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Introducing Living History Tours!

We are excited to introduce our new living history tour options for student groups. These school and student group tours will provide an unforgettable visit through hands-on activities. The tours are designed to help students experience daily life at a Cherokee plantation in the mid-19th century. A variety of customizable options will provide the perfect tour for your group!

Who Can Participate?

Student groups of between 10 and 65 students. The activities are geared toward elementary, middle school and high school students.

What Will We Do?

Tours are tailored to your group. Every group will be given the opportunity to tour the mansion, log cabin, outbuildings and gift shop. In addition, group leaders may choose from the following living history activities for a hands-on experience:

  • Graces - Learn to play the game of graces, a hoop-tossing game also known as French hoops, that taught 19th-century children manners and how to move gracefully. Outdoor activity.
  • Laundry - Try your hand at laundry techniques of the 1800s. Take a turn at washing a piece of fabric using washboard and tub methods.
  • Cooking and Gardening - Take a tour of the Murrell Home gardens and learn what foods were grown on the plantation. Seasonal availability, subject to weather and growing seasons.
  • Corn Production - Learn how the staple crop of corn was produced on the plantation. Try your hand at shelling corn from the cob and grinding it into flour.
  • Weaving/Looms - Learn beginning weaving techniques. Use a cardboard loom to make a small weaving project, and take the woven fabric and loom home with you!
  • Felting - Learn how to make felt. Students will make a piece of felt from carded wool and be able to take their piece home. Participants will use water, so clothes may get slightly wet.
  • Drop Spindle - Students will learn to spin carded wool into yarn using a drop spindle and be able to take home their own piece of homespun yarn.
  • Dancing - Learn about social customs and participate in a traditional lawn dance from the 1800s.
  • Pressing Flowers - Pressing flowers was a common craft for youngsters in the 1800s. Learn to press and dried flowers as keepsake items, and take your project home.

How Long is the Tour, and What Does It Cost?

Cost for living history tours is based on the length of the tour and the number of students. Teachers and adult chaperones are always free. The following options are available:

  • 2-hour tour – Includes 2 living history activities ($2.00/student)
  • 3-hour tour – Includes 4 living history activities ($3.50/student)
  • 4-hour tour – Includes 6 living history activities ($5.00/student)

How Do I Book a Tour?

Contact our education staff at (918) 456-2751 to reserve a date and time. After you have reserved a date, download this form to customize your activities. Please return the completed form by mail, email or in person to:

Amanda Pritchett, Historical Interpreter
George M. Murrell Home Historic Site
19479 E. Murrell Home Rd.
Park Hill, OK 74451
apritchett@okhistory.org

Demonstration of spinning wool on a walking wheel. About the 1850s Cherokee Homestead

The historic Daniel Cabin on the Murrell Home grounds houses a living history program for schools and the public to demonstrate how the typical Cherokee family lived in the year 1850. A seasonal interpreter is on site at the Daniel Cabin to demonstrate the daily life of an early Cherokee through hands-on living history activities. The public and school groups are invited to visit the cabin and take part in a variety of activities such as cooking, laundry, gardening, spinning and weaving cloth, games, and more. The Daniel Cabin is open to the public from April 1 to October 31 during regular museum hours.

I would like to schedule a tour for my school group or organization.

Daniel Cabin on the grounds of the Murrell Home.

Group tours for schools and student organizations are available year-round. Regular tours include the mansion, gift shop, outbuildings, Daniel Cabin (in season), and grounds. The museum also hosts an annual living history education day for students in May. Our adjacent park, nature trail, and playground are open everyday for group picnics or activities on a first come, first serve basis. To schedule a tour or for more information contact educational coordinator Amanda Pritchett at (918) 456-2751 or email apritchett@okhistory.org.

Attention Teachers

Download our free teacher's curriculum and activity guide for your students. You are welcome to photocopy the activity pages to familiarize your students with the Murrell Home before their visit.

If you are a teacher and would like to be added to our email list for programs please sign up online.