The Anthracite Heritage Museum provides guided tours for school children as well as adults. Tours are conducted by Museum Guides who will weave the story of life in the Anthracite region throughout the various exhibits on display. Educators are encouraged to contact the Museum in advance to arrange for school tours.
SCHEDULE A TOUR
To arrange a group or school tour, please complete our Guided Tour Registration Form and contact email Bode Morin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-963-4804 between 9:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.
Observing the following guidelines will help to assure a safe and enjoyable learning experience for everyone. Please distribute a copy of this to each teacher/chaperone/assistant in your group.
TOUR BOOKS FOR PURCHASE
Several books are available for purchase by mail prior to a tour, for tour leaders to read as a background, to enhance the tour experience for their group. Tour books can also be purchased by mail or at the Museum by tour participants. Below are three of our most popular titles.
For children in the third to fifth grade, approximately ages seven to ten years, the Museum has available the Pennsylvania Anthracite Museum Activity Book, containing twenty-three pages of activities. Completing the activities in this book will enhance the child’s experience of the Museum’s exhibit, “The Anthracite People”.
For school group leaders, the Museum has the Anthracite People Curriculum Guide. This guide is a multi-thematic unit containing activities, which represent each area of the multiple intelligences theory of Dr. Howard Gardner, of Harvard University. The activities are appropriate for classroom use for pre Kindergarten through Eighth grade. The Guide includes suggestions for pre-visit, on-site, and post-visit activities. It is intended to orient students prior to visiting the Museum and to reinforce concepts presented by tour guides and exhibits.
For all group leaders is the newly published Anthracite Heritage Museum and Scranton Iron Furnaces, a 48-page book “Pennsylvania Trail Of History Guide”, with text by Harold Aurand. The book focuses on the people, labor, and culture of coal mining and related industries in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Museum displays objects and images of the everyday life of coal miners and their families, including exhibits of household furnishings, religious artifacts, and work implements and machinery. Nearby, the Scranton Iron Furnaces has four stone blast furnace stacks built between 1848 and 1857 for the Lackawanna Iron and Steel Company, and commemorates an industry that relied on anthracite fuel and expanded as a result of it. The book includes a tour of the Museum and the furnaces.