The Pioneer School Program

Each spring, the museum welcomes nearly 1,500 second grade students from Dearborn Public Schools, and other area schools, to participate in the Pioneer School Program field-trip to the Dearborn Historical Museum. This program helps to show students what life was like in Wayne County for settlers during the 1830s. It includes four interactive stations: butter churning, planting seeds, writing on chalk boards in a one-room school house, and learning about how Dearborn has changed over the years.

This program is dependent on volunteers and sponsorships. If you are interested in supporting this program, please contact Hanna Elayan at or (313) 565-3000. We offer this program both in person and online. The following page provides access to the virtual Pioneer Program option.

Virtual Pioneer Program Option

Teacher Information & Planning Materials

Pioneer Program Activities

Pioneer Program Games

Pioneer Program Art Projects

Primary Resources

Below are primary resources from the Museum’s collection, including photos, artifacts, book passages, and interviews, that can be used to help students learn about pioneer life in Wayne County during the 1800’s.


Book Passages