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.

Please contact Amanda McAllen at or 412-454-6314 with questions or for more information.

Homeschool Programs

History Detectives
For 4 – 6 grade aged homeschooled children

This fall, we will offer a skills-based homeschool course, “History Detectives,” at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, Fort Pitt Museum, and History Center.

Dates and course curriculum are forthcoming.

Homeschool Days

Heinz History Center – #Pixburgh

Time: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 10 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $8 for any attendees ages 5 and up. Free for kids under 5 years old.

On this special day of programming for homeschool families, visit the History Center’s #Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience exhibit, featuring images and objects relating to life in Western Pennsylvania since the invention of photography. Play a scavenger hunt game, explore past photography viewers such as Viewmasters, handle objects relating to the history of photography, and place yourself into historic photographs to take home with you.

This program includes admission to the History Center for the day. A lunch space will be available for any families bringing packed lunches.


Fort Pitt Museum

Time: Monday, May 1 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $8 for adults and $5 for children 6-17. Free for kids under 5 years old. Also free for History Center members.

The Fort Pitt Museum invites homeschool families to explore the museum and its neighboring partner, Point State Park. Families will be able to participate in guided tours, hands-on activities, and make-and-take crafts, and watch musket demonstrations (weather depending). All participants will receive a Fort Pitt patch and activity packet upon arrival that is included in the cost of the program.

Pre-registration is required and registration will close at the end of the day on Monday, April 17, 2017. If space and materials are available, families may register at the door on the day of the event.

This program includes admission to the Fort Pitt Museum for the day. The Fort Pitt Museum does not have indoor lunch facilities, but families bringing packed lunches are encouraged to eat outside in Point State Park.



Time: Tuesday, April 18 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $8 per attendee and $5 for History Center members. Free for kids under 5 years old.
Notes: Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is an outdoor facility, so make sure to dress for the weather! There is no food service on site, however picnic tables are available for your use.

Once again, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is opening its doors to our region’s homeschoolers and their families for a unique opportunity to experience the development of our region. Through our hands-on educational programs that explore life on the land in the upper Ohio Valley, students will experience the cultural changes of our region from prehistory to the 19th century.

Explore rural life in the upper Ohio Valley with a visit to Meadowcroft’s 19th century village. Students will visit historic houses, a blacksmith’s shop, and a one room school house to learn what life was like before modern conveniences.

Stepping further back in time to our recreated 16th century Indian Village, students can learn about the complex relationship between nature and man during a program emphasizing our area’s late prehistoric agriculturalists, the Monongahela culture.

Tours of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter will also be available. Students will discover why people camped at the site over the course of 16,000 years and learn about the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of the people who used the site.