Campus Martius Museum

Workshops and museum tours for educational groups are available year round. These programs supplement early Marietta and post-Revolutionary War frontier history for students in grades 3-8, though programs can be adjusted to any age level. Programs are designed to help schools meet the Ohio Academic Content Standards. We can “customize” any of the programs to fit your time schedule. They are hands-on, interactive programs.

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Campus Martius Museum Programs:

  • Putnam House / Conestoga Wagon
    • Students will learn about wagon travel in the 19th century. The museum’s “Buck Family” Conestoga Wagon serves as the backdrop for contrasting overland travel methods through frontier history. A guided tour of the Putnam House (a restored portion of the original stockade, Campus Martius) helps students imagine what life was like for the people who lived in Marietta’s first colony from 1788-1795.
  • Candle dipping
    • Students will learn about the different materials that were used to make candles in the Pioneer Days. Students will receive a pre-dipped candle made of beeswax and paraffin, and experience, first-hand, the act of hand-dipping candles in melted wax.
  • Pioneer Clothing
    • Participants will examine, try on and learn about different types of clothing from the museum’s costume collection of the 1700’s. Compare with today’s styles, and pose by the Conestoga Wagon, loom, or Land Office for a great photo opportunity.
  • Military Drills & Arms
    • Description of weapons carried by Revolutionary soldiers and frontiersman, followed by basic parade drills practiced by soldiers and militia, offer the participants a look at how our pioneers defended themselves and survived the wilderness.
  • Ohio Wildlife 1780’s
    • In this program, students will learn about changes in animal populations and handle furs from animals encountered in the early years of the Marietta colony. The fur trade, and how it affected the local inhabitants will be discussed. In addition, students will mold an animal footprint using Crayola Magic.
  • Transportation Into the Frontier
    • Early settlers arrived in Marietta by boat and by wagon, on horseback and by foot. Students will learn about these modes of transportation, their advantages, disadvantages and dangers through a tour of museum exhibits.

  • Quill Pens, Hornbooks and One-Room Schools
    • In this make-and-take program, participants will learn about quill writing, practice with a quill pen and create a design on paper suitable for framing. Students will also learn how hornbooks were made and used, and what it was like in the first schools of the Northwest Territory.
  • Weaving
    • Students will examine cotton, wool, Linsey Woolsey and linen, and learn what materials were used to make cloth, rugs and ribbon. Participants will be given their own hand loom, and learn basic weaving in this make-and-take program.
  • Ohio’s Paleo-Americans 800BC – 1650CE
    • In this program, students study a timeline exhibit that examines native cultures from Ohio’s prehistoric times. Artifacts used to understand the lives of these groups will be displayed, and local archaeological findings will be discussed.
  • Ohio’s Post-Contact Woodland Indian Culture 1650CE-1795CE
    • Examining a two-tiered timeline, students will learn about native Ohio tribes’ encounter with the first Anglo-explorers, and be able to describe other historical events going on in the world in the 18th century. Artifacts from this time period, and discussion of the impact that Anglo-settlers had on natives will be the focus.
  • Fossils of the Valley
    • How are fossils formed? What fossils are found in the Mid-Ohio Valley? Why is a Dimetrodon not a dinosaur? Students will handle fossils from area excavations, and learn about the vertebrates that lived in the Permian era that is exposed here in the valley. Students will mold an area fossil using Crayola Magic.

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