Teachers and educators of all kinds, are you looking for an affordable program on Michigan history for you class this school year? North Country History offers excellent programs on Michigan’s logging history that your students are sure to enjoy. With fifteen years of experience of teaching Michigan’s logging history through the Hartwick Pines Logging Museum I have brought programs to a number of schools from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula.
North Country History’s educational programs are a hands-on experience for your students. I bring a number of historic and reproduction tools and artifacts and photographs for the students to see and handle. Student participation is also encouraged during the program.
The main program geared towards schoolchildren is “In a Michigan Lumber Camp” which introduces the audience to life in a Michigan logging camp of the late-19th century and some of the jobs and work that was a part of the logging experience. During the 60 minute program the students learn about what it was like to head to camp, find work, set up a bunk in the “Men’s Shanty” (bunkhouse), and live in the camps, including what kind of food they would have for their meals. The students also learn the process of logging from the timber cruiser looking for the big white pines that were cut, the cutting and hauling of the logs, and sending the logs to the saw mill by either rivers or trains. They’ll also learn about what kind of a wage they would expect to receive for the work that they did.
These programs are a great way to learn Michigan history not just in a formal classroom setting, but can be done for home schools, after school programs, special events, and for scout and other groups. I set up the programs based on Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) so are geared to mainly a third and fourth grade audience, but can be altered to meet fifth to eighth grades too.
All programs cost $150 per sixty-minute program plus travel.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (989) 889-5691 for more information or to book a program.
Schools where Rob Burg has presented logging history programs:
Aspen Ridge School, Ishpeming, Michigan
AuSable Primary School, Grayling, Michigan
Big Rock Elementary School, Chesaning, Michigan
Cherry Creek Elementary School, Marquette, Michigan
Clark Elementary School, Detroit, Michigan
Gilbert Elementary School, Gwinn, Michigan
Grayling Elementary School, Grayling, Michigan
Richardson Elementary School, Oscoda, Michigan
Sawyer Elementary School, Gwinn, Michigan