"You are the best field trip ever…The Rosson House was so fun, I wish you could sell it to me."
– Tristan, age 9

Join us…

for a journey back in time with your students and learn how people lived in early Phoenix. Our field trips and traveling trunk promote learning, innovation, and imagination. History and culture come to life through engagement with artifacts, analysis of primary sources, and experience with hands-on activities.

  • Field Trip: A Child's Life in 1900

    “A Child’s 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 –

    • Tour the Rosson House: Start with a map of Phoenix in 1885 to put the Rosson House in context. Then, take a tour of the Rosson House introducing school children to the Goldberg family with their two young daughters Selma and Hazel, and baby brother, Chester. Trained docents help students explore themes including early Phoenix, technology, transportation, and 19th century lifeways.
    • Experience 19th c. 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 19th c. Games: Hoop and Stick was once a favored outdoor game. Students try their hand at controlling the wooden hoops while racing their classmates.

    Age Group: “A Child’s Life in 1900” is geared for third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms. It meets the Arizona Department of Learning Standards for Social Studies Strand 1 – American History, Social Studies Strand 4 – Geography and Science Strand 3 – Science in Personal and Social Perspectives. Follow this link for more details on curriculum alignment.

    Cost: $6/students, $6/chaperones, Free/teachers. Discounts for Title I schools

    Time: Program length is 2 hours. Our staff is flexible and happy to work with you to create a custom field trip just for your group.

    Availability: Field trips are usually scheduled on Tuesday mornings or afternoons, but can be offered on other days depending upon availability.

    Group size: A minimum of 10 children over 5 is required to book a field trip; we can accommodate groups as large as 60 children.

    More than 60 students?  Add more stations to keep group size to 15 students. Each station adds 20 minutes to the field trip.

    • Fancy work: Explore the decorative arts like the Victorians did using natural elements to create color and pattern. Each student goes home with their own creation.
    • Guess the Artifact: Handle actual historic objects that were common in the 19th century but are no longer in use. We will use our detective skills to determine what they are and discuss the technical innovations which made them obsolete.
    • Mapping Early Phoenix: Tour our newly opened exhibit that explores the growth of Territorial Phoenix from it’s original half square mile.
    • Make your own map: Reinforce geographic standards with this activity where students create a map of Heritage Square and use historic maps to calculate distance and area.

    Your group is welcome to have lunch on site. We offer picnic style space in shade or sun. Just let us know when you book your visit.

    View our field trip policies here.

    For more information about field trips, contact our Education Department by email or at 602-261-8948.

  • Traveling Trunk: A Child's Life in 1900

    Can’t make it to the Rosson House Museum with your class?

    Our traveling trunk is a portable version of Heritage Square’s on-site field trip. The trunk includes 5 lesson plans and hands-on activities so that children can experience “A Child’s Life in 1900” and understand the drastic changes in lifestyles over the past 100 years.

    The lessons and hands-on activities include a primary source activity, analyzing an early map of Phoenix, doing laundry using washboards and clotheslines, writing on slate boards, and playing the historic game of Graces. Each lesson plan is designed to meet State of Arizona Learning Standards for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

    Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Kinder Morgan, we are able to offer the traveling trunk to public schools at no cost and can once again provide pick up and delivery.

    Download a flier for our traveling trunk here.

    Please email or call at 602-261-8948 to reserve.

  • Traveling Trunk: Arizona's Five C's

    This Traveling Trunk is in development this summer and will be available in October 2018. More information coming soon.