Field Trips for Educators, Youth Leaders, and Schools

Teachers and Youth Group Leaders

Did you know that the Museums host several types of educational programs? These interdisciplinary programs are specifically designed to correspond with educational and curriculum requirements.

Our programs are available in-house (here at the museum), on site (at various locations throughout Hopkinsville), and as outreach (where we come to your classroom).

Thanks to the generosity of former teacher and Museum Board member Beth Everett, we also offer scholarships through the Everett Field Trip Fund. Follow this link Museum Scholarship Application 2019_2020 to download an application, or contact us for more information.

Special Programs for the 2019-2020 School Year

Let us teach one of our 2019-2020 Museum Student Outreach Programs to your students in your classroom! We will present on a different topic each month:

  • September: “The History of Hoptown in 5 Acts”
  • October: The Story of the Trail of Tears
  • November: History and Legacy of Camp Campbell
  • December: Worldwide Holiday Traditions
  • January: Writing Workshop
  • February: Christian County’s African American Heritage
  • March: Local Women Who Made History
  • April & May: Civil War at Home

Planning a trip to see a performance offered by the Pennyroyal Arts Council’s smARTs program? We would love for you to join us for a program either before or after the show. These 2019-2020 Museum Student Programs are tailored to complement the performances:

  • September 24, 2019: “The History of Hoptown in 5 Acts” Walking Tour
  • October 31, 2019: Legend of the Bell Witch
  • December 4, 2019: Holidays at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum
  • February 4, 2020: Christian County’s African American Heritage
  • March 19, 2020: Science Time at the Museum
  • April 17, 2020: Scavenger Hunt at the Pennyroyal Area Museum

The MHHCC staff is also available to assist you with special projects and programs concerning our region’s history and heritage. We are always open to new ideas!

Interested in booking your group? Contact Kathleen Carter at or at (270) 887-4270.

All Museum Programs

African American History

In-House or Outreach, History
Learn about our own community’s rich African American history after the “Struggle to Freedom” program. Hear the connection of Muhammad Ali, Joe Lewis, Jimi Hendrix, Ted Posten, bell hooks, and other Hopkinsville locals.

Art & Inspiration

In-House or Outreach, Art
Students learn the 7 basic elements of art and how to look for them in works of art. Students will also learn about the variety of mediums and how they can be inspired to create, or generate appreciation for these various mediums.

Artifact Basket

In-House or Outreach, History
The host reaches in a basket and pulls out an artifact. Discussion regarding what it is and what it was used for follows.

Beverly Academy – A One Room School House

On Site, History
A unique program designed to immerse students into the actual setting of a late nineteenth century, one room school house. This program encourages students to explore the similarities and differences in schooling techniques between the 1890s and today through lively discussion, thoughtful observation and creative participation. Heritage school yard games are conducted outside.

Camp Campbell Comes to Town

In-House or Outreach, History
We will present a lesson on the history of creation of Camp Campbell and its ongoing importance to Hopkinsville.

Civil War: The Local Story

In-House or Outreach, History
Just how did the Civil War affect Hopkinsville? Learn about the Oak Grove Rangers, the burning of our courthouse, and other facts that occured in and around Christian County.

Farming-Now and Then

In-House or Outreach, History
An exploration into the history of agriculture and old hand-farming tools. Possible viewing of no-till farming video. Brief discussion about agricultural causing soil erosion.

Fiber and Fabric

In-House or Outreach, Fiber Arts
Brief history of how fiber is transformed into fabric. Children will learn to identify cotton, wool & linen as a raw fiber and as a fabric.

First Thanksgiving Program

In-House or Outreach, Anthropology
An exploration of life on the colonial farm, including the
sharing and exchange of food ways between the Native
Americans and early colonial settlers.

Heritage Games

In-House or Outreach, History
Working with groups of 10-100 children, turn of the century games are taught and played. Recommended for grades 3 and up.

History in the Cemetery

On Site at Riverside Cemetery, History
This program is designed to realize the value of all cemeteries as sources of family history and genealogy information, as natural preserves, as a space to learn more about important events in our communities and the nations history, and a place to observe and study art and symbols represented in the stonework found in cemeteries.

History of Hoptown in 5 Acts

Onsite Downtown or Outreach, History
This 90-minute downtown tour or classroom presentation provides a crash course in local history while following the traditional structure of Shakespearean plays. This dynamic program weaves the story of this community from its earliest days to the present.

Hopkinsville Architecture

In-House, History
A program that incorporates an AV program, exhibit studies and a study of nearby buildings. Grades 2 and up.

K-1st Architecture

In-House, History
Exploration of shapes, colors, and patterns in nearby buildings.

Legend of the Bell Witch

In-House or Outreach, History
Listen to a classic re-telling of the Bell Witch Story. This haunting account of a spooky spirit who terrorized a family in Adams, TN is the most well-known ghost story in the region.

Museum Tour/Scavenger Hunt

In-House, History
Students (working in teams) are given a list of things to find throughout the museum. Fun learning!

Native American Life and Lore

In-House or Outreach, Anthropology
Discuss American Indians in Kentucky and touch on
groups living in different regions of the US their
similarities and differences…homes, transportation, special
trade commodities and customs.

Natural Dyes

In-House or Outreach, Fiber Arts
Children will learn that plants contain pigments and that the pigments can be transferred to fiber/fabric by the process of dyeing.

Paper Making

In-House or Outreach, Fiber Arts
Brief history of paper making. Smaller groups have optional hands-on experience making paper.

Pioneer Storyteller

In-House, History
Using storytelling technique and visualization process to recount a families experience of packing for and moving to a new frontier home.

Science Experiment

In-House, History and Science
Delve into the great science minds born right here in Christian County, KY. Complete a fun science experiment as we connect our local history to the scientific world.

Spinning Tools and Techniques

In-House or Outreach, Fiber Arts
Brief history of spinning fibers into yarn. Children will learn to identify various tools used for spinning wool. Large groups will learn about carding, traditional Saxony wheel & drop spindle process through demonstration. Smaller groups have optional hands-on experience teasing & carding wool and using the drop spindle.

Victorian Valentines

In-House or Outreach, History
Trace several ancient customs of Valentine’s Day up to present day commercial Valentine’s. Learn the symbols of Valentine’s.

Weaving Techniques

In-House or Outreach, Fiber Arts
A brief history of weaving. Large groups will watch a weaving demonstration. Smaller groups have optional handson experience learning simple weaving techniques.

What’s in a Quilt?

In-House or Outreach, Fiber Arts
An exploration of the history & art of quilt making and how to look at quilts and “see the pictures.

Winter Celebrations

In-House or Outreach, Anthropology
A historical and cultural review of several winter and holiday celebrations practiced around the world.

Women’s History Month

In-House or Outreach, History
Hear the connection of Eva Royalty, Sue Burbridge, Jennie Stuart and other women who made history in Hopkinsville.

Writing Workshop

In-House or Outreach, Language Arts
Together we will explore primary resources from the Museum’s historic collection. After, the students will revise, edit, and translate these sources into contemporary language while writing an opinion piece.