800 Pleasant St, Paris, KY 40361 info@hopewellmuseum.org 859.987.7274


Educating Students: We inspire learning!

We offer art and social studies workshops to provide a hands-on learning experience aligned with Common Core and Kentucky Academic Standards in addition to our exhibit tours. 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. Transportation grants and art workshop scholarship fees for Paris and Bourbon County students are available on a first come-first serve basis thanks to Paris Rotary Club.

Click here for the Field Trip Education Flyer for Fall 2018 which lists the  programming for the upcoming school year. Individual workshops are listed below with links to the objectives. Email education@hopewellmuseum.org today to reserve your Spring 2019 Field Trip or to invite us to your classroom!

New! Van Meter 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 Mary Spears Van Meter Award will be given to a local student who submits an outstanding Bourbon County History Project. 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 6-12 are invited to participate.
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 “Triumph and Tragedy.” Projects may include: a paper (essay); exhibit; documentary; website or performance. Submissions are due to HPBC/Hopewell Museum by May 1, 2019 for judging.
A Local History Day event will be hosted on May 16 for students to present their projects to our community, and winners and their teachers will be honored at the annual Mary Spears Van Meter Dinner held in August. 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.
Local teachers met with HPBC/HM Education Committee members to develop plans for the competition. If you would like to offer support to an educator or teacher participating in the competition or to be a judge, contact us at info@hopewellmuseum.org.

Primary Source Research Presentation

We can schedule a presenter for your class at school or at the museum 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.

For more information about National History Day, click here.

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 info@hopewellmuseum.org.


Click here to view flyer.

Painted Self-Portraits


Be inspired by famous examples and those from our current exhibit, The Many Faces of Bourbon County, and paint your own self-portrait!

Grades: K-5

Cost: 1 per student


Click Here to View Objectives



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 K-5.
Cost: $1 per student.

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Bowl of peaches

Still Life through Time & Culture

Compare examples of still life from several different art periods from the 16th century to the present and different cultures. Create your own still-life masterpiece using objects as a model and with your choice of media (pencils, colored pencil, crayons, watercolor, construction paper).

Grades K-8.
Cost: $1 per student.
Time: 1 hour

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Bourbon County Pioneer

Using primary source documents & artifacts, students will make choices about what a pioneer family moving to Bourbon Co. will pack in their wagon. Make your own quill pen (to keep) and write a letter home with advice on what to bring with you (or not) to the frontier.

Grades 2-8 (we will customize according to the standards based on grade level)
Cost: $1 per student
Time: 1 hour.

Bourbon County Pioneer Objectives.

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.