The education programs below can be presented free to your group at Fayette Historic Townsite, or in your school for a nominal fee.
Guided tours of Fayette - Grades K-12
Guided tours are offered to school groups (free of charge) and tailored to meet individual group curriculum needs. Visits include site orientation at the modern visitor center, viewing a scale model of Fayette accompanied by a 5-minute audio presentation, followed by a guided walking tour into the historic townsite (20-30 minutes in length).
The tours are interactive with question/answer sessions to promote student involvement, interest and learning.
Offered mid-May through mid-October.
TIME: 40 MINUTES.
Discovering the Townsite Activities - Grades 3-12
A seek-and-find activity is available with a series of questions about Fayette's past that requires students to explore the site, reading exhibit labels and outdoor signs for the answers. The purpose is to engage student thought processes about Fayette's industrial past and the people that lived here.
TIME: 30-45 MINUTES.
The three programs listed below are Powerpoint-based and are given by the site historian. Contact the historian for program fees.
Childhood at Fayette - Grades K-12
Fayette was once a noisy, busy and dirty iron smelting community of nearly 400 residents. In 1880, 40 percent of the people who lived here were children 16 years old or younger. Where did they live? Did they go to school? What did they do for fun? Through slides and reproduction 19th century toys, school children learn what life was like for kids growing up in a company town during Fayette's industrial era. Discussion also includes a comparison of childhood then and now.
TIME: 1 HOUR.
Fayette: Life in a 19th Century Company Town - Grades 2-12
Fayette was once a noisy, busy and dirty iron smelting community of nearly 400 residents. Who were these people? Where did they come from? Why did they settle here? Through slides, reproduction 19th century clothing and group discussion, students can learn about Fayette's iron smelting industry, nationality, class, status, company jobs and community life in a 19th century company town.
TIME: 1 HOUR.
Lumberjacks in the Upper Peninsula - Grades 2-12
This program explores the work and lives of lumberjacks in the Upper Peninsula who logged the old growth pines. How did they live? What did they eat? Why did they typically only work in the lumber camps in the winter? What is a swamper? And what is a turkey or a deadhead?
TIME: 1 HOUR.
To book a school tour, contact Troy Henderson, site historian at Fayette Historic Townsite at 906-475-7857 or email HendersonT7@Michigan.gov.
Please make group reservations at least two weeks in advance to avoid scheduling conflicts. Teachers are encouraged to discuss their lesson plans with museum staff before their visit.
The museum can accommodate any grade level or group size up to 80 students. For lower elementary, please contact the museum to discuss.
Please allow at least one hour for a visit, longer if walking the outdoor trails and shopping in the museum store.