Education coordinator Amy Pollicino helps a student with some nautical knots.

Students and classes from pre-school through community college are especially welcome visitors at the Coos History Museum. Our staff and volunteers view history not as a catalog of facts to be memorized, but as an intriguing puzzle and possible guide to our future.

Class visits from school groups are welcome by arrangement. We recommend teachers plan trips or tours at least 2 weeks in advance. You can call the museum at (541) 756-6320 or email us at to arrange a visit. We are also happy to help teachers who would like to develop grade-appropriate lessons using our resources.

Our school programs create opportunities for students to reinforce classroom learning with external resources. We combine elements from our exhibits, images, and archives, and visits to local historical and cultural sites, to help students discover the relevance of local history. Our programs are geared to Oregon’s state content standards.

We currently provide structured, multi-part programs for all 4th and 5th graders within our region. We also offer community education programs at the museum in conjunction with Southwestern Oregon Community College as well as once-a-month public speaker programs on a variety of topics.

Our Fourth Grade Program


Each spring our 4th grade program focuses on the history and continuing traditions of our local tribes: The Coquille Indian Tribe and The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. The program, developed and delivered in partnership with the tribes. This program introduces students to the first people of Oregon, with an emphasis on our tribes being a contemporary and active part of our communities today. 

The 4th and 5th grade programs, along with other supportive educational materials, are currently being reworked to better align with the exciting changes to come with the implementation of SB13 curriculum. This new curriculum is due to reach Coos County schools in the 2019/2020 school year.

(click image to see overview of SB13) 

Our Fifth Grade Program

Identity, Perspective, and History

George Tinker explains why the proof press has “The quick brown fox jumping over the lazy dog” at the Marshfield Sun Printing Museum! The Sun has been a long standing partner, enhancing our 5th grade program and other tours.

Our 5th grade program focuses on how a student’s identity shapes the way they think and feel about history. This two part program has an hour lesson implemented in the classroom, which explores what makes up a person’s identity. Kids think about what makes them special and unique as well as what they may have in common with their classmates and community members. This lesson prepares students to be able to analyze the identities of folks that lived and worked on our historical Front Street, when they visit the Marshfield Sun Printing Museum. They then walk over to the Coos History Museum to compare and contrast the identities of some contemporary Pacific Northwestern people, before having time to explore our exhibit hall.

For more detailed information about this lesson email:

Our Community Partners and Volunteers

Volunteer John Engels describes the logging technology of the museum’s steam donkey and shares his blacksmithing know how from his high school days.

Development, planning, and delivery of each school program is achieved through hours of work by community partners and volunteers including: The Coquille Indian Tribe, The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw, The Sun Marshfield Printing Museum, Little Theater on the Bay, educators throughout Coos County, and our museum’s Education Committee and volunteers. A special thanks to the Mast Family Endowment for partial funding of our 4th and 5th grade programs.

Have an idea for a program?

We are glad to host programs like Oregon Humanities Conversation Project and others. We will be hosting these conversations throughout the year, and welcome suggestions for discussion topics relevant to our community members.

As a community educational space we welcome ideas for lectures, documentary screenings, workshops, focused tours, exhibits, classes, and other educational en devours!

Email our Education Coordinator at

We are happy to share the winners of our Creative Writing Competition.

Click the link, to read our adult and student winner’s work!