Explore: Museum Field Trips

How Better to Learn History Than to Experience History?

Utilize the wonderful resources to available inside and outside the Museum!

On-site programs incorporate:

  • Hands-on learning and group discussion to expand students’ understandings of local, state, and national history. Programs last roughly 90 minutes.
  • Using the Museum’s 8 historic structures, including the Lapham-Patterson House, and extensive archival and artifact collections, students can explore the past through activities, games, discussion, and primary source analysis.
  • Each program incorporates the current Georgia Performance Standards for Social Studies.
  • Grades 2-12
  • New in 2017
    • Basement & Fall-Out Shelter: The basement multi-purpose room of the Museum has undergone a full renovation and will be available as a “classroom” space. Included in this space is an authentic 1950s Fall Out Shelter, constructed by the Roberts family who lived at 725 N. Dawson from the late 1930s through the late 1960s.
    • Learning Garden: Located behind the Joyner House, the raised beds will supplement our interpretation of Thomas County’s agricultural past and features vegetables, herbs, and cotton!

When, Where, & How Much

  • Programs are free to schools and students located within Thomas County
    • Students from outside Thomas County: fee of $1/student + $3/chaperone
  • Maximum of 60 students per visit
    • Groups larger than 60 must schedule a split visit. – for example, half can go on a Landmarks field session and half can visit the Museum and/or Lapham-Patterson House, then switch
  • Field trips available Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
  • Each program begins with a 10-minute introduction to local history topics using archival images and maps from the Museum’s collections
  • Instructors can choose three “rotations” including the Lapham-Patterson House

Some sample Field Trip Themes:

  • Our Story: Thomas County History
  • The First People: Native Americans in South Georgia
  • South Georgia’s Pioneers
  • The Victorians: Thomasville’s Resort Era
  • We the People: Democracy & Voting in Thomas County

Add on activities: Museum Scavenger Hunt, Traditional Games & Toys, Croquet, Archaeology, Log House fire/cooking (additional fee of $50/group), etc.

TCHS Education Offerings 2017-2018

 Please include the total number of students in your inquiry.