Field Trip: Discover Life in 1900

Discover Life in 1900 is a two-hour, interactive field trip program that offers four exciting learning stations. Your students will rotate through the stations in small groups, allowing for a personal and hands-on experience. The stations include –

    • A picture of a child doing field trip activities at Heritage Square.Tour the Rosson House: Take a tour of the Rosson House, where trained docents help students explore themes including early Phoenix, technology, transportation, and 19th century lifeways.
    • Experience 19th Century Chores: Using both real and reproduction artifacts, students learn first-hand about the chores their turn-of-the-century counterparts may have done. They wash laundry using a scrub board, wringer and clothesline, beat the dust out of rugs, and try their hands at old fashioned vacuums and irons.
    • Become History Detectives: While exploring historic documents and photos, students become detectives, developing theories about territorial Phoenix and the Goldberg girls based on primary source evidence.
    • Play Victorian Games: Hoop and Stick was once a favored outdoor game. Students try their hand at controlling the wooden hoops while racing their classmates.

More Information:

    • Age Group: Field trips to Heritage Square are designed for third and fourth graders. We can accommodate other age groups, but for the best experience we recommend groups be within these grade levels.
    • Cost: $9/students, $15/chaperones, 1 adult for every 5 students is free.
    • Time: Program length is 2 hours. Our staff is flexible and happy to work with you to the best of our ability to create a custom field trip just for your group.
    • Availability: Field trips are usually scheduled to take place on days the Rosson House Museum is closed to the public – Monday and Tuesday from October through May, and Monday through Thursday from June through September. Some days may be unavailable due to other programs and/or events. You can sign up for a field trip at Heritage Square using the form below.
    • Payment: We require payment 2 weeks prior to the visit in order to confirm your reservation in the calendar. We can accept school POs and checks.
    • Transportation: School buses can drop off students along the gated 6th Street passageway, and can park in the garage at 7th Street and Washington. We’re also on the light-rail, so click here if you plan to travel on mass transit.
    • Group size: A minimum of 4 children is required to book a field trip. Due to staffing constraints we can only accommodate school groups as large as 30 children.
    • Lunch: Your group is welcome to have lunch on site. We offer picnic style space in shade or sun. Please let us know if you’ll be picnicking at the Square when you book your visit.

Optional Worksheet for Students: Discover Life in 1900 Field Trip Worksheet

Educational Standards: 2018 Standards for Discover Life in 1900

For more information about field trips, contact our staff via email or at 602-388-8090.

More Ways to Learn:

Our educational Traveling Trunks are available and can be rented by filling out the online form or contacting us at sarah.matchette@heritagesquarephx.org to ask about booking a trunk. Check out our History at Home page for a bundle of activities, recipes, and staff recommendations.  Our blog is also chock-full of fascinating history – give it a read, and we look forward to seeing you at the Square again soon!

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