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Educating Students: We inspire learning!

2020 Spring Field Trip Flier listing Hopewell Museum school field trip options and current exhibits. 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. 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 2020 Spring Field Trips which lists the  programming for the upcoming school year. Individual workshops are listed below with links to the objectives.

Complete our 2020 School Tour Form and email it to education@hopewellmuseum.org today to reserve your Fall 2019 Field Trip!

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 flyer for more information on this year’s guidelines. Look for a suggested topic list this fall!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 “Breaking Barriers.” Projects may include: a historical research paper, exhibit, documentary, website or performance.

Students will have the chance to present their projects to our community at the Hopewell Museum’s 25th Birthday Party on May 17 at 2 PM. Winners and their teachers will be honored at the annual Mary Spears Van Meter Dinner on August 7 at 6 PM. 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.

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 education@hopewellmuseum.org


Click here to view flyer.

New! Be the Curator

Using primary and secondary sources from previous Hopewell Museum exhibits, students will work in small groups to create their own “mini-exhibit” during their field trip.

Grades: 4-12

Cost: $1 per student

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 K-5

Cost: $1 per student

Time: 2 hours

Click Here to view objectives.

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.