|The Greene County Historical Society Junior Historian Program
Duration: June through August Saturdays from 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Greene County Historical Society and Museum
918 Rolling Meadows Rd, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Description: The GCHS Junior Historian Program gives students in grades five through twelve, an opportunity to learn about the history of Greene County, Pennsylvania and the United States. The objective of the program is to develop future historians and make learning history fun.
The Junior Historian Program would institute a free, fun learning environment for students to learn more about local history through craftsmen, archaeologists, genealogists, researchers and the Greene County Historical Society’s Display Committee. Classes and workshops will include mini-seminars on archaeology, genealogy, living history, archival preservation and exhibit construction. The Junior Historians take part in the history education program designed especially for them. Namely the following:
Students in the program will use this knowledge to work on three exhibits: an archaeological exhibit, a genealogical exhibit and a local history exhibit. The Junior Historians will participate in the following additional activities to understand the past better:
- What a historical society and museums are about.
- What occupations have developed for the "Study of History."
- How Greene County was formed and developed.
- How families lived.
- How to preserve the past and the present.
Interested students should contact the museum administrator with a five hundred word essay on why they would like to participate in the Junior Historian Program. Deadline is April 1st.
- Learning historic crafts through demonstrations of crafts like quilting, wool production, farming and blacksmithing.
- Workshops on archaeology which will include a dig site on the museum grounds which will document historic artifacts that were part of the Poor Farm’s past.
- Learning about students family’s history to understand who their ancestors were, how they lived and where they fit in local history through the use of the museum archives and online programs like Ancestry.com.
- Students will also be able to use the museum archives and collections for research on little known but historically prominent people from Greene County.
- Creating physical models of history and imagining the past, students will learn how to arrange and plan out exhibits for display of local history and people.