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Teacher Resources

Our day-long Living History program gives fourth graders from public, private , and home school groups an opportunity to experience a day at school in 1892. The Eight Square Schoolhouse is the site of program, led by trained schoolteachers using an authentic 1890s curriculum. Students engage in such activities as pen-and-ink penmanship lessons, reading aloud from primers of the day, and outdoor recess with period games. Students are encouraged to dress the part and bring lunches that replicate what their great-great grandparents might have taken to school. Nearly 800 children participate in the program annually.

Teachers and Parents

Prepare for your trip to the Eight Square Schoolhouse by leading your students in the activities found in the Classroom Guide for Teachers and accompnaying slideshow - Going to a One Room School in Tompkins County. Students will learn about Tompkins County in the late 1800s, and get a ‘sneak peak’ of what to expect at our historic site in order to better prepare for their visit, including outhouses and a pump and well. The Classroom Guide also includes information on how to dress children and adults for the day, and how to pack a period lunch.

With any questions, or for further information about how your group can participate, contact Julia Taylor at 273-8284 X229 or


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