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The ability to listen, speak, read and write well was as important in 19th-century American life as it is today, and opportunities for your students to develop these skills in an engaging environment are plentiful throughout Genesee Country Village & Museum. Our programs offer many opportunities for reading and listening for facts and ideas, and your students' experiences in the 19th century can form the basis for back-in-the-classroom written analysis and oral presentations.
The John L. Wehle Art Gallery offers yet more changes for observing and reflecting as students view masterworks by some of the world's finest wildlife artists. It also contains one of thebest privately held collections of historic clothing in the country.
The Genesee Country Nature Center is a wonderful resource for connecting to nature and to the 19th-century literature that focused on people's relationship with the natural environment. Its quiet trails through varied habitats provide inspiration for reflective writing, or for short reports, journal writing or persuasive essays once you return to the classroom.
NYS Learning Standards:
ELA1: Language for Information and Understanding
ELA2: Language for Literary Response and Expression
ELA3: Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation
ELA4: Language for Social Interaction
Can't make it to the museum? Let us bring our “Moveable Museum” programs to you. These in-classroom learning experiences are excellent on their own or as a pre- or post-visit experience to enhance the lessons of your field trip.
Museum educators bring touchable, usable objects to your classroom in connection with standards-relevant themed programs specially designed to fit with your curriculum. Programs are designed for small class-sized groups and last 45-60 minutes.
19th-Century Music (Grades 2-12)
All music in the 19th century was live and unplugged. With the guidance of a museum educator, your students will learn about musical instruments available in the 19th century, including the American reed organ, autoharp and pennywhistle, and they will discover the social and historical contexts of familiar patriotic songs and folk songs from America and abroad.
The Little Red Schoolhouse (Grades 4-8)
Let us turn your classroom into a 19th-century oneroom schoolhouse. Our museum educator reminds students of the rules of discipline while guiding them through their lessons. They are asked to engage in cooperative learning, practice their penmanship, use a slate and read stories from a McGuffey reader.
Quilt Story (Preschool-Grade 3)
Our museum educator uses quilts to bring to life the touching story of a 19th-century girl and her quilt. Based on The Quilt Story written by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Tomie dePaola.
History in the Kitchen (Grades 7-12)
A museum cook shows how she uses 19th-century cookbooks, household inventories, diaries, and letters to recreate menus of the past and to understand how people prepared, stored and served their food. She brings receipts (recipes) as well as examples of cookware and other kitchen utensils to illustrate this most “tasteful” approach to learning about the past.
The Language of Flowers (Grades 7-12)
Learn about one of the most enchanting customs of the 19th century–communicating through flowers instead of words. From the four-leaf clover to the red rose, each was used to communicate a specific thought or feeling. Our museum educator brings examples of flowers and engages your students in making 19th-century-style tussie mussies (bouquets).
GCVM is open 10 am-4 pm Tues.-Sun.
Closed Mondays except for May 27, Sept. 2 & Oct. 14