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Education & Events

At the Museum, we offer a variety of education and event services for all ages. Our special educational opportunities, such as lectures, workshops, tours, and field trips, are designed to help visitors learn more about the museum’s exhibits and collections. We also have a speaker series featuring renowned experts in various fields, who provide insightful and informative presentations.



Unlocking Possibilities for a Brighter Future.

Field Trip Programs:

Pioneer Children - 2nd Grade

On this journey into the past, students will make and taste their own butter, experience daily chores, touch a variety of early tools and household items, learn their uses.

They will sample games which entertained pioneer children, make a button buzzer of their own and go on a guided tour of the museum.

Native Americans and the Fur Trade – 3rd Grade

Learn Native American culture and how the Native Americans lived and thrived on the land.

Discover the economic and cultural factors which drove the French to travel thousands of miles to our shores. Students will handle actual fur pelts, learn what items they were traded for, and why.

Lumbering in Newaygo County – 4th Grade

Imagine a Michigan covered in White Pine trees and many other Hardwood trees. Then imagine much of Michigan barren of forests with eroding riverbanks and wind-blown sand.


Students learn about the days of extensive logging; what, when, why, how it happened and who did it, as well as the significance of this period in our history.

We will also compare logging in the late 1800s with logging today.

Classroom Presentations

The following topics are available in a 1 hour presentation that comes to you (provided you have a projector). Survey of American Presidents, History of Michigan, Lumbering in Newaygo County, and Michigan’s Fur Trade – from Marco Polo to French Voyagers in the woods, 1300-1700.

Call or message for more information:

Scott Looman, Education Manager

(231) 652-5003


Day Camp

Authentic archaeology dig in collaboration with Local landowners and National Forest Service Archaeologists.

  • One week long. Third week of June, Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 3:00 

  • Ages 10 to 14. Participants must have a direct connection to Newaygo County.

  • Space is limited

  • Cost: $50 (Scholarships available based on need) 


Call or message for more information:

Scott Looman, Education Manager

(231) 652-5003

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