Work has been on-going at the museum for their backroom to be turned into a classroom.
In December 2018 the Museum secured $73,700 funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to research and develop curriculum to be taught to students in grades three to 11.
“We realized that we did need a classroom space at the museum to be able to present the program well and to allow the students to explore many of the artifacts we have in the museum,” Chair of the North Hastings Heritage Museum board Mary Kavanagh explains. Furniture has been ordered and will be arriving in the coming weeks.
“Over the summer we’re going to be extraordinarily busy writing the curriculum and making sure everything is in place,” Kavanagh continues. The program has already begun with students and parents giving feedback as the curriculum continues to be shaped.
Kavanagh put out a call to homeschooled students who want to be a part of the program over the summer. “Over the course of the summer we will have as many of the homeschooled children in as we possibly can,” Kavanagh says.
“When children study history at school it’s usually very generic,” Kavanagh says. That’s why she believes this is an important program to have locally. She wants to be able to teach students about local history. “All that went on before they were alive, before their parents, their grandparents and great grandparents were alive,” Kavanagh says.
Kavanagh says that they have also moved the genealogy centre into its own space to allow for a more private setting. A storytelling area has also been made in the front of the museum.