Museum Educational Resources

Museum Educational School Programming

Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre offers the following tours for students:

  • Our Town Hall
    • Students will learn about the founding of Caledonia, stories of early settlement, and explore the development of the community through hands-on activities
    • Grades K – 3
    • Curriculum Connections: Our Community
    • $3.50 per student
  • In-Class Presentations
    • No need for a bus! Let us come to you!  Three different presentations to choose from:
      • The History of Caledonia –  Famous People and Places
      • Black History of Haldimand County – Our Story
      • Using Primary Sources for School Project
      • Flat Rate for 1-1.5hr visit – $50.00
  • Badge Programs
    • Custom programs available.  Call to tailor a program for your group
    • $3.50 per participant.  Leaders are free.

Elementary School Programs

  • School Days Past
    Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum allows students to experience a typical day in a one-room rural school. Costumes, role-playing, lessons and games help modern youngsters learn about their heritage and the history of education. The day-long program, which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., is specially tailored to the 2013 school curriculum. A shortened program, which runs from either 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., can also be provided for other interested groups. Adults welcome too!
  • Cost: $6.75/student (full day), $3.50/student (half-day), teachers/adult helpers – free.
  • Programs are offered off-site as well. For bookings or more information please contact the museum at (905)776-3319.

School Trip Program brochure

  • Curriculum
    • Grade 1: Social Studies – Roles and Responsibilities
    • Grade 2: Social Studies – Traditions and Celebrations
    • Grade 3: Social Studies – Heritage and Identity
    • Grade 6: Social Studies – Heritage and Identity

The following is a list of educational programs that can be used in combination with our “School Days Past” Pioneer Unit:

  • Prominent People of Haldimand County: Grades 6 to 8
    Students will examine the lives of two prominent figures in Haldimand County: that of David Thompson I, soldier, politician and businessman. He built Ruthven as a symbol of his prosperity and was one of the promoters of the Grand River Navigation Company. He was also responsible for laying out the town of Indiana. Thompson was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1841 and served as the first member for Haldimand until his death in 1851.Lyric poet Wilson Pugsley MacDonald was born in nearby Cheapside and published many works, including “Out of the Wilderness” and “Flagon of Beauty.” Albert Einstein once said of him, “He’s the greatest thing I have found in Canada.”
  • War of 1812
    Haldimand and Norfolk have usually been ignored in accounts of the War of 1812, but a significant skirmish took place in Nanticoke in 1813. Traitors were captured here, mills and buildings were burned, citizens were harassed, a militia officer was killed and a government reward offered for the capture of his murderers. This program taps into local events of the War of 1812 involving role-playing by the students.
  • World War 1 Program will be offered. Please inquire.