Elementary School Group Programs

The San Marcos Historical Society offers a variety of programs for elementary students. Tours and activities are designed to fit the grade level of the students participating. Unfortunately, during construction at Heritage park some programs may not be available. Please schedule all tours two weeks in advance. Hands on History visits must be scheduled at least 4 weeks in advance.For more information please call (760) 744-9025



Historical Home Tours for Elementary Students

Come join us for a tour back in time. Docent led tours of historical homes in Heritage Park. Students get a glimpse of what life was like in San Marcos “in the olden days”. The Cox House collection contains many artifacts from the late 19th century. The Bidwell House provides a wider span of history during the first half of the 20th century. Our docents lead interactive tours using photographs, displays and narration to introduce students to some of the families that first settled in Twin Oaks Valley. By the end of the tour they will discover how they arrived in San Marcos, how they made a living, where they went to school, and what they did for fun a long time ago! Students will receive a bookmark at the end of the tour.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $1 per student

Note: Elementary students must be accompanied by their teacher and 1 additional adult per 8 students.


Hands on History

Students participate in several activities that will acquaint them with life in San Marcos in the 1890’s – 1920’s. Activities include: churning butter, doing household chores, games they would have played, a craft or story suitable to the grade level and a mini tour of one of the historical houses. Teachers select the combination of activities in advance and all materials are prepared in advance of the visit.

Most Hands on History activities will take place outside. In case of cold or rainy weather, some activities may be substituted on the day of the visit.

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: $5.00 per student

Note: Elementary students must be accompanied by their teacher and 1 additional adult per 8 students.


Traveling Trunk Show

Historical Society volunteers provide an interactive presentation for your classroom or school assembly. The presentation will include a brief history of San Marcos enhanced by stories, photographs and artifacts from the museum collection. Additional hands on activities can be provided for individual classrooms (churning butter, sewing/quilt making, games, family tree or crafts).

Duration: Presentation time 30 – 55 minutes depending on age group and number of students participating. Add 25 minutes for each activity.

Cost: Classroom presentation only $50.00 (up to two classrooms at the same time), additional activities are priced at $1.00 per student per activity. School Assembly $150.00 per presentation.