The Grout Museum District's "Museum School" is an innovative program that invites local third grade students to attend "school" at the Grout Museum District for one week. The program is aligned to the Iowa Core.
During the week, students experience living history presentations by Mary Hanna, one of the first pioneer women to the area; Lillian Russell Lampson from the Victorian era; and Jesse Bess, who helped make positive changes in the early 1900s for the African Americans in the Cedar Valley. Students also practice the footwork involved in Native American dances, sing folk songs, learn about simple machines, discuss the rich history of immigration and migration in the area, and share their experiences during Family Night. The highlight of the week is a guided trolley ride that tours downtown Waterloo or downtown Cedar Falls, depending on the school district.
Museum School Resources
Preparing for Museum School
Museum School Informational Sheet