LEARN

The Ellwood House Museum offers educational programs for learners of all ages. 

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. The 2017 Ellwood Explorers series has concluded. The 2018 program schedule will be posted in the spring.


School Tours

At the root of our tours and programs is an emphasis on the story of the Ellwood House, the history of the Ellwood family, their barbed wire business, and the exploration of our collective history.

Cost

School field trips are free of charge.

Group Size

The maximum group size we can accommodate is 45 students. If you would like to bring more than 45 students, please book them in two groups in back to back sessions, or in two groups on two separate days.

Chaperones

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

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.

Food & Drink

Bagged lunches can be brought with you and eaten on the grounds. The Visitor Center meeting room 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.

History Detectives

Become a detective! Be assigned a lead investigator who will walk you through the Ellwood Mansion and guide you on your
fact-finding mission.

2nd and 3rd Grade Program

Students have the opportunity to examine historic photographs and objects within the mansion to discover what families did for fun one hundred years ago. Tour the Ellwood House to see significant pieces of family history passed down through multiple generations.

The purpose of this program

To introduce students to Isaac Ellwood and the barbed wire industry in DeKalb, explaining why the mansion exists today, and why Isaac Ellwood was important. Introducing students to historic photographs and artifacts in order to seek out answers to historical questions. Touring the mansion to gain a greater understanding of historic pastimes, hobbies, and entertainment through the examination of the historic house and artifacts. Students will recognize how the pastimes of the past relate to their lives today.

Program Logistics

The program is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Please allow for 2 hours to be spent at the museum. 45 students max per group visit. Please call our office 815-756-4609 or email Scott Tews at tews@ellwoodhouse.org for more information or to book this program.

Hard Work

Learn to properly set the dining room table, write a menu, change a diaper and more. You better learn your jobs quickly & efficiently, as there is no room for error when you are a servant.

4TH AND 5TH GRADE PROGRAM

Students see and feel what life was like for those individuals who worked for the Ellwood family. Try out jobs done by Ellwood House staff. Learn to properly set the dining room table, write a menu, change a diaper and more. Tour the Ellwood House's interesting work areas in the basement and view the staff living quarters on multiple levels of the mansion.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAM

To familiarize students with differences in lifestyle between the Ellwood family and their working class servants/staff. Students will gain an appreciation for the complexity and physicality of working at 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 is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Please allow for 2 hours to be spent at the museum. 45 students max per group visit. Please call our office 815-756-4609 or email Scott Tews at tews@ellwoodhouse.org for more information or to book this program.