The KHS education team uses creative instruction and focused history content to teach your students how to develop original interactive museum programming. The experience culminates when we turn the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History over to your school for one night of fun and family learning as your students present their original programs to an audience of their peers, teachers and parents. KHS can provide a majority of the resources (costumes, props, research, tables, multi-media, etc.) necessary; your school provides the manpower and audience.
Museum School Workshops
A typical School Nights program includes three in-museum workshops and two in-school workshops to prepare participants for their School Nights event. Each school can scale the level of engagement to that which is best for it.*
- Museum Skills Exploratory (in-museum) – students are introduced to the history and interpretation skills that they will use to prepare and present their School Night event. Cost: $3/student (full day)
- Team Organizational Workshop (in-school) – KHS staff travel to your school to meet with student groups to outline the program development and to begin brainstorming their programs. Cost: Travel expenses only.
- Research and Development (in-museum) – students spend quality time in our exhibitions and library to continue researching and developing the programs. Cost: $3/student (full day)
- Final Consultation (in-school) – KHS staff again travel to your school to meet with the presenting groups, discuss their progress, brainstorm ideas and help solve problems. Cost: Travel expenses only
- Presentation and Assessment (in-museum) – your students visit our museum one last time before your event to practice and present to a larger audience which will assess and offer final suggestions for improvement before your School Night event. Cost: $3/student (full day)
Full School Involvement
While your students are preparing their programming, there are several optional audience layers for including the other audience groups in your school: Parent/Teacher Association, school administration, school choir, dance team and others. Our staff can work with your school administration and Parent/Teacher organization to prepare for your event. We can even provide a majority of the equipment and resources necessary to help you plan and promote your event.
*If your school cannot undertake the full program, we can work with you to meet your needs.
Contact Greg Hardison, (502) 564-1792, ext.4454, for information or to start a School Nights at the Museum program at your school. For similar hands-on activities, see Hands-on History Labs in the Field Trip section of Educator’s Resources.