Newell Pioneer Village staff and volunteers offer an outstanding school program tailored to students of any grade level, but especially suited for second through fifth grades. Costumed interpreters use authentic artifacts and hands-on activities in an interactive program and setting that is similar to what pioneer children might have experienced. The Newell House-PMMC Museum Complex offers an excellent field trip opportunity for classrooms or home-schoolers that brings history alive and sparks students’ curiosity to discover more. The estimated two and one half hour program is presented in three parts and rotates through different locations at the Newell Pioneer Village. Any of the three sections is also offered as a stand-alone program. Students will work with instructors on a variety of hands-on activities!

Part One:
Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin

Experience life as it would have been for the early pioneers in a log cabin at the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin. Learn about the earliest settlers, the Hudson’s Bay Company, Wagons Westward, and Pioneer Life.

Mother’s Pioneer Cabin. Photo by Rick Dalrymple
Butteville School
Butteville School

Part Two:

Butteville Academy: A Country School

Become a pupil in an authentic one-room schoolhouse and discover what it would have been like to attend school in the 1860s. Learn about the Provisional Government and Oregon Statehood from the schoolmarm as well as lessons in morals and manners.

Part Three:  Newell House

Newell House, photo by Rick Dalrymple

Discover life as lived by one of Oregon’s earliest legislators, Robert Newell. Learn about the beginnings of the Oregon Territory, Statehood, and his life as a man of many firsts as told by interpreters in period dress. Learn about a catastrophic area wide flood that would change the lives of the residents of Champoeg forever.

Topics that may be covered include:

Native Americans
Earliest Settlers
Hudson’s Bay Company
Wagons Westward
Pioneer Life Here
Provisional Government
Donation Land Claim Law
Border Decided
Oregon Territory
Oregon A State
Catastrophic Area-Wide Floods

If you are interested in having your class or home-school group attend our one-room school program, please call Education Director for scheduling and price information for your next field trip! 503-678-5537