Landis Valley School Workshops
The educational hands-on workshops at Landis Valley Museum offer something for every student. Workshops run 45 minutes, and are available Tuesdays through Fridays during the spring and fall. They may be scheduled at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30, and require a pre-paid reservation. Workshops are geared to a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 32 students.
For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Sheri Brown, Education Coordinator.
Send your class to school 1890's style. Our authentic one-room Maple Grove schoolhouse was relocated from a local site. A schoolmarm in period costume will give your students lessons from the late 1800's in subjects such as arithmetic, spelling, and reading. This workshop is geared to children in 2nd through 8th grades.
A Farm Child's Sampler
This workshop allows students to explore the chores and activities that would have filled their lives in the early 1800's. Students can try their hand at things such as flint and steel, quilting, roping a bed, and period toys and games. Recommended for grades 1 through 6.
Learn about 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania Dutch use of dyes for clothing. Students will prepare a dye bath from plant material and then try their hands at dying a piece of cotton cloth. This workshop is suited to students in grades 2 through 8.
From Wool to Weaving
Students will hear the story of wool processing, 1800's style, from the sheep to fabric. They will then have an opportunity to try carding fresh wool, spinning wool into yarn, and weaving on a loom. This workshop is directed to students from K through 9th grades.
Tossed Treasures; Digging up the Past
This workshop allows students to explore the work of archaeologists. Students will study archaeology terms, find and classify objects, and then draw conclusions about their finds. Not only will students learn about the objects they uncover, but they will also learn how discarded objects can leave clues about the people who left them. This workshop is geared to students in grades 4 through 12.
Pennsylvania German Folk Art
Students are given the opportunity to learn about and explore one of two folk art traditions. Teachers may choose Fraktur or Reverse Glass Painting activities. This workshop is recommended for students in grades 4 through 12.
Little Lambs Workshop
This activity is geared to pre-school and Kindergarten-aged students. Children will go on a guided exploration of the farms and animals of Landis Valley, gather wool, and finish with a special woolly-lamb art project.