We offer a wide variety of programs for both adults and children. Activities range from specialized tours to traveling outreach programs, both of which can be adapted to your needs. Contact our education department for more details at (409) 832-1906.
Just for Kids and Teens
McFaddin-Ward offers outreach and onsite programs for children to have fun while learning about history. Onsite programs can be scheduled in conjunction with a museum or carriage house tour. To schedule either type of program, we require a minimum of 10 children and six weeks advance notice. For more details on our programming, contact us at (409) 832-1906.
6 to 12 year olds
Old Time School Days
Children learn what it was like to be a kid 100 years ago! They perform chores, try on clothes, play with toys, use an old telephone and learn about other aspects of life long ago.
The Good Old Days
Learn all about a special time in history…the 1940s! The program includes costumed interpreters, a short film highlighting the decade, and hands-on objects from the period.
This interactive after-school program teaches children about organic gardening and nutrition, and helps develop a love of nature and conservation. The program is offered seasonally in the museum Victory Garden and focuses on a variety of gardening topics.
All children play with toys! How long do you think they have been around? With this hands-on program, children learn about vintage toys, their history, and importance.
Ever wonder where old-fashioned manners have gone? In the past, everyone—from domestic employees to high society—used good manners; in fact, whole books were written on the subject. Through role-play and hands-on activities, children learn etiquette and social customs of yesterday and how good manners are still important today.
Messin’ With Texas
Through puppetry and song, Tex Cleanup and his friends teach children it’s never OK to litter. This live and interactive program teaches the importance of keeping Southeast Texas clean and green and sharing that message with friends and neighbors.
Neighborhood and Community
By discussing images of older structures in the community, children learn how neighborhoods change over time and how they fit into local history.
Tweens and Teens
Neighborhood and Community
By discussing images of older structures in the community teenagers learn how neighborhoods change over time and how they fit into local history.
Mind Your Manners
Through skits, discussion, and role playing, teens learn proper behavior in today’s world, including cellphone etiquette, table setting and dining etiquette, introductions, public manners, and good citizenship.
This interactive program teaches teens about organic gardening and nutrition and helps develop a love of nature and conservation. The program is offered as outreach or onsite in the museum’s Victory Garden and focuses on a variety of gardening topics. Victory Garden volunteer opportunities are also available for our tweens and teens.
Messin’ With Texas
Through puppetry and song, Tex Cleanup and his friends teach that it’s never OK to litter. This live and interactive program teaches the importance of keeping Southeast Texas clean and green and sharing that message with friends and neighbors. Volunteer opportunities are also available for our tweens and teens.
Junior Interpreter Program
Teens ages 13-18 looking for a unique experience and a way to earn community service hours can become junior interpreters (JIs). The program inspires teens to be lifelong consumers of culture and museum advocates. Training, offered each June, teaches JIs to give tours of the museum and the carriage house and introduces them to local history. As their volunteer service continues, they learn life and leadership skills, including communication and customer service.
McFaddin-Ward offers outreach and onsite programs for adults on a variety of educational and entertaining topics. Onsite programs can be scheduled in conjunction with a museum or carriage house tour. To schedule either type of program, we require six weeks advance notice. For more details on any of our programming, contact us at (409) 832-1906.
Remember when life was simpler, and gasoline was 13 cents a gallon? Stirring images and music set the stage for a look back at a special time…the 1940s! Costumed interpreters bring back memories with stories and objects from that remarkable decade.
Our hands-on toy program brings back memories of best-loved toys and games and encourages reminiscing about childhood days. The toys used in this program range from the late 1800s to 1965.
Learn how to start and care for an easy-to-maintain organic garden. The program is offered onsite in the museum’s Victory Garden, or as outreach, and focuses on a variety of gardening topics. Victory Garden volunteer opportunities are also available.
- Local History PowerPoint Presentations
- The McFaddin-Ward House
- Beaumont History
- Story of Spindletop
- Gilded Age in Southeast Texas (1890-1920)
- African-American Community
- Beaumont in the Republic of Texas
- Beaumont in the Civil War
- Christmas in Texas
- Christmas Through the Years 1900—1950
- Fashion and Culture 1890—1950
- Changing Hemlines
PowerPoint presentations cover ten-year periods between 1900-1950 and focus on Southeast Texas and its place in the nation and the world.
Consumerism and Culture
- Fanfares: Keeping Cool Before Air Conditioning
- Architecture and Design
- Japonisme—Influences of the East
- Artistic Accessories
- 20th-Century Jewelry
The McFaddin-Ward House Museum is the perfect way to bring history to life. Students experience history through tours designed to connect with curriculum and a variety of educational levels. Hands-on activities may also be arranged, as well as a behind-the-scenes meeting with our curators. Tours are always free for students and must be scheduled at least six weeks in advance. Contact our reservation desk at (409) 832-1906 for details and reservations.
Museum and Carriage House Tours
Arrange for your school or classroom to visit the museum! Students tour the McFaddin-Ward House and the carriage house allowing them to see what life was like for a wealthy Southeast Texas family. Our tours may also be combined with a tour at the French House Museum to learn about 100 years of Texas history—1850—1950. Tours for schools are free of charge, and must be planned six weeks in advance.
Onsite and Classroom Programs
Teachers may arrange either for a condensed tour paired with hands-on activities at the museum, or for interpreters to visit your classroom prior to or after your visit. Please specify desired programming when arranging for your tour.
How to Plan for Your Visit to the McFaddin-Ward House
- Select a tour option and several date options. Tours subject to availability.
- Contact (409) 832-1906 to make arrangements.
- Prepare students for their visit.
- Explain museum etiquette to students: do not touch items in the museum, stay on the tour track and with their assigned group, and respect their tour guide by listening and raising hands to ask questions.
- Remind students that photography, chewing gum, and candy are not allowed in the museum.
- Students should wear tennis or closed-toe low-heeled shoes during the tour.
- Students must leave bags, purses, and other items on the bus.
- The bus driver should park on the street in front of the house at 1906 McFaddin Avenue, facing 4th Street, so children do not have to cross the street.
Post-Tour Activities and Questions
- Write a compare/contrast paper on the museum and homes today.
- What did the students see different in the home that are no longer in homes today?
- How many children did Mr. and Mrs. McFaddin have?
- Make a family tree of your family. How far back can you go?
- How many domestic employees would be required to take care of a house the size of the McFaddin-Ward House?
- Ask if any of the students have maids, personal chefs, butlers, etc.
- How many fireplaces are in the house?
- Explain why historical preservation in important.
- What was the McFaddins’ chef’s name? Where did he live?
- How did the McFaddins obtain their wealth?
- Start a diary.
- What was the carriage house used for?
- Talk about the oak trees—William and Rachel. Why are they named? Who are they named after?