The Greene County Historical Society Junior Historian Program

Duration: June through August Mondays & Saturdays from 9:00am - 3:00pm 
Location: Greene County Historical Society and Museum 
918 Rolling Meadows Rd, Waynesburg, PA 15370 
Description: The GCHS Junior Historian Program gives students in grades seven through twelve, an opportunity to learn about the history of Greene County, Pennsylvania and the United States. The objective of the program is to develop future historians and make learning history fun. 

The Junior Historian Program would institute a free, fun learning environment for students to learn more about local history through craftsmen, archaeologists, genealogists, researchers and the Greene County Historical Society’s Display Committee. The two components of the program are an archaeological dig on GCHS Museum grounds and educational modules. The modules will consist of classes and workshops on archaeology, genealogy, living history, archival preservation and exhibit construction. The Junior Historians will take part in the history educational program designed especially for them that will address the following questions:

  • What a historical society and museums are about
  • What occupations have developed for the "Study of History"
  • How Greene County was formed and developed
  • How families lived
  • How to preserve the past and the present for future generations

Students in the program will use this knowledge to work on three exhibits: an archaeological exhibit, a genealogical exhibit and a local history exhibit. The Junior Historians will participate in the following additional activities to understand the past better:

  • Learning historic crafts through demonstrations like quilting, wool production, farming and blacksmithing.
  • Workshops on archaeology which will include a dig site on the museum grounds which will document historic artifacts that were part of the Poor Farm’s past.
  • Learning about students family’s history to understand who their ancestors were, how they lived and where they fit in local history through the use of the museum archives and online programs like Ancestry.com.
  • Students will also be able to use the museum archives and collections for research on little known but historically prominent people from Greene County for use on the GCHS Museum Facebook page.
  • Creating physical models of history and imagining the past, students will learn how to arrange and plan out exhibits for display of local history and people.

 

Interested students should contact the museum administrator with a 500 word essay on why they will like to participate in the Junior Historian Program. Deadline is March 1st.

 

Contact Us

Greene County
Historical Society

email: gchsmuseum@greenecountyhistory.com

918 Rolling Meadows Road
Waynesburg, PA 15370

724 627-3204

 

Admission

Adults: $7

Chldren 6-12 & Seniors(60+): $5

Children Under 6
& Members: Free

 

Hours of Operation

November 1-April 24 2017

Open by Appointment Only

April 25- October 31 2017

Tuesday Through Saturday

10:00am - 3:00pm

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