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Fact #7 (deck-of-cards)

Deck of Cards

Each of the suits in a deck of cards represents the four major pillars of the economy in the Middle Ages. Heart represented the Church; Spades represented the military; Clubs represented agriculture; and Diamonds represented the merchant class.

Homeschool Programs

Join us for FIRST FRIDAY homeschool programs at the Frazier History Museum!  Offered on the first Friday afternoon of each month (August through May), we’ve taken our educational programs and set aside special times for our homeschool families.

Times: Programs normally run from 2:00 – 4:30 / please arrive by 1:45

-check specific programs for exceptions

-  families have the option to arrive early to enjoy the museum at no additional cost

Cost: $7.00 per person for non-members / $6.00 per person for members (including adults and young siblings)

Reservations:  Advance payment and reservations are required for all FIRST FRIDAY programs. Call (502)753-5663 to make your reservation today!

**Parents enjoy our FIRST FRIDAY Homeschool programs along with their children**


Upcoming Programs:

2014-15 FIRST FRIDAY Homeschool Programs

Friday, November 7, 2014: Diorama Day!

1:00 – 5:00 (flexible arrival time / begin at either location)

Recommended for K – 8th grades

The Frazier Museum is thrilled to team up with the Carnegie Center for Art and History for the first ever Diorama Day!  Students of all ages are enthralled with dioramas of all sizes, from the tiniest wooden figure in the historic scenes at the Carnegie Center to the toy soldier displays and life-size historic tableaus at the Frazier Museum.  Enjoy them all in one day through this unique homeschool program that we hope will inspire your students to go home and create their own diorama related to their current unit of study.  Related activities will be available at each site and you may begin at either location.  The Carnegie Center is located in New Albany, Indiana – just a 15 minute drive from the Frazier Museum.  For more information please visit http://www.carnegiecenter.org/exhibit_grandpa.html

Homeschool Diorama Display: Interested families may sign up in advance to display student-created dioramas for public viewing on the afternoon of November 7th.  For guidelines and to check for available spaces please call Megan Schanie at (502) 753-1045.


Friday, December 5, 2014: Holidays Around the World

1:00 – 4:00 (on-going arrival time)

Recommended for K – 8th grades

 This winter the Frazier Museum will once again host “Holidays Around the World” – a visually-stunning, multi-cultural tree display that celebrates holiday traditions found throughout Louisville’s diverse communities.  Join us to experience this festive and educational exhibit while enjoying a holiday celebration with other homeschool families!  Activities will include a tree scavenger hunt, a selection of craft/activity tables and holiday music and performances at the First Floor Stage.  (For this program only, museum members and children 4 and under are FREE – pre-registration is required)


Friday, January 9, 2015*: America’s Gilded Age – The Development of a Modern Nation

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for 4th – 12th grades

Technological innovations changed the landscape of America in the late nineteenth century, ushering in an era of wealth and luxury like the country had never seen before.  Yet, as the country’s prosperity grew, so too did the gulf between the upper class and working poor.  Through an analysis of the museum’s latest temporary exhibit, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Art, Fashion and Luxury in the Gilded Age, students will explore the themes of consumer culture, immigration, mass production, industrialization and urbanization.  The program concludes with a live performance related to the time period.  *Please Note: this program was changed to the second Friday in January due to the New Year holiday


 Friday, February 6, 2015: Cowboys – Stories of the American West

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for K – 5th grades

Learn the real stories of these heroic American figures. In the museum classroom, students handle cowboy gear and create their own cattle brand. Next, they travel the “Frazier Trail,” as they work in teams to complete their gallery investigation guide, examining primary and secondary sources from the American West. Observation techniques are put to work in the galleries as students compare and contrast knights and cowboys. Students “round-up” the day by meeting a cowboy and hearing about life out west!


Friday, March 7, 2015: Brother Against Brother: Kentucky During the Civil War

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for 4th – 8th grades

During this unique program, students gain an understanding of the important role that Kentucky played during the American Civil War and learn about the daily life of a Civil War soldier. Students participate in a 45 minute interactive presentation by an actor portraying both a Union and Confederate soldier from Kentucky. They take part in the action by learning marching drills, bandaging a wounded soldier and handling objects from a Civil War haversack. Afterwards, students complete an investigation guide in the museum galleries.


Friday, April 3, 2015: Declaring Your Independence

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for 4th – 8th grades

What inspired colonists to risk their lives to gain independence? The taxes and acts that so infuriated many of the colonists, and led to the American Revolution, are re-imagined as modern-day scenarios. By acting out the situations, students make connections and draw conclusions about this tumultuous time in our history. In the galleries, students work on investigation guides to explore the theme of independence throughout American history. The time-period comes to life, as students view a colonial-themed live performance.


Friday, May 1, 2015: Lewis and Clark

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for 2nd – 8th grades

Students will go on an immersive adventure through our Lewis and Clark exhibit to better understand the Corps of Discovery.   By re-tracing their steps, students will learn about local connections to the expedition, as well as land forms, animal species, and numerous Native American tribes encountered along the way.  Elements of culture within the various American Indian groups will be examined, as well as different perspectives of the event.  The program will conclude with a live performance related to the topic.

21 Responses to “Homeschool Programs”

  1. Regena McConnell says:


    I’m interested in registering Liam for the Civil War hs day in December. Is there a way to do that online, or must I call?

    I’m sad that he seems to be aging out of most of your programming. I still wish your staff would develop programing related to the many other wars of the 19th century!



  2. admin says:

    Hi Regena! To register Liam for the Civil War homeschool program, please call (502) 753-5663 to make your reservation today. We’ll be sure to pass on feedback to our Education Department regarding the age requirements for the programs.

  3. Tammy says:

    Are small private school groups allowed to attend these programs?

  4. admin says:

    Hi Tammy,

    Someone from our Education Department will be in touch with you regarding your question!

  5. Scott Tracy says:

    We would like to come up from Lexington for the Homeschool programs and were wondering if there were any suggested reading materials or pre-work lessons we could do before coming to the museum to make the visit even more meaningful (i.e. sample lesson plans with a focus on collections within the museum that could help guide us while visiting, etc.)? We love that you have a program, regardless. Thanks.

  6. admin says:

    Great minds think alike! Our Education Department is in the midst of developing pre- and post-visit materials for all of our guided programs, however, these materials will not be through our internal review process – and ready for public use – before the end of summer. Until then, we would be happy to share gallery guides or other resources that might help enrich your visit; please just contact us at education@fraziermuseum.org and let us know the topic of your FIRST FRIDAY homeschool program. Thanks for your interest in our programming and we look forward to meeting your family!

  7. Melanie Banks says:

    are there any spots open for April 6 for the knights program for homeschool? We just got done studying knights and would love to bring our boys to this. Thanks for your help.

  8. admin says:

    Yes, there are some spots open for the FIRST FRIDAY program, “Days of Knights” on April 6th, and we’d love to have you join us! Reservations are required, and can be made over the phone by calling (502)753-5663.

  9. Karen says:

    Hi! Can we sign up for the First Friday Samurai yet, or is that going to happen a little later on in the year?


  10. admin says:

    Hi there! You sure can! Call (502) 753-5663 to make your reservation any time.

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  12. Jennifer says:

    Where can I find the First Friday schedule for August 2012 on?

  13. admin says:

    Hi, we’re in the process of finalizing our Fall First Fridays schedule. At this point, we know the August program will be “Destination: Samurai” (recommended for k- 8th grades). Check back soon for more details!

  14. Ayrica says:

    Do you need to be a part of a home school group to attend the home school programming, or is it okay to attend as a private homeschooling family? We have not decided on a group at this time. Thank you.

  15. admin says:

    Yes! The FIRST FRIDAY homeschool programs are specifically designed so that individual homeschool families can sign up with as many or few spots as they need. You do not need to be a part of a homeschool group.

    Please keep in mind that pre-registration and payment are required and, due to space issues, we must charge every person that attends.

  16. Terra Santos says:

    Under pricing it adds $6 for younger siblings…. does this mean any aged child? In addition to our K and 4th grade students, we have a 3yr old, 1yr old and expecting again in December. Would even the youngests have a fee? Thanks! Groups sound exciting!

  17. admin says:

    Hi there. Yes, we do need to charge for all younger siblings (no matter the age) due to limited space in the Education classroom and other museum areas used for FIRST FRIDAY programming. If another adult attends, and pays regular admission, the children 4 and under would not be charged to visit the museum as a regular guest if they do not take part in the FIRST FRIDAY programming. Hope that helps, and hope to see you soon!

  18. courtney says:

    I love this program. I am a little confused as to why you only have one event for younger than 3rd grade . I have a first grade child who would love to do the other programs.

  19. Frazier Museum says:

    Hi Courtney. We’re glad to hear that you are enjoying our First Friday programs! We use First Fridays as a way to bring educational programming typically reserved for school groups to a non-traditional or home school audience. We have a limited number of programs suitable for younger children because our permanent galleries and upcoming temporary exhibitions are geared toward older children- primarily grades 4-12.

  20. Suzi Thomas says:

    When will you have a schedule for the Frazier First Fridays events for this fall? I am hoping the Mythic Creatures will be scheduled – it looks very interesting!
    Thank You,

  21. Frazier Museum says:

    We will have this information up shortly.

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