Young Historians Homeschool Program

DSC01137Experience a different side of Oakland Cemetery with Young Historians, Historic Oakland Foundation’s educational program for homeschool students and their families. Each program will explore a special topic and offer opportunities for students to learn in the unique setting of Oakland Cemetery.

Each two-hour program includes games, fun activities, and tours designed to engage and educate. Programs are grade-appropriate and educational activities correspond to Georgia Performance Standards.

Young Historians programs are from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Programs will be held inside the Visitors Center and outside on the grounds of Oakland Cemetery.

Young Historians tickets are $6 for Historic Oakland Foundation members, $8 for non-members, and free for adults. Spaces are limited, so you must register to attend and you can purchase tickets when you arrive at the Visitors Center.

To reserve a ticket or for more information, contact Marcy Breffle at mbreffle@oaklandcemetery.com or (404) 688-2107 ext. 16.

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Upcoming Programs

Mark your calendars for our Fall 2017 Young Historian programs! Registration opens August 1 for all fall programs.

We Built This City: The Pioneers of Atlanta 
Thursday, August 24
Morning Session: AT CAPACITY
Over the last two centuries, Atlanta has transformed from a rural railroad outpost into a bustling metropolis. In this Young Historians program, we’ll meet some of the founding sons and daughters of a town originally known as “Terminus.” With Atlanta’s past in mind, Young Historians will channel their inner-architect and design a model city for the future.
Age: Recommended for grades 3-6 (ages 8-12).

History Comes Alive
Wednesday, September 6 (Day 1) and Wednesday, October 11 (Day 2)*
Morning Session: AT CAPACITY
Afternoon Session: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
With more than 70,000 people buried at Oakland, there are thousands of stories waiting to be told. During this two-part homeschool program (September and October), Young Historians will learn the art of storytelling, research an Oakland “resident,” and become a junior tour guide!
Age: Recommended for grades 4-8 (ages 9-14).
*Young Historians must attend the September program to participate in the October program.

September 6: Young Historians will learn tips and tricks to become good storytellers. After honing their storytelling skills, they will choose an Oakland resident to research. At home, Young Historians will research this person and write a brief history about their life.

October 11: Young Historians will become official Oakland tour guides! Each Young Historian will perform their script for the group in a student-led tour. Young Historians are encouraged to dress up like their residents and perform their script in the first person.

Mayor for a Day
Friday, November 3
Morning Session:10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Afternoon Session: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
If you could be mayor for a day, what would you do to make your community a better place? During this program, we’ll learn about the importance of local government and discover how citizens work together to lead a community. Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place for 27 former Atlanta mayors. We’ll meet a few of these residents and discover how their legacies changed Atlanta.
Age: Recommended for grades 3-8 (ages 8-14).

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Young Historians Frequently Asked Questions

What time should we arrive for the program?
Check-in will begin 15 minutes before the program starts at the Visitors Center. Click here for directions and parking options for Oakland Cemetery.

How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets should be purchased in the Visitors Center when you arrive for the program. Young Historians tickets are $6 for Historic Oakland Foundation members, $8 for non-members, and free for adults. Spaces are limited, so you must register in advance to attend.

What are the expectations for adult participation? Do I need to stay with my child(ren)?
Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay with their children during the program. A portion of each program will be spent on the grounds of Oakland Cemetery, so you will also have an opportunity to learn about this historic site along with your child.

How large are the classes?
Each program’s enrollment size varies but will not exceed 25 students.

I registered my child(ren), but we can no longer come. What should I do?
Please email Marcy Breffle at mbreffle@oaklandcemetery.com to let us know you won’t be coming.