In the long-standing tradition of Buxton academic excellence, the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum is pleased to offer these exciting educational lessons!
It is important to the Buxton Historical Society for students of all ethnicities to emerge from our studies with a sense of pride in their heritage. As well, they should gain a better understanding of the roots of racial prejudices still evident today, along with a sense of pride in the progress that has been made since the era of the Underground Railroad, in eradicating those prejudices from our society.
Due to the emotional nature of this subject, great care has been given to present accurate material in an age appropriate manner.
The lesson activities were developed to address several areas in the Ontario curriculum (Language, Social Studies, World & Canadian History, and The Arts). Originally, lessons were sold to complement a visit to Buxton; however, schools throughout Canada and the United States purchased historically accurate our educational kits for use in their classrooms. However, due to the manpower requirements to create educational kits and the museums limited resources, along with consideration to the budget constraints of Educators and our Education Policy, the study units are being converted for use online.
Educational programs meet curriculum expectations at a variety of levels and themes.
PRIMARY: Follow the Underground Railroad Lessons (online)
PRIMARY: Day in an Early African Canadian Settlement
JUNIOR: Follow the Underground Railroad Lessons (online)
JUNIOR: Digging For Roots
JUNIOR: Drama in the Buxton School House (partially online)
INTERMEDIATE: Digging For Roots
INTERMEDIATE: Voice of Freedom (partially online)
Young Scholars who have the good fortune
to visit the museum will...
... participate in the museum school programs and have the unique opportunity to take on the persona of a real historical figure. They will travel through time to attend a period classroom (built by former slaves in 1861) for old-time lessons taught by museum staff or do chores in the cabin (built by former slaves in 1852). Students will experience history firsthand with the descendents of those who made the perilous journey on the Underground Railroad in a learning adventure at the Buxton Museum!
Visitors to the Buxton Site also have access to the playground equipment, basketball court, ball diamond, picnic area, as well as the historic school, church, log cabin, cemetery, museum and hands-on artifacts.
Visits by Museum Staff to your classroom can be arranged!
A fee will be charged for the visit. The school must also pay the travel expenses for the Museum staff person to visit your school. Staff will arrive in period appropriate costume, and do an historic portrayal or story telling. They will provide answers to your students' questions. Some artifacts pertaining to slavery and the Underground Railroad will be brought as well.
It's time for you to make Buxton
your "next stop on the Underground Railroad"
to enjoy the hospitality and heritage of the community!
Prepare to be inspired...