Education

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 and other educational 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 x213 or email us at education@cooshistory.org 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 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.

Please explore our educational resources below and feel free to contact us if you need help or more information on one of our programs, activities, or other offerings. 

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 education@cooshistory.org