The Lowell Area Historical Museum offers a wide selection of educational programs, experiences and resources. Programs are listed with recommended grade levels.
Many programs can be adapted to other grades if desired.
To schedule a program or order teacher led materials please contact us at lplank@lowellmuseum.org or 616-897-7688 or fill out the online form below.


Museum Taught Programs:
Museum Tour
Third Grade School Tour 1, 2005
Grades 1-5
Compare and contrast items from the past to items used today. Students tour the museum learning how people in Lowell lived in various eras comparing them to modern life.
This tour can be adapted to meet the specific needs of your class and its curriculum. Please discuss when booking your tour.
Grandma's Trunk

grandmas trunk

Grade 2
Using an antique travel trunk filled with historical objects, Grandma’s Trunk is a unique and exciting way of helping students begin to understand our historical past. Using historical objects such as a flat iron, butter churn and a corn planter, the presenters weave a story of the typical Michigan pioneer work-week. Using the belief that children learn best when multiple senses are involved in learning, each child will have the opportunity to handle and manipulate the items from Grandma’s Trunk. An Activity Book provides post visit learning and reinforces the experience.

2-H2.0.4 Changes in local community over time

3-H3.0.1 Questions to examine the past

3-H3.0.5 How settlers adapted to, used and modified their environment

3-H3.0.7Daily life reenacted

Native American Life-ways

native american

Grade 3
Native American Lifeways  features a fur trading post with an Odawa encampment nearby. Students learn about the lives of local Odawa in this class. They immerse themselves into the past and learn by doing.

3-H3.0.1 Questions to examine the past

3-H3.0.4 Traditional stories of the Odawa

3-H3.0.5How the American Indian adapted to, used and modified their environment     

3-H3.0.6 Interaction between Odawa and explorers and settlers      

3-H3.0.7Daily life reenacted

3-H3.0.10  Beginning of the timeline of known people in Michigan



Pioneer Farming
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Grades 3
Pioneer Farming is taught out of a mobile barn.  Inside, is a wide selection of old  farming tools and additional work stations. Hands on: saw a log, pump water, grind wheat, shell corn, use a pulley. Shows life cycle of wheat from planting to flour. Students experience what life on a farm was like.

3-H3.0.1 Questions to examine the past

3-H3.0.5 How settlers adapted to, used and modified their environment

3-H3.0.7Daily life reenacted

3-G4.0.1 Economic activity factors influencing agriculture

4-H3.0.1 Investigate development of major economic system-agriculture

Fur Trade
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Grade 3
Fur Trade explores the relationship between local Native Americans and European fur trade networks.

3-H3.0.1 Questions to examine the past

3-H3.0.5 How settlers adapted to, used and modified their environment

3-H3.0.6   Will describe the interaction between the Native Americans and the traders using a display of trade goods

3-H3.0.8   Will use case studies and stories of local fur traders – Madame LaFramboise and/or Daniel Marsac

3-EI.0.1  How did scarcity, opportunity, and choices affect what the Native American consumed

L.OL.03.42  Classify animals on the basis of observable characteristics:  fur color, pelt size, fur coarseness

Music of the time – violin and Indian flute

Michigan History Days 

Native American Village, 2010

Grade 4
Students participate in Michigan History Days topics by exploring in depth Native American and early settler history. A recreated Odawa village allows for a unique exploration of the past.
Maple Syrup Program

Maple Syrup Luanne w stump and children

Grade 2
 Maple syrup explores how maple syrup has been traditionally made. Taught at the Wittenbach Nature Center, students learn how Native Americans and early settlers collected sap and turned it into syrup and sugar. This program is available seasonally only. Please call for details.
 Museum Immersion Program

The Immersion Program is currently offered to all 3rd grade classes in the Lowell Area School District. For additional information contact the museum.

Chronicle Museum Immersion article

Teacher led programs and materials:
Tours are designed to be teacher led.
Resource kits may be checked out from the Museum for one-two weeks.
Kits are designed to be used in the classroom by the teacher.
Resources, lesson ideas, and templates are provided.

Museum Scavenger Hunt

scavenger hunt

   All Grades
Use this scavenger hunt list of hints and questions to guide your class through a trip to the museum. Questions are designed to encourage students to look closely at exhibits in each area of the museum.

Historic District Walking Tour

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All Grades
Take your class on a self guided tour of the history of downtown Lowell. The tour centers on the historic district and spotlights interesting businesses, events and facts about the community.

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NEW!  Resource Kits

Family Tree Detective

IMG_00821st Grade

The Family Tree Detective kit includes resources and activities for students to explore primary and secondary sources while learning about their own family history. Activities include making a family tree, mapping a family and more.

Community Building

k3 hooker mill2nd Grade

The Community Building kit explores key individuals and businesses in Lowell's history. Students will get to learn why businesses were located where they were, how individuals changed their community and explore how they would solve a community problem.


Native Americans and Settlers

Robinson Seth Eunice, 18563rd Grade

The Native American and Settlers kit will use a variety of primary ands secondary sources to explore the history and interaction of the local Odawa and early settlers.

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