History to Go Van

History to Go

The Ohio History Connection's History to Go program travels the state bringing Ohio's history to life for thousands of children in schools, libraries, and community centers.  History to Go is a hands-on history experience that includes interactive stations with primary sources and historical thinking activities.  All programs are designed to meet Ohio's New Revised Standards and Common Core Standards.

 

Costs:
Half-day (up to 3 hours): $200.00 + mileage
All-day (up to 6 hours): $350.00 + mileage
One-hour: $75.00 + mileage (Franklin County only)

 

For more information and to register for one of our programs:

Kate Bruck    Manager, History to Go

kbruck@ohiohistory.org

Phone: (614) 297-2523

Fax: (614) 297-2567

 

Download a History to Go registration form:

Click here for Word Document

Click here for PDF Document

Please email or fax your registration form to Kate Bruck

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where should I have the program?

A: Since our programs require plenty of space for the stations and the students we recommend a large area such as a gym or cafeteria.  Setting up the stations in multiple classrooms has also worked well for some teachers.

Q: What do I need to provide?

A: You must provide us with six tables and eight volunteers who can stay during the entire duration of the program.  Volunteers are needed to interact, engage and supervise for each station activity.  Parents, teacher assistants, and older students make great volunteers.  Teachers/program facilitators should not volunteer at the stations.  We want you to have the chance to walk around and experience all of the stations with your students. Volunteers should be present when the Ohio History Connection educator arrives and tables should be set up as well.  The Ohio History Connection educator will have many boxes and other items to bring into the school.  Please provide a clear path without stairs from our van to your program location.

Q: How many students should be at a station?

A: We require that you have no more than 6 students at a station. Students are only at the stations for six minutes so it’s important to keep the groups small.

Q: How long will each program last?

A: Each program is about an hour long.  Students will be at each station for six minutes.  The Ohio History Connection educator will spend about 10 minutes introducing the program to the students and 10 minutes closing the program and answering questions. We also allow for five minutes of travel time between the stations.


 

This year's program is sponsored by Honda of America Mfg., Inc. honda color 2
NEW! Ohio River Valley Tribes: Removal to Today

NEW! Ohio River Valley Tribes: Removal to Today is a continuation of our American Indian Life program.  Students will explore the history and culture of Ohio's unique treaty tribes through primary sources and historical thinking activities.  In this program, students read oral history interviews, examine objects created by a modern day American Indian artist, look at removal maps, and make economic decisions concerning the allocation of tribal funds.  

This program was made possible by a generous grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

We have a limited number of no-cost programs available through December.  Click here for more information.

NEW! Inventions and Innovators

NEW! Inventions and Innovators consists of hands-on historical thinking activities and objects focused on the theme of inventions and inventors from Ohio.  Students will examine various inventions and their patents, and look at their origins during a map activity.  Several of the activities will also require students to put on their thinking caps and get in the mindset of an inventor.  

This program was made possible by a generous grant from Honda of America Mfg., Inc. 

Pioneer Life Experience

Students use primary and secondary sources including: letters, photographs, and maps. They will also handle authentic and reproduction artifacts; and engage in a variety of hands-on activities representative of Ohio’s early pioneers. Following a brief orientation presentation, including a discussion on how historians study the past, the student will break into groups and move between six stations where they will learn about topics ranging from food preparation to clothing, and from chore and school to games and toys. Following the program, students will complete the cultural practices and products of the pioneers with those of today or with other groups they know about that settled in Ohio over time. 

 

American Indian Experience

Students use and read maps and timelines, handle authentic and reproduction artifacts, and engage in a variety of hands-on activities representative of Ohio’s historic Indians. Following a brief orientation presentation, including a discussion on how historians study the past, students will break into groups and move between six stations where they will learn about topics ranging from crafts to games and clothing to ways of life. Following the program, students will compare the cultural practices and products of Ohio’s historic Indians and draw conclusions. 

 

 

Agriculture and Nature

Through a variety of hands-on activities and games, students will explore the ideas that all living things derive their energy from the sun and that food comes from places other than the grocery store. They will explore the water cycle, the importance of Ohio’s wetlands, waterways, and farmlands, and mechanization of agriculture.  They will classify animals and determine their survival mechanisms through examining furs, feathers, claws, and skulls. They will also discover the multiple uses of Ohio’s #1 agricultural product: corn. Following a brief orientation presentation, the students will break into groups and move between six hands-on stations. Following the program, the presenter and teachers lead a discussion based on what the students learned through their experience with the program, particularly focusing on the objectives for their specific grade. 

 

Founding Documents

Bring the experience of the Founding Documents to your school with hands-on historical thinking activities. Students will be immersed in the Ohio Constitution, Northwest Ordinance, Bill of Rights, and the U.S. Constitution.  Activities consist of pen and ink, historical maps, objects, and more!