Home School

Program Availability:
Mornings 10:00-11:00 AM
Afternoons 1:00-2:00 PM


Minimum: 8 Students
Maximum of 15 people per session

Students are invited to set out on an architecture walk to study our community’s history through architecture.

Students will:

  • Discover the unique architectural styles of the Astor Historic District through an age-appropriate scavenger hunt.
  • Examine different styles of houses and building materials and learn some basic architectural terms.
  • Create their own sketch of an ideal home utilizing their newly discovered design skills.

By the end of the program, students will be able to reflect on how different housing styles can influence the historical growth of a city.

Throughout the 19th century there were no television sets or video games, but children found plenty of games to play. Children played guessing games, word games, and board games referred to as parlor games. Outdoor games included many games still played today.

Students will:

  • Engage in a scavenger hunt through Hazelwood to discover artifacts the Martin family used throughout their lives.
  • Play a classic parlor game that many 19th century family and friends would part take in when hosting parties or holidays.
  • Try their hand at several historic toys such as a Ball & Cup, Jacob’s Ladder, and Tops.
  • Enjoy a traditional game outside in Hazelwood’s backyard.

By the end of the program, students will be able to use their knowledge & creativity to design their own game.

Students will use historical images as their primary documents to learn about a variety of themes. This program is an interactive, historical exploration that uses and highlights the Brown County Historical Society’s digital archive collection. A variety of themes are available to correspond to individual interests. While the Society’s images are local, they provide opportunities for discussion of national issues such as transportation, WWI, WWII, urbanization, and preservation.

During the Victorian Era, manner were of the upmost importance. To be accepted in society, one had to follow the “do’s and don’ts” of proper etiquette. Students are invited to learn to be a proper lady or gentleman of the 19th century.

At this visit to Hazelwood students will:

  • Design calling cards and learn about the etiquette of visiting with family, friends, & acquaintances prior to the invention of the telephone.
  • Explore Hazelwood and discover the social rules involved in being proper hosts & guests.
  • Join in a parlor game that tests student’s creativity.
  • Discuss 19th century manners and compare what might be considered old fashioned and what might be useful today.

By the end of the program, students will be able to apply what they learned in a 19th century social etiquette simulation.