School Program

Getting from Here to There

Early Forms of Transportation

What was it like to travel a long time ago?

Students will explore the changes in transportation as they experience a bumpy road riding in a the stagecoach, listen to a railroad story and “drive” a streetcar in the Journey to Work exhibit.  Then, they will see ships that have sailed the San Francisco Bay in the Ships of the World exhibit.

Discover the bus of the 1850s.

Child drives the streetcar in the exhibit Journey to Work

“Drive” a streetcar.

Objectives

Students will be able to identify five forms of transportation in San Mateo County, what made them move and if they are still used today.

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  • Geared to first and second graders.
  • History-Social Science Content Standards: 1.4 and 2.1.
  • Available on Tuesdays-Fridays at 10:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Please note the tour lasts 1 ½ hours.
  • On-Site Cost $95.  A double tour is possible for $108 per class.
  • Virtual Cost is $50 without hands-on activities, and $70 with hands-on activities.
  • Program fee applies to ONE class of up to 30 students.  

Some scholarships are available for low-income schools. To apply, complete the online scholarship form.

Online during COVID-19

The San Mateo County Historical Association is offering virtual school programs.

Program

What was it like to travel a long time ago? Students explore the changes in transportation in this virtual program. Before the program time, students will view a pre-recorded video tour of the Journey to Work and Ships of the World exhibits. Then, students will engage in a docent-led online presentation to discuss different forms of transportation long ago. An optional hands-on activity, building a paper plate model boat, is also available for an additional fee.

Details

  • Available on Tuesdays-Fridays at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. (other times by special arrangement)
  • Link to pre-recorded tour will be mailed after payment is received.
  • Hands-on Activity materials will be mailed to the school; contact us if you require alternate arrangements. Please schedule tours with hand-on activities at least 10 days advance to allow for kit assembly and mailing.
  • Fees 2021-2022: Fees apply to one class per program.
    • Without hands-on activity: $35 for a 30-minute program
    • With hands-on activity: $45 for a 40-minute program

Some scholarships are available for low-income schools. To apply, complete the online scholarship form.