LEARN

The museum offers a variety of educational programs for all ages throughout the year.


Brown Bag Lunch/Local Lore

2018 Lecture Series

presented in partnership with the dekalb county history center

partially funded by the mary e. stevens concert and lecture fund

Brown Bag Lunch/Local Lore is a series of lecture programs related to history, collections care, and historic preservation. Once a month, a knowledgeable speaker will present an hour-long program at a site in DeKalb County. All programs are free of charge and open to the public.

November Lecture:
THE STORY OF THE WWII DRONE IN DEKALB
Thursday, November 1, 12:00 PM (Doors open 11:30 AM)
Speaker: Roger Keys
Location: Ellwood House Visitor Center

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Ellwood Explorers

generously funded by the cy miller foundation

Ellwood Explorers is a series of family programs offered each summer between the months of May and August. All programs are free of charge and last approximately one hour. Programs will take place rain or shine. Thank you to everyone who attended our 2018 programs, the 2019 schedule will be posted early next year.

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School Tours

Cost

School field trips are free of charge.

Times

We prefer to host field trips in the morning and can begin as early as 9:00 AM. School tours cannot be scheduled for 1:00 PM or 3:00 PM. School tours are available Tuesday through Friday. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Chaperones

We appreciate chaperones, but we ask that you limit parent chaperones to 2 adults per visit. This number does not include teachers and staff.

Food & Drink

Bagged lunches can be brought with you and eaten on the grounds. The Hearthside Room in the Visitor Center may be available as a backup in case of inclement weather. Please contact our office about using the meeting room.

Special Programming

We offer tours specifically designed for grades 2nd through 5th. Please see below for details.

Time Travelers

2nd Grade Program

Students will discover how historical documents and artifacts can lead to answers to historical questions. During a guided tour of the mansion, students will learn how the building itself is a historical artifact that provides a look into the past.

program purpose

Students will be introduced to Isaac Ellwood and the barbed wire industry in DeKalb, learning how barbed wire impacted the lives of the Ellwood family and why Isaac Ellwood was important to the development of DeKalb.

Program Logistics

The program lasts 90 minutes. Please call our office at 815-756-4609 or email Audrey King at king@ellwoodhouse.org for more information or to book this program.

Hard Work

4TH & 5TH GRADE PROGRAM

Students see and feel what life was like for those individuals who worked for the Ellwood family around the turn of the twentieth century. While touring the mansion's work areas and staff living quarters, students will try hands-on some of the jobs done by staff members.

program PURPOSE

The program familiarizes students with differences in lifestyle between the Ellwood family and their working class staff. Students will gain an appreciation for the complexity and physicality of working at the Ellwood House. Students will also learn about the immigration experience and how education, language, and practical skills determine the types of jobs available to the Ellwood House staff.

PROGRAM LOGISTICS

The program lasts 90 minutes. Please call our office at 815-756-4609 or email Audrey King at king@ellwoodhouse.org for more information or to book this program.