Education Programming

At this time Fanshawe Pioneer Village is not offering our traditional on-site education programs due to COVID-19 restrictions at the museum.


Fanshawe Pioneer Village is offering new digital programming options for teachers who are teaching in-class or remotely. Choose either a Live Lesson delivered by our museum staff using Google Meet or Microsoft Teams or one of our Google Slide Lessons that can be delivered by you to your students.

Please find below information and descriptions on each program and the current available presentations.

To inquire about booking please contact our Education Coordinator at
Bookings subject to availability. Please provide us with the following details when you inquire:

  • School:
  • Grade:
  • Number of students:
  • Phone Number:
  • Contact Name:
  • Which Digital Lesson you are interested in:
  • Google Email if requesting SLIDES or Google MEET:
  • If booking LIVE option what preferred day of the week and time of day:
  • If booking Google SLIDES option what day do you want access (access for 30 days):

We also have lots of great activity suggests for students learning at home in our “Museum at Home” section that was create earlier this year. This includes links to activities, a link to our YouTube channel and our Fanshawe 360 Experience that lets you see inside some of the buildings at the Village.

Fanshawe Pioneer Village would like to thank the Westminster College Foundation for funding our Digital Education Programs.


Live Video Lesson:

These programs are 60 minute live presentations designed for teachers with in-class students or remote learners who have access to live chat. This live lesson is presented using either Google Meet or Microsoft Teams depending your school’s permissions. A Fanshawe Pioneer Village staff member will share information on various topics connected to the museum with time included for students to ask questions.

Presentations will include:

  • A demonstration or presentation using artifacts from the museum’s collection
  • Question and Answer Period
  • A suggested follow-up craft or activity *These will be discussed at booking depending on classroom/student resources*


Curator for a Day

Learn more about museums and their collections. During this program students will learn how to deduce and assess what historical objects can teach us, how the museum works, and learn the answers to questions likes: What is an artifact? Who owns them? How do we care for them? And what does a curator do?

During the lesson:

  • Students will participate in a mystery artifact presentation to better understand how we look the objects the museum is donated.
  • Students will learn how we keeps detailed records on artifacts and help create their own artifact catalogue card.
  • Includes a follow-up activity for students on collecting and creating displays using their own items.
  • This is a great way for students to learn about heritage/museum careers and discover the behind the scenes work of museums in their community.

From Sheep to Sweater

Students will learn about all things clothing. During this program discover how the settlers acquired, made, and looked after their clothes, as well as the hard work that goes into making wool items. Get a chance to learn about everything from laundry to looms and the artifacts connected to them.

During the lesson:

  • Students will discuss the different materials available to settlers for making clothes.
  • They will see a demonstration on how to make yarn all the way from shearing to cleaning and spinning wool.
  • They will also see examples of early clothing styles and clothing related artifacts or tools.
  • Includes follow-up craft or activity to be discussed at booking.

19th Century Fun and Games:

Learn more about the popular pastimes of children and communities in the 1800s. Students will follow along as they see the various toys children played with and what they were made from. Discover how people had fun and celebrated once their work was done.

During the lesson:

  • Students will learn what leisure time means and whether the settlers had spare time.
  • Presentation will include discussion on how people celebrated in early communities.
  • Students will see examples of various toys and how they work.
  • Includes a suggested simple toy craft using paper and yarn

From Field to Fork

Students will learn about the importance of farming, food preservation and the steps for making butter. They will help guess what different food related artifacts are and see how butter is made. This presentation includes access to follow-up videos for classes to see cooking on a hearth and farming demonstrations.

During the lesson:

  • Mystery artifact presentation using items connected to food.
  • Follow along as the presenter shares the tools and steps to make butter.
  • Depending on classroom resources, an accompany activity will be discussed at booking.
  • Includes recipes for students to try at home.

Ask a Pioneer

This is a great option for a class with a lot of questions about a lot of different topics. Teacher’s will work the Education Coordinator to preplan this presentation. Students will be asked to submit questions in advance to their teacher. The Education Coordinator will prepare answers and find artifacts in the museum’s collection connected to these questions that will be shared during the presentation period.

  • This lesson works well to cover many topics your class has been discussing or haven’t had time to expand on.
  • It is an excellent wrap-up program for a certain topic or overall unit.
  • It allows us to tailor our answers to your class and go a speed that works well for them.
  • There will be time during the session to ask additional questions as well.


Google Slide Lessons

These programs are design for teachers to use in self-directed lessons for their remote learners. Each presentation focusses on a different topic and allows teachers to use the slide presentation at a pace that works best for their students. These programs are for use by a single teacher. Teacher’s will have access to the presentation for one month.

Google Slide Lessons include:

  • Images
  • Video Content
  • Questions and Acitivities for student learning


Please note these will be updated as more presentations become available.

Early Settler Clothing: How did settlers make textiles and clothing?

This Google Slide presentation discusses everything clothing and textile related.
Students will discuss:how many outfits settlers had, how they got their clothing, what the word textile means, what are fibres and how can they be used to make clothing, how yarn is made, and more. The presentation finishes with a discussion on how to reduce textile waste.

Included in the presentation are videos made by Fanshawe Pioneer Village on laundry, making dye, weaving, spinning, and 2 craft options for students.

Teachers will be given an accompanying PDF with an overview, slide show questions, further lesson activities, and instructions for the 2 crafts.