Tour of a One-Room Schoolhouse (Free Program)

by  The Durham Museum

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Step back to the 1890s and see how different it was to attend a one-room school! Explore daily life from this time period through artifacts, stories, and reciting real lessons students did in their classroom. Who will be the spelling bee champion or have the best penmanship? Find out in our virtual one-room schoolhouse!

A special thank you to our generous sponsors: Great Plains Communications, The Lincoln Financial Foundation, the Lozier Foundation, and the Debby Durham Family Foundation.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $0.00
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This program is free of charge.


30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Programs must be requested no later than two weeks before your desired date. Classes are available Monday through Friday between 2:30 PM CST and 4PM CST. Please check that your account is in the correct time zone before booking.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify us with-in 48 hours if it is necessary to cancel a session. We understand that cancellations my occur (ie due to weather) and will reschedule.

About This Provider

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The Durham Museum

Omaha, NE
United States

The Durham Museum offers a fascinating look at the history of the region and offers a broad range of traveling exhibits covering subjects ranging from history and culture to science, industry, and more through our affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution and strong ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives and the Field Museum.

Education Department

Program Details


1) Program opens with a basic explanation and introduction of the topic
2) We will begin interactive discussion inside our replica of a one-room schoolhouse and explore what it would be like to
3) Time is set aside for questions at the closing (as well as throughout the presentation)


After attending The Durham Museum’s Historic Schoolroom Class, students will:

Compare and contrast key characteristics of a school in the 1890’s and a school now.
Identify and describe the procedures and events in an 1890’s one-room schoolhouse.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

Nebraska State Social Studies Standards supported in The Durham Museum’s Historic Schoolroom Class
0.4.1.a Identify concepts of time and chronology

0.4.2.b Differentiate between stories from the present and the past

First Grade
1.4.1.a Identify concepts of time and chronology

1.4.2.b Describe how objects including books, letters, and other artifacts help us to understand the past

Second Grade
2.4.1.a Identify concepts of time and chronology

2.4.1.d Describe how individuals, event, and ideas have changed neighborhoods, past and present

2.4.2.b Describe how their neighborhood has changed over the course of time using maps and other artifacts

Third Grade
3.4.1.a Identify concepts of time and chronology

3.4.1.d Describe how individuals, events, and ideas have changed communities past and present

3.4.2.b Describe how their community has changed over the course of time using maps and other artifacts

Fourth Grade
4.4.1.a Apply concepts of time and chronology

4.4.1.d Examine the chronology of historical events in Nebraska and their impact on the past, present, and future

4.4.2.b Describe how Nebraska and the Great Plains Region have changed over the course of time using maps, documents, and other artifacts

Fifth Grade
5.4.1.a Describe concepts of time and chronology

5.4.1.c Examine the chronology of historical events in the United States and their impact on the past, present, and future

Iowa Core Curriculum Social Studies Essential Skills/Concepts supported in The Durham Museum’s Historic Schoolroom Class

Kindergarten-2nd Grade Behavioral Science
Understand the changing nature of society
Understand that people and institutions change over time.
Understand past, present, and future.

Kindergarten-2nd Grade History
Understand people construct knowledge of the past from multiple and various types of sources.
Understand past, present, and future time in relation to historical events.

Understand that primary sources such as artifacts, photographs, and documents are used to learn about the past.

3rd-5th Grade Behavioral Sciences
Understand the changing nature of society.
Understand various institutions, ideas, values, and behavior patterns change over time.

3rd-5th Grade History
Understand historical patterns, periods of time, and the relationships among these elements.
Understand differences in life today compared to life in the past.

Understand how and why people create, maintain, or change systems of power, authority, and governance.
Understand groups and institutions work to meet individual needs and the common good of all.

Understand the role of individuals and groups within a society as promoters of change or the status quo.
Understand the people, events, problems, and ideas that were significant in creating the history of their state.