Education

Programs
Educational programming for children and adults is an important component of our mission at the Rockpile Museum. Two programs that are especially popular for Campbell County school children are 1890s School and Civil War Day.

1890s School1890s School
This program allows third and fourth grade students to step back in time and participate in a school day as it would be conducted during the 1890s. Campbell County’s pioneer history is woven into everyday life for children as they experience classroom rules and instruction with a schoolmarm, wear clothing typical for the time period, participate in schoolyard games and eat a pioneer-style lunch, among other things. Added authenticity comes from the setting: the museum’s Oriva-Morrish Schoolhouse, one of the area’s original country schools. Overall, this program is designed for students to discover the differences between contemporary and pioneer school life.

Below is a sample schedule of a pioneer school day; the subjects taught and instruction times were decided by the teachers.

9:30 - 9:45: Opening exercises (Pledge of Allegiance, etc.)
9:45 - 10:05: Penmanship
10:05 - 10:30: Arithmetic
10:30 - 10:45: Recess
10:45- 11:15: Recitation
11:15 - 11:30: Reading
11:30 - 12:00: Spelling Bee
12:00: Lunch/Dismissal


Civil War DayCivil War Day
A hands-on history program for Campbell County sixth graders, Civil War Day allows students to gain an appreciation for the human side of the War of the Rebellion, the most costly war in America’s history. Living historians portraying figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, doctors, and cavalrymen, along with other presenters, participate in this annual event. Students are able to learn from and ask questions to historians, helping them develop a better understanding of military and civilian life on both sides of the conflict.

Family Day Programs

A more recent addition to the museum’s educational offerings are Family Day programs. Three events are held at the museum during the fall and winter seasons, which in the past have included science and holiday themed activities. Be on the lookout for more information about upcoming events on the museum’s homepage.

More Educational Opportunities

In addition to school programming, the Rockpile hosts a number of special events for all ages. On yearly rotation, we host an appraisal fair, Native American artifact show, and organize trips to the Pumpkin Buttes. Throughout the year, we also offer presentations and numerous temporary exhibits focused on Wyoming history, culture, and the arts.


For reservations regarding programs or school group tours, please contact Penny Schroder at 307-682-5723 or via email. We are currently looking for volunteers to be teachers for our 1890s school program.