Visiting a museum is as close as you can get to the real thing. Sometimes, that museum IS the real thing. A couple of local examples are the Elisabet Ney Museum which used to be her home and studio, and the Texas State Capitol where a lot of history has been written. Other example around the area is the Alamo. Hearing about Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin will never be quite like staring at their statues at the Capitol’s entrance.
Kids are very receptive of stories. That’s one of the ways they learn about their society and its many rules. Introducing history as a series of true stories has much more value than all the facts you can throw at them. Remember history is there to teach us how to be better. Try to involve children whenever you are teaching them history. Being able to relate to situations and values helps them remember better.
One of the best ways they can relate to things is by visiting places that are filled with history. Whenever we visit the Texas State Cemetery they are much more receptive to information about various heroes and events. Visiting places such as the Austin City Hall and other local sources of history can help them develop identity! It also shows models of good and responsible citizenship, creating better and more engaged adults.
Our city is changing so fast that we can take advantage of it by showing it to kids. It’s hard to understand big and slow changes without being aware of small ones. By walking around the city and watching it change, kids can understand history and consequences a little better. What a better way to learn this blast to the past than attending one of our Texas Weeks! We will visit all of the above mentioned places and more!