We offer a variety of standards-based educational programs to suit different grade levels. Each program features a focused tour and hands-on activity.
Antebellum South Carolina
Students will visit both museum houses for a complete view of Antebellum South Carolina. Daily life, slavery, socio-economic divides and politics are addressed. The program specifically meets third and eighth grade standards, but is suitable for anyone studying South Carolina or early Amerian history. 3rd grade 8th grade
Children and Families of the Past
What was life like before the Civil War? How did they dress? What did they eat? How has technology changed lifestyles? Designed for kindergartners, this program is suitable also for young elementary-aged children. With a visit to both house museums, students will see first-hand early technologial advances such as gas lighting and the impact these "modern conveniences" had. View standards.
Charleston Before the Civil War
A tour of the Nathaniel Russell House will provide great insight and perspective on life in the 19th Century. Older students will examine political cartoons, searching for undercurrents leading to Seccession. Younger students will play period games and discuss various socio-ecomonic classes and their respective roles in society.
Civil War and Secession
Touring the Aiken-Rhett House lends perspective to the role of enslaved African Americans as the house features its original slave quarters and workyard. Older students will re-enact the SC Secession Debate of 1860. Younger students will act out some of South Carolina's important Civil War events such as the launching of the CSS Hunley submarine.
Arts, Architecture and Design
Creative minds can't help but admire the beauty and architectural styles of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum restored c.1808 and of the preserved Aiken-Rhett House Museum. Students will tour both properties with emphasis on the unique Nathaniel Russell House Museum decorative collections and the collections and restored art gallery at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum.
Bring history alive in your classroom by checking out a Traveling Trunk or having a member of our Education Staff teach a lesson with your class! Everything we do is based on the SC State Social Studies Standards, so students will be learning the curriculum while having a new and fun experience. Students can write with quill pens, play 18th century games, read primary sources, tell Gullah stories, examine real artifacts, clean picked cotton, and analyze documents. Trunks and in-class activities are designed for grades K-8.
Classes and trunk themes are:
Daily Life of the Past
Slavery & Cash Crops
Find out more about our Traveling Trunks.
Ask about combining a themed educational program with a walking tour to maximize the experience for your students.