New Educational Opportunity Unveiled
The Lowell Area Historical Museum has a history of providing interesting, fun, quality educational classes and programs to the youth of our community. As we look to the future we are constantly evaluating what we offer and looking for new ways to engage youth in our history. This year we are pleased to announce a new program that will be available to teachers, home school parents, club leaders and others. Resource Kits contain education materials and, if appropriate, hands on materials that explore different topics in Lowell area history. Activities are tied into the curriculum standards being taught in our schools. Teachers will find all of the materials they need to explore history with their students.
The Resource Kits we are debuting are: Family Tree Detective for first grade, Community Building for second grade, and Native Americans and Settlers for third grade. The Family Tree Detective kit includes activities such as creating a family tree, mapping your family’s ancestors, and exploration of primary and secondary sources. The Community Building kit explores key individuals and businesses in Lowell’s history. Students will get to learn why businesses were located where they were, how individuals changed their community and explore how they would solve a community problem. The Native Americans and Settlers kit will use a variety of primary and secondary sources to explore the history and interaction of the local Odawa and early settlers.
The Resource Kit program is another way for us to reach out and share the vast amount of history that we preserve at the Museum. Educators and their students will now be able to explore our past right in their own classroom at their own pace. The kits can be used independently, or in connection with one of our other programs. For example the Native American and Settlers kit is designed to be used following the Native American program we currently offer in the fall. To reserve a kit, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 616-897-7688, or reserve a kit online in our education section .
Flashback to the 1960s
New Exhibit Coming This Fall
The Lowell Area Historical Museum is currently working on our next special exhibit “Flashback to the 60’s-a Decade of Change.” Opening this fall, it will explore politics, fashion, music, and special happenings of the 60’s like man landing on the moon. The exhibit will recall what Lowell was doing during this turbulent and ever changing decade.
The 60’s were just fifty years ago and some of you may still have some unique items in your closets and basements. We are looking to borrow artifacts from the community for the two years this new exhibit will be open. We will need: Beatle Cards, Go Go Boots, Beatle Boots, Fringe Vest or Coat, Albums from the 60’s, 60’s Kids Lunchbox, View Master – with Film Card, Love Beads, Clothes from the 60’s, Portable Stereo, Transistor Radio, Herman Miller Chair, Advertising Artwork, Die Cast Cars from the 60’s – (Muscle cars), Toys from the 60’s – Barbie, GI Joe, Games, Tonka Trucks, Etch a Sketch, etc.
This exhibit will be a distinctive reflection of what life was like in this decade. Even those not yet born in the sixties grew up listening to music from that era and can recall the major events that shaped this decade like, the assassination of President Kennedy, Civil Rights movement, space travel and major changes in technology. This exhibit is sure to have something for everyone, young or old and will be a great one to share with the kids in your life.
Please give us a call at 897-7688 if you can help with any of the items mentioned.
Discover Historic Lowell
Explore the downtown historic district using a self guided brochure and new interpretive boards located throughout the district. The first 10 boards have been installed on the Riverwalk and along Main Street.Click Here to See Boards