Homeschool Programs

The History Center’s new homeschool programs explore themes with a variety of activities geared towards learners of all ages. Join us for special program days complete with hands-on activities, mapping labs, read-alouds, and primary source analysis in our archives. These standards-aligned workshops turn the museum into your classroom. Advance registration is required.

Fall 2016 Homeschool Programs

Adventures in Time and Place
For 4 – 6 grade aged homeschooled children

This fall, visit all three of our sites to learn about the history of Western Pennsylvania from prehistory to the 20th century. Course sessions will include a range of hands-on and interactive experiences, investigations of objects, and archival material.

For students wishing to visit just one site, a $20 fee per participant will cover both days. For students wishing to participate in the whole course (all 3 sites), we offer a reduced rate of $50.

Information about each of the sessions is below.

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Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village – “Prehistoric Pennsylvanians”

Sept. 13 and 20 | 10 a.m. to noon

Join Meadowcroft for the first two days of the course focusing on the evolution of Native culture from nomadic bands to settled communities. On a visit to the Meadowcroft Rockshelter ,students will learn about Pennsylvania’s earliest inhabitants, the environment they lived in, and the archaeological record they left behind. During a visit to our Monongahela Indian Village, students will spend the morning learning about the gradual transition from wide-ranging foragers to settled agricultural societies.

Meadowcroft is an outdoor facility. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

The Meadowcroft Rockshelter is only accessible by vehicle. Parents and chaperones are responsible for transporting their students between the Visitors Center and Rockshelter.

No food services are available on-site.

Fort Pitt Museum – “Keystone of the Frontier”
Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 | 10 a.m. to noon

The Fort Pitt Museum homeschool course will focus on the 18th century history of the Point. Students will go on guided tours of the museum and Fort Pitt Block House and participate in workshops to create 18th century related items. Students will also go on a guided tour of Point State Park to learn about the environment of the Point.

Some activities will take place outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

There is no indoor lunch area at Fort Pitt Museum, but students are welcome to bring lunches to eat outdoors in Point State Park.

For further information, contact Education Manager Kathleen McLean at

Heinz History Center – “Challenge and Growth”
Oct. 11 and 18 | 10 a.m. to noon

For the final part of the homeschool course, visit the History Center to investigate industrialization, immigration, and the worldwide impact of local innovations. Using historical artifacts, archival materials, and gallery experiences, students will explore the area’s industrial past through an investigation of the glass industry and labor history, listen to oral histories of immigrants to Pittsburgh, and visit our Detre Library & Archives to map the travels of a Heinz company salesman as he sold local goods around the world.

Students are welcome to enjoy packed lunches on site or visit our museum café for lunch.