19th Century Schoolhouse Experience
The 19th Century Schoolhouse program offers an immersive experience where children can step back in time to learn reading, geography, civics, and arithmetic. Through the use of desks with ink wells, slate chalkboards, and McGuffey Readers, students gain firsthand experience of the tools and materials used during that era, providing a tangible connection to the past while expanding their understanding of historical education methods.
Our program is FREE for all second-grade classes in Wauwatosa, both public and private. All programs are in the morning from 9am to 11:30am. Maximum 28 students.
We accept bookings from school districts outside of Wauwatosa and from nonprofit or private organizations. The cost is $5 per student. Minimum 15 students.
The Schoolhouse is on the second floor of the Coach House on the Kneeland-Walker grounds, accessible by stairs only.
Visiting students may wear period attire (bonnets, aprons, suspenders) to get into the spirit of the turn-of-the-century schoolhouse experience. Aprons and neckerchiefs are available to all the students.
Schoolhouse programs are offered in the spring (April and May) and fall (September and October). Classes are taught by volunteers, and dates for each season are based on volunteer availability. If interested, please complete and submit the form below. For more details, view the Teacher FAQ