School Program

A Journey Through Time

Students with cow hideThe Homestead Museum is pleased to offer its California history program, A Journey Through Time, during the 2017-2018 school year. The program is offered free of charge to all participants!
Click here for a program brochure.


For information on other tour options for students, click here or call 626.968.8492.


Program Overview & Materials

A Journey Through Time consists of various multidisciplinary classroom activities and a comprehensive, hands-on visit to the museum, all focusing on the history of Southern California during the 1840s, 1870s, and 1920s.


Before or after your visit, students can learn about the focus decades in class through fun and engaging materials that are downloadable from our website. Among the activities that meet a number of Common Core and state standards are math story problems and vocabulary match-up games.


During their two-hour visit, students will enhance their observation and critical thinking skills by connecting the past to the present during their interactive journey into the history of the Los Angeles region's growth and development. Along the way, they will evaluate wants versus needs while bartering for supplies to live on an 1840s rancho; discovering how goods and services grew in the 1870s; and making connections between consumerism and advertising in the 1920s. These changes are reinforced by the students during their performance of a 1920s-style radio play.

Aside from the downloadable classroom activities, classes are provided with souvenir pencils and an audio file of their radio play performance. Bus stipends are available to all participating classes courtesy of the Industry Manufacturers Council (more information will be provided when booking).






A Journey Through Time tours are offered select weekdays from mid-October through May. All programs begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at noon. The program is limited to 70 fourth-grade classes and is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Two classes can be accommodated at the same time.

You can reserve your spot either online or by phone. When reserving, please have the following information ready:

• A preferred field trip date and an alternate date (You may also wish to verify your dates with your school transportation department.)
• Teacher’s name, school, address, phone number, e-mail address, and number of students
• If you would like your class to visit the Museum Store
• If you would like to use the picnic area afterwards for lunch
• If your class has any special needs (e.g., students with limited mobility, limited English proficiency)

Bus stipends are available to all participating teachers (on a first-come, first-served basis).

After receiving confirmation of your tour, please fill out and return a bus stipend request and W-9 form and return to: Homestead Museum 15415 Don Julian Road, City of Industry, CA 91745 Attn: Jennifer Scerra.

Please note: If we are fully booked for the year, we may be able to reserve a children’s tour for your class. While the tour would not include all of the components of A Journey Through Time, it would still serve as an excellent way to reinforce material covered in class. Feel free to call us at (626) 968-8492 for information about other programs for students.