|Visiting students will experience a day in the life of Lyles
Station School children in the early 1900’s.
Visit our Heritage classroom
Enjoy Work and Play Hands-on Activities
The reputation of the schools was that they educated without excuse, demanding excellence from the minds that entered the
building, with the full support of the surrounding community. They aspired to greater personal success. The Heritage
Classroom allows students to participate in a unique historic classroom environment. Students will be exposed to the
education techniques used in the 1920's.
Teachers and other personnel are trained to reflect the current circumstances of the period, referring to the “President” as
the president who was sitting at that time. Students are introduced to lessons as they were taught at that time and life
experiences authentic to the era, such as careers in farming, commerce etc. before 20th century technology.
Sack lunches and outdoor restroom facilities will further complete the authentic experience of the students. Visitors
to the Heritage School will be able to view classrooms in progress without disrupting the students via remote
LSHPC developed, with the guidance of a professional curriculum specialist, a curriculum to be used in the school. The
curriculum is to consider the extraordinary history of the community as well as broader issues of community race relations and
Our goal is to recreate, with reasonable accuracy, a sense of life and learning in Lyles Station in the 1920’s when the school
building was new and the school, and community thriving. The LSHPC envisioned a program similar to that operated in
Monroe County at Honey Creek School, but different in that it is rooted in the specific heritage of the Lyles Station community,
an African American community.
Development phases of the Heritage Classroom include the development of curriculum/content design and the creation of a
historical/interactive learning environment.
The goals of the project were to combine the authenticity of historical experience, teaching pedagogy and topics, while being
supported by contemporary educational technology.
For both projects the larger goal was to share the Lyles Station story locally, regionally, and nationally.
We hope that these projects will serve as a model for other such communities throughout the United States and the
corporation anticipates serving as a resource to other African American communities and organizations who strive to recreate
our hidden history.
The importance of education has been
evident African American children were
denied access to public schools until 1869.
The Lyles Station children first attended a
private Subscription School that was
organized by their elders. School was held
in a log building owned by the Hardshell
Baptist Church, located in the Switch
A three-room school was later built on
property across the road from the Wayman
Chapel A.M.E. Church in Lyles Station. The
mere basics of reading, writing, and
arithmetic was taught to the children.
The former slaves and elders of the Lyles
Station Settlement recognized the
importance of educating their future
generations. This was the key to success
that they wanted their children and
grandchildren to have.
|Work and Play Field Trip
|2 Hour Field Trip
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
$5.00 per student (70 students- Maximum capacity- 15 students minimum)
Students will make candles, churn butter, wash clothes on a wash board, play marbles, shell corn through a hand
cranked machine and other activities. Students will take a tour of the museum and log cabin as well as participate
in a short handwriting lesson on the slate boards in the Heritage Classroom.
Students will be allowed to visit the gift shop at the end of the field trip. We sell a variety of small toys, post cards,
books, and school supplies.
The museum is fully handicapped accessible, and is equipped with an elevator.
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (We can adjust these times for your schedule)
$8.00 per student- (15 students minimum and 34 students maximum capacity-)
Students will step into the shoes of those who walked the halls of Lyles Station Consolidated School in the
1920's. Our Schoolmarm will greet them with a friendly but strict demeanor. Students will recite from McGuffey
Readers, learn arithmetic, practice handwriting on a slate board, learn about President Warren Harding and
history about the United States. Students will stand when speaking and learn common classroom etiquette
followed in the 1920's.
Students will bring a sack lunch, which will be eaten outside, weather permitting, followed by circle games, hoop
and stick, bucket brigade, marbles, and sack races. The students may drink water pumped from our well and
then take a quick bathroom break in our outhouses before returning to the classroom for afternoon lessons.
We encourage students to dress in old-fashioned style clothing if they choose. Boys wore overalls with
buttoned shirts and girls wore long skirts, buttoned shirts, and bonnets. Girls may wear braids but should avoid
sitting in front of anyone who might dip the end of her braid in an ink well...
Of course this misbehavior would be just cause for standing in the corner and writing "I will not disobey the class
rules," 100 times, on the chalkboard after school.
Our hope is that students leave with a new appreciation for their modern classrooms and gain an understanding
of what school was like for students at Lyles Station Consolidated School.
|Call us and find out how YOUR classroom field trip can be FREE!!! (812)385-2534