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 are offering a skills-based homeschool course, “History Detectives,” at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, Fort Pitt Museum, and History Center.


August 29 and September 5: Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
September 12 and September 19: Fort Pitt Museum (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
September 26 and October 3: Heinz History Center (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)


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.

We also offer a 10% discount on this course for History Center members. Parents are required to remain on-site for the days at Meadowcroft, but for the other two locations, children can be dropped off for the duration of the program.

More information: Download the Homeschool History Detectives Fall 2017 Outline

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Homeschool Days

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village

Time: Thursday, Sept. 14 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $8 for any attendees ages 5 and up. $5 for History Center members. Free for kids under 5 years old. No reservations are required!

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.

Note: 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.