Student Programs

Student Programs

At, our educational programs and workshops actively engage K–12 students with our shared history. Lancaster County’s past provides a case study in national history, with opportunities for celebration as well as understanding difficult legacies. Through primary source materials including documents, objects, works of art, and even a US president’s house, students will develop the tools to begin to understand our collective past, and the world in which we live today.

Student Tours

  • President Buchanan’s Life and Times
    Perspective view of Wheatland from the northwest facing Marietta Avenue.
    President James Buchanan’s Wheatland was built in 1828 by William Jenkins. Buchanan was the fourth owner of the home.
    • One hour experience led by a talented Museum Education Guide
    • Travel back in time to the year 1857 and explore the home of 15th U.S. President James Buchanan. Objects, documents, and images help students to learn more about James Buchanan and his “little family,” and to discover the dilemmas and decisions that President Buchanan faced during the challenging times leading up to the Civil War.
    • Tours can be customized to meet students’ needs across all ages and learning styles
  • Tour of the Archives: Up Close & Personal
    • 45 minute experience led by an Archivist
    • Home to over 1 million archival manuscripts, students will examine primary sources connected to local history and see how they are stored and preserved in the archives.
    • Tours can be customized to meet students’ needs across all ages and learning styles
  • Freedom Scavenger Hunt and Gallery Time
    • Freestyle program for all ages
    • Students will explore our exhibition FREEDOM: “to secure the Blessings of Liberty” and, by viewing documents, objects, and works of art, will learn stories of Lancastrians who sought freedom, fought for freedom, lived in freedom, and were denied freedom over the course of 300 years
    • Optional introduction by a Curator to the themes and content of the exhibition

Student Workshops

  • Hands-On Object Workshop (add-on to Wheatland tour)
    • 30-45 minutes in length; appropriate for K–grade 7
    • Students examine and interact with objects in this fast-paced workshop designed as an add-on to a tour of President Buchanan’s Wheatland
    • Students use their deductive and inductive reasoning skills to determine the use of Victorian-era artifacts
  • Sleuthing Through The Past
    Stock certificate from the Sicily Island Fishing Club in Drumore Township to John S. Giviler.
    A stock certificate issued to John S. Giviler for one share from the Sicily Island Fishing Club in Drumore Township. March 1880.
    • 2 hours in length; grades 5–12
    • Students play detective in search of clues as they examine estate inventories, artifacts, and historic events to better understand the past. What do these historic items tell us? What don’t they tell us? The workshop also examines conflicting and limited evidence that one may encounter when studying history. Workshop stresses observation skills, critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis.


All offerings are aligned with PA Standards in History, Social Studies, the Arts & Humanities, and English Language Arts. Common Core & Critical Thinking Skills are stressed.

Book Your School Trip Today

If you would like to learn more about any of’s school group tours or workshops, including their pricing, please contact Stephanie Townrow, Museum Educator at (717) 392-4633 Ext. 131. You can also fill out our Contact Form on our Group Tours webpage.

We look forward to seeing you and your students soon on the Lancaster Campus of History!