The Rio Colorado Division of the Arizona Historical Society has a variety of education programs which can be geared toward specific age or group needs.
Museum Tours are given by appointment only. Staff or volunteers provide a 1-hour tour of the exhibits, the garden and the birds. Tours are given during regular museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM (closed on holidays). The museum address is 240 Madison Avenue, Yuma, Arizona.
Walking Tours of the Yuma Main Street or Brinley Avenue Historic Districts are offered by appointment. Tours are 1 hour in duration and discuss architectural styles, dates of construction, people who lived in the buildings, and what was happening in Yuma at the time of construction.
Slide Shows and Videos are available to local schools and organizations for check out or can be presented by a staff member. These programs highlight Arizona and Yuma area historical subjects from mining to the 1930's Depression years.
Living History Characters can visit your school or group. RCD has 3 characters: Sarah Bowman (came to visit Fort Yuma with her military husband in the 1850's and eventually set up her own business) talks about her participation in the Mexican War, how she made her money in Mexico and Arizona, and what life was like on the frontier; Martha Summerhayes (a military wife arriving in Arizona Territory in 1875) talks about arriving on a steamboat, learning to live on the desert, and finding out that the life of a military wife was not an easy one; Mary Elizabeth Post (a teacher arriving in Yuma in the 1870's) talks about steamboat and wagon rides, teaching children who didn't speak English, and the conditions of schools and education in the Arizona Territory.
RCD has a series of education programs for grades K-6 which deal with such subjects as area archaeology, history and natural history. Each program is accompanied by large photographs, reproductions of historic items, and activities to make the teaching process more exciting.
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