Throughout its history, the Society has collected, preserved and displayed its collections of artifacts, photographs, archives, and manuscripts for the education of the community about the history of Chagrin Falls and the vicinity. Collections have been identified and displayed for the edification of visitors. Programs on topics of general historical interest as well as topics pertinent to the history of Chagrin Falls have been presented to school children, scouts, citizen groups and community organizations.
What can do:
- The Society provides age appropriate programs for students from pre-K through 12, that follow the curriculum requirements of local public, private and parochial schools. Programs may consist of hands-on projects, lectures, multimedia presentations, exhibits and/or displays, using the resources available at the Society.
- Programs may be offered onsite or as traveling programs.
- Programs may focus on aspects of the history of Chagrin Falls or may illustrate national and international events as reflected in the Society’s collections.
- Field Trips. If your school or Scout troop is located in the area, we do accommodate field trips to the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum. Field Trips include a short lesson by the staff and a tour of the museum. To schedule a field trip please email Ruth Zeager at [email protected]
The Director of the Education program works with students and teachers in the Chagrin Falls District. Committees plan lessons that pertain to the Learning Standards for Social Studies set forth at each grade level by the State of Ohio. We have presented our lessons and Chagrin Falls history using those standards. All volunteers are retired teachers from Chagrin Falls and area schools. Below are lessons we have developed with teachers for their classrooms:
- Third Grade
- All third graders in the district receive a two day lesson on the history of Chagrin Falls. We leave a History Container for the teachers to enrich our lessons with the students. Family passes are given to students to bring their family to the Museum.
- All third graders also have the opportunity to enter a contest to Lead the Parade, Blossom Parade by writing what historical location is their favorite and why in Chagrin. Three students are selected to ride in our lead car, a ’57 Chevrolet Police Car.
- Fourth Grade
- All 4th graders we the Underground Railroad and its history in Chagrin Falls. It is a fascinating study that the students enjoy learning about.
- A Historical Container is left in the room to enhance the lesson. Family passes are given to students to bring their family to the Museum.
- Fifth Grade
- A fifth-grade lesson is taught on the Native Americans of North East Ohio and the Chagrin Area.
- We leave a Historical Container to enhance the lesson presented. Family passes are given to students to bring their family to the Museum.
- Sixth Grade
- All sixth graders come to the Museum over a two-day lesson and tour of the Museum that introduces their Economics Unit using their vocabulary as it applies to the manufacturing sites in early Chagrin Falls. The natural resources of the Chagrin River and trees were the draw to settle this area.
- Multiple Grades
- A class of 4th 5th and 6th graders comes to the Museum to research a building older than 100 years in Chagrin Falls. They work in groups, and present their research, with photos, on their Chrome book for a QR reader to be put onto the building.
- Eleventh Grade
- The eleventh-grade government classes receive a lesson on the history of Government in Chagrin Falls, that lesson is followed with a lesson of Chagrin Falls government solving a Village problem. The students choose to learn about illegal gambling and horse racing 100 years ago in Chagrin.
- Twelfth Grade
- The Historical Society provides three scholarships of $1.500 each to selected applicants in their senior year.
- We encourage Senior Projects.
For more information or to schedule a field trip please contact Ruth Zeager at [email protected]