General Store explores life before large supermarkets: students barter with a shop keeper, explore hands on items that would be found in a General Store

  • Home Life: Key Ingredients follows the six women from the Ohlone (pre-European contact) to present day: Students listen to short oral narratives and compare women's and domestic roles through the centuries, explore hands on vintage domestic tools and create their own plate with old fashioned recipes.

  • Recreation: Parades and Exhibits explores how these recreational activities bring communities together: Students create their own parade, explore hands on items and vintage parade videos.

  • Work: Connecting a Nation: How Mail Was the First Social Network. This exhibit explores the History of the Post Office and the Campbell's important role in establishing Rural Free Mail Delivery. Students will have a chance to make their own stamps, criss cross letters, sort mail, play post office, learn about different modes of transportation that the PO used to transport mail, and more.

  • Make and Take items: Canned Coin Bank & Coloring books

  • Vintage festival picnic snack served

  • Washing clothes in old fashioned wringer washtub.

Program Information

  • Program costs $120 for 20 students or less. If over 20, the additional fee is $6 per student, teachers and chaperones are free.

  • Program requires a minimum of 4 chaperones who will lead the groups at the four exhibit stations.

  • Class will be divided into four groups and will rotate through each of the exhibit stations.

  • We can accommodate double classes if that is necessary for your school; however, please be aware that we are a small museum and may run out of resources and space. If two classes are coming at one time, we do require a minimum of 8 chaperones (2 per exhibit)

  • The program is typically a 3 hour program. Please be aware of this when making your transportation arrangements. Classes are allowed to eat lunches outside the museum on the benches or across the street on the grass at Orchard City Green near the Campbell Library.

  • If you are applying for a transportation or admission grant from the Foundation, they are on a first come basis and are offered until funds run out.

  • If you need to cancel or reschedule a field trip, you must contact Kerry Perkins at kerryp@cityofcampbell.com.

  • Payment can be made by check or cash. We do not accept credit cards. Please let Kerry Perkins know if you need an invoice. Payment is due on or before your scheduled field trip. Checks can be made out to the Campbell Historical Museum.

Program Schedule

  • 9:00 AM

  • Arrival

  • Class waits outside for Museum Staff to greet class.

  • 9:00-9:30 AM

  • Staff will provide orientation and expectations during program.

  • Students watch short film on the history of Campbell with teacher while staff trains chaperones to lead the four exhibit stations.

  • Teacher (or designated chaperone) will stay in orientation area and play artifact vocabulary game after video ends.

  • 9:30-11:30 AM

  • Group activities at each exhibit station: Community, Home Life, Recreation, Work

  • Each station is 25 minutes.

  • Students divided into four groups to rotate through each station.

  • Each station has a introduction, an interactive activity, and hands-on artifacts

  • 11:30 AM (or a little later)

  • Conclusion with staff wrap up and questions

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The  Campbell Museums' mission is to interpret and preserve the history of the Campbell area from its early beginnings to today and to relate that history within the context of the Santa Clara Valley region.

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Campbell Historical Museum & Ainsley House

51 N. Central Ave

Campbell, CA 95008


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