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 x216 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
Our Fifth Grade Program
Identity, Perspective, and History
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: Education@cooshistory.org
We are excited to help prepare Coos County and surrounding districts for the adoption of new curriculum coming in the 2019/2020 school year. Click the image above to reach the Oregon.gov site, which elaborates more on what this bill means for Oregon schools, as well as linking webinars detailing curriculum for teachers, and links for public comment on this bill.
Indians in Oregon Today
Understanding Family History