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Educating Students: We inspire learning!

We offer art and social studies workshops to provide a hands-on learning experience for all grade levels with a focus on local and regional art and history. Activities offered help students make connections to their own experiences and aids them in developing their writing, oral communication, and critical thinking skills. Tours and workshops are tailored to the needs of your students based on grade level, or your request to emphasize what the students are learning or will be learning in the classroom. This year, to support schools during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are offering virtual field trip experiences in addition to our available downloadable digital resources. Each experience makes connections to current Kentucky Social Studies Standards. Read below for more information on the three virtual field trips or download our flier.

2020 Virtual Field Trip Flier (PDF)

Talavera Tile

Students will learn about the importance of Talavera tiles by examining their history and origins from Mexico. By identifying aspects of symmetry and color, students will create their own design incorporating decorative and functional design techniques.

Grades: 4-8

Cost: Free for Paris & Bourbon County students

Time: 1 hour


Appalachian Quilts: Geometry in Design

Manipulate tangram shapes and discover how they merge into traditional Appalachian quilt designs. Create and name your own paper quilt.

Grades 2-5

Cost: Free for Paris & Bourbon County students

Time: 2 hours

Bourbon County Then & Now

Using photos of historic Paris/Bourbon County, students will compare & contrast what life was like for people in the past. Students will create their own cabinet card & write a caption for their photo.

Grades 4-8 (we will customize according to the standards based on grade level)
Cost: Free for Paris & Bourbon County students
Time: 1 hour

Museum Classroom Kit: WWI


A resource for teachers to enhance student engagement with WWI. The kit provides a hands-on artifact and copies of primary sources in paper and digital form. The kit provides a lesson-plan and other resources that can be adapted by the teacher as needed.


How to check out a Teaching Kit: Kits can be checked out for two week periods, with shipping time added if needed. Kits are free to pick up from the Hopewell Museum located at 800 Pleasant St. Paris, KY or the cost of shipping. Kits are available to any schools in Kentucky. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Items are to be returned to the museum in the condition it was given. The school is responsible for the cost of any damaged items. To reserve a trunk, contact us at 859-987-7274 or education@hopewellmuseum.org

Click here to view flyer. (PDF)

Primary Source Research Presentation

We can schedule a presenter for your virtual classroom to teach students about conducting historical research with primary sources using examples from our collection.  We will also explain how they might use the museum’s resources to conduct their own research for social studies projects. This presentation is best suited for grades 6-12. We will support individual students involved in research projects, including National History Day. Call us at 859-987-7274 for more information. Students are also able to schedule research visits to the Hopewell Museum to receive one on one or small group support on research projects.

For more information about National History Day, click here (external link).

Van Meter Student History Award

This school year, Historic Paris-Bourbon County/Hopewell Museum is grateful to Dr. Woodford Van Meter for the opportunity to work with local educators in a partnership to create a competition for outstanding Bourbon County history projects.
The competition will follow guidelines adopted by National History Day, but will specify that the content must relate to local history. All local students grades 4-12 are invited to participate. Please see the 2019-2020 Mary Spears Van Meter Competition (PDF) flyer for more information on this year’s guidelines. Look for a suggested topic list from the Kentucky Historical Society featuring local history topics from around the state, including Bourbon County!

Since 1974, National History Day has improved history education and professional development opportunities for educators. More information, including project guidelines, can be found at NHD.org. This year’s theme is “Communication in History.” Projects may include: a historical research paper, exhibit, documentary, website or performance.

Awards will be $300 for the student in 1st place and $300 for their teacher, $200 for student in 2nd place and $200 for their teacher, & $100 for 3rd and $100 for their teacher.

Joy Vaughn Venters

Joy Vaughn Venters Memorial Art Education Fund

Joy Vaughn Venters Memorial Art Education Fund provides funding for student art workshops, art supplies for children’s programs, and more!

Click here for the brochure and more information on how you can help. (PDF)