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Dallas Historical Society



"The Ways of the West" Hands-On Exhibit and Traveling Trunk Show

Time Frames
During School Day, After School, Summer, Weekend
Formats
Field Trip, On Campus Program
Grades
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Special Ed
Standards

Description

This hands-on exhibit facilitates a discussion of Native Americans, cowboys and cattle drives, life on the Texas frontier and the ranching industry. We also discuss the everyday life and the roles of men, women and children including frontier toys & games. Presenter is dressed in a period costume and delivers the presentation in first-person. Students will have the opportunity to role-play using period props. It will boost background knowledge and vocabulary.

Students Will

  • Understand how pioneers used the available raw materials to meet their needs.
  • Learn respect for the Pioneers and appreciation for modern technology.
  • See and touch fossils found in Central Texas.
  • Literacy: Tales of Frontier Texas 1830-1860; Edited by: John Q. Anderson; ISBN: 0-87074-202-7
  • Develop listening and critical thinking skills by asking questions of the presenter about his/her role as an actor and/or about life on the Texas frontier.
  • See and touch items from the frontier, Native Americans, cattle drives and the ranching industry. Learn about cattle brands, horses and tack.
  • Participate in dramatic play by assuming roles of pioneer children. Several period props available for students to explore.

Details

Dates: Open.
Times: After 9 AM.
Duration: Each presentation is approximately 30 minutes long.
School Fee: Flat Rate of $250 which includes TWO 30-minute presentations for 25 students each (50 students total). Additional 30 minute presentations are $50 each for groups of 25.
Minimum Attendance: 1
Maximum Attendance: 50
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs: Two large tables. The presenter should remain in the same location for all programs.
Other Information: 1 Adult per 25 students required to assist with program. Program will be tailored to fit age group.

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: Call (214) 421-4500 x104 or email DHS Booking at Booking@dallashistory.org.
Deadline: Two weeks in advance. However, sometimes last minute requests can be accommodated.
Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given for absent students. Any field trip, excluding the Chuckwagon, may be cancelled with full refund up to 48 hours before the scheduled program(s) and/or special event(s). Because of the popularity of the Chuckwagon field trip program, cancellation must be made within eight weeks of the program date in order to receive a full refund. Any field trip cancelled with less than 48 hours notice of the scheduled program(s) and/or special event(s) – including failure to cancel – will not be refunded. All program(s) and special event(s) will begin promptly at the time scheduled. The Dallas Historical Society is not responsible for groups who arrive late. No program delay or refund will be issued for tardiness. All outreach programs or performances will begin at the time scheduled and will last 45 minutes to an hour. Please have all participating students seated and ready to go by outreach program or performance start time. Failure to do so may result in an abbreviated program or performance. All programs and special events cancelled by the school or as a result of a district-wide closing and/or adverse weather will not be refunded. Affected programs and special events will either be rescheduled or may receive credit toward future programming. All programs and special events cancelled by the Dallas Historical Society for adverse weather or other conditions beyond our control will be refunded or rescheduled.
After School Policy: All after school programs or performances will begin at the time scheduled and will last 45 minutes to an hour. Please have all participating students seated and ready to go by after school program or performance start time. Failure to do so may result in an abbreviated program or performance.

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