Distance Learning for Students

“Visit” the Museum of History through distance learning classes that are ready when you are! Our distance learning programs explore topics in North Carolina’s past where students participate in hands-on history opportunities.

To participate in these on-demand programs, choose the topic from the list below; complete the registration form, download the pdf of class materials; prepare any copies you need; and start the video! The video will have start and stop instructions, to allow students to participate. Note: videos may reference receiving replica artifacts. This option is no longer available. Downloadable Program Materials contain everything you need for these interactive classes.

 American Indians in North Carolina

Explore the fascinating history and contemporary culture of North Carolina's American Indian communities. Students will learn and share information about the state's tribes through small group activities, video clips, and class discussions. Focus I includes closer examination of the Coharie, Eastern Band of Cherokee, Sappony, and Waccamaw-Siouan tribes. Focus II emphasizes the Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, and Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation tribes. Grades 3–5. 

Civil War Stories from North Carolina

Why did North Carolina join the Confederacy? Did everyone in the state support the Civil War? What was life like during wartime? This primary-sources based program looks at individual North Carolinians who lived during the Civil War and uses their life experiences and writings to help students understand the choices faced and decisions made in response to the changes brought about by the war. Grades 4–8. 

Don’t You Know There’s A War On?

This distance learning class focuses on World War II from a North Carolina perspective. Using primary sources, cultural object images, and group discussions, students will engage with the question of “what makes a hero” as they learn about life for North Carolinians on the home front and at war. Grades 5–8.

History Mystery

How do historians unravel mysteries of the past? What does “stuff” tell us about how people lived long ago? By participating in group discussions and hands-on activities, students learn why the investigative skills of observation, hypothesis, and analysis are important in understanding history. Five different History Mystery topics are available.  Grades 3–5.  

Moccasins to Motorcars

With the help of a time line, learn how modes of transportation have changed and how those changes have affected North Carolinians. Determine the upsides and downsides of different ways of getting around! Students will participate in class discussions and hands-on activities in their discoveries of North Carolina’s transportation history. Grades 3–5. 

Naturally North Carolina

Naturally North Carolina explores the dynamic between people who make this land their home, and the geography and natural resources of the state. Using cultural objects, videos, and class discussions, students will learn about the interrelated history of people and places. Grades 3-5.