Themed Field Trip Options

A group of students learn about traditional cooking on an Old World Wisconsin field trip.

Themed Field Trip Options

  • Dates available for 2015: Weekdays Apr 27 – Jun 12 (Monday-Friday) and Oct 1 – Oct 30 (Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri only)
Industrialization — Crossroads Village

Experience firsthand how life in small towns began to change as the railroads challenged craft workers and local businesses to compete with new goods and services. Students will help craftsmen like the shoemaker and blacksmith ply their trades while they explain how the "new" economy affected their lives. Students will also visit the general store. Explore the Crossroads Village.


Entrepreneurs — Crossroads Village

Inspire tomorrow's entrepreneurs by learning from yesterday's. Meet the "idea" people of our village: Mr. Sisel at the shoe shop, Mrs. Hafford at her house, and the Worthys, who own Four Mile Inn. Each of these people had to change what they did for a living as his or her situation changed. Mr. Sisel continued to make shoes by hand, but added to his profits by selling factory-made shoes. Mrs. Hafford's husband had been a railroad worker, but when he passed away she became a washerwoman for hire to feed her family. The Worthys' enterprise went from being a stagecoach inn to a boarding house as the railroad went to another town. Each of these people was able to adapt how he or she worked to make a better living, embodying the kind of resilience we associate with seeking the "American Dream." Explore the Crossroads Village.


Family Pastimes — Caldwell Hall

Enjoy an hour of your favorite indoor and outdoor hands-on activities at Caldwell Hall including historic board games, toys, hoops and sticks - and learn about 19th century cycling.


Life on a Farm — German Area

Life for most children in the 19th century took place on farms. See how the importance and methods of farming in Wisconsin have changed over time. By weaving, using the flax break and visiting the oxen, students will learn about these changes as well as what children in the 19th century knew: All about feeding a family, caring for animals, and making a farm a home. Explore a sample of the things you might see in the German Area, such as historic breeds of animals, food and farms.


Farm Hands — German Area

Life was very different for children in the 19th century. See how important it was for children to help around the farm. Children will get a chance to try their hand at baking, using a plow and working wood for use on the farm. Explore a sample of the things you might see in the German Area, such as historic breeds of animals, food and farms.


Immigration — Norwegian Area

Why would people half a world away pack their belongings into a trunk and leave their homeland to come to America? Students learn the answers to thought-provoking questions as they pack a trunk or engage in traditional activities such as carding wool. At the same time they discover how hard-working immigrants transformed primitive homesteads into working farms. They'll also learn how one-room school education taught children not only their ABCs, but also how to be an American. Explore a sample of the things you might see in the Norwegian Area, such as a one room school and wool processing.


Sawdust to Soil — Norwegian Area
(Limited offerings for spring only: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 20-June 12, 2015)

Learn about the natural resources immigrants put to use as they started new lives in Wisconsin. Students will learn about logging and the use of trees across the state while discovering how hard it is to saw a log. They will find out about the problems with just growing one crop, like wheat, as they also help process it through a fanning mill. They will find out that varying your farm products through diversification will help keep your farm afloat as they see a working loom and try some weaving of their own.



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