LIVING HISTORY FIELD TRIPS for Grades 3-5 in Morgan Hill Unified School District
The Morgan Hill Historical Society, in cooperation with the Morgan Hill Unified School District, has developed “Living History” Field Trips for Grades 3-5 in the Morgan Hill area. This hands-on educational experience takes students through three stations on the historic Villa Mira Monte property in Morgan Hill. 1) At the Hiram Morgan Hill House, students prepare sweets for a formal tea, receive an invitation to the tea and then come calling with hats (boys) and gloves (girls) to learn the social graces of the day. They make toys and participate in fun activities typical in an era with no TV, computers, cell phones iPods and plastic toys. 2) In the Museum, they learn about life in Morgan Hill, examine artifacts to determine their use in the late 1800s. In the research room, they use museum gloves to look at historic postcards and analyze them for clues about their writers. And they create their own Morgan Hill postcard. 3) The Centennial History Trail is an outside venue with a spiral walkway that takes students through events in Morgan Hill’s history while at the same time incorporating world history. A scavenger hunt adds to the learning experience for this history lesson. Students then draw something related to their visit on a mural of the Hiram Morgan Hill House at Villa Mira Monte, which goes back to school with them. Lunch on the veranda and games on the lawn complete this special visit.