Pioneer Life (Free Program)

by  The Durham Museum

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Visit our log cabin and experience the life of a Great
Plains pioneer. Students will take part in a tour of our covered wagon and log
cabin where they will learn about the tough choices the pioneers had to make as
they prepared to travel west and build a new life!

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
Multipoint Premium: $0.00


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 by exploring a log cabin replica.
3) Time is set aside for questions at the closing (as well as throughout the presentation)


After attending The Durham Museum’s Pioneer Life Class, students will:
Identify key aspects of pioneer life, including housing, clothing, chores, games, and parts of a log cabin.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

Nebraska State Social Studies Standards supported in The Durham Museum’s Pioneer Life 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 Pioneer Life 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 Geography
Understand how geographic and human characteristics create culture and define regions.
Understand that different people living in the same region maintain different ways of life.

Understand how human factors and the distribution of resources affect the development of community and the movement of populations.
Understand why people choose to settle in different places.
Understand the role that resources play in human’s daily lives.
Understand modes of transportation used to move products, people, and ideas.

Understand how geographic process and human actions modify the environment and how the environment affects humans.
Understand ways in which people depend on the physical environment.
Understand areas of a community have changed over time.

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 Science
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 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.