The Pioneer School Program

Each spring, the museum welcomes nearly 1,500 second grade students from Dearborn Public Schools, and other area schools, to participate in the Pioneer School Program field-trip to the Dearborn Historical Museum. This program helps to show students what life was like in Wayne County for settlers during the 1830s. It includes four interactive stations: butter churning, planting seeds, writing on chalk boards in a one-room school house, and learning about how Dearborn has changed over the years.

This program is dependent on volunteers and sponsorships. If you are interested in supporting this program, please contact Christopher Clough at cclough@ci.dearborn.mi.us or (313) 565-3000.

Pioneer Program Sponsors

Please join us in thanking our generous program sponsors.

Virtual Pioneer Program Option

Teacher Information & Planning Materials

Want to check out the Pioneer School Program virtually? Listed below is everything that you may need to plan for our virtual Pioneer Program, including our Field Trip Guide, Pre & Post-Visit Activities List, Content Standards List, & Resource List. Click on the links below to download the PDF and save them to your computer.

Pioneer Program Activities

Listed below are activities available for students to complete during their Pioneer Program Field Trip experience. Each of these activities match-up with a video lesson available on the Museum’s YouTube channel. More information on this can be found on page 6 of your Field Trip Guide. Click on the links below to download the PDFs and save them to your computer. Once downloaded, PDFs can be printed out for students to use in the classroom or uploaded to Schoology to share virtually.

Pioneer Program Games

Listed below are two games available for students to play during their Pioneer Program Field Trip experience. They match-up with a video lesson available on the Museum’s YouTube channel. More information on this can be found on page 6 of your Field Trip Guide. Click on the links below to download the PDFs and save them to your computer. Once downloaded, PDFs can be printed out for students to use in the classroom or uploaded to Schoology to share virtually.

Pioneer Program Art Projects

Listed below are two art projects available for students to create during their Pioneer Program Field Trip experience. They match-up with video lessons available on the Museum’s YouTube channel. More information on this can be found on page 6 of your Field Trip Guide. Click on the links below to download the PDFs and save them to your computer. Once downloaded, PDFs can be printed out for students to use in the classroom or uploaded to Schoology to share virtually.

Primary Resources

Below are primary resources from the Museum’s collection, including photos, artifacts, book passages, and interviews, that can be used to help students learn about pioneer life in Wayne County during the 1800’s.

Interview

Book Passages

Bark Covered House Drawings

Photographs: One-Room School House

Photographs: Old Chicago Road & Saulk Trail

Photographs: Pioneers Of Dearborn Maps

Photographs: Log Cabins

Photographs: The Detroit Arsenal

Artifacts