2021 Virtual Pioneer Program

Over the past few months Dearborn Historical Museum staff have been hard at work developing a virtual field trip experience to take the place of our annual in-person Pioneer Program Field Trip! This year’s virtual experience combines short video segments replicating the usual Pioneer Program experience with activities, projects, history, and games that will show students what life was like during pioneer times in Wayne County. It was made to be adaptable, to meet the needs of students learning from home or in the classroom.

Everything teachers will need for the field trip can be found on this web page, and on the Museum’s YouTube channel. Teachers can upload Pioneer Program videos and PDFs to their Schoology platforms to share with students working from home, or utilize the material while in the classroom.

If you have any questions regarding our Pioneer Program field trip, please reach out to Loren Harvey at lharvey@ci.dearborn.mi.us or (313) 565-3000. Thank you for all of your hard work over the last year, and we hope that you enjoy this virtual field trip experience!

Pioneer Program Information

Teacher Information & Planning Materials

Listed below is everything that teachers will need to plan for our virtual Pioneer Program, including our 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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