Traveling History and Civics Program

Experience the National Constitution Center’s innovative, interactive civic education programs at your school with the Traveling History & Civics Program. Using historical artifacts, costumes, and engaging activities, our expert education staff will bring American history, government, and civics to life.

Book a Program

Make a reservation and learn more about the Traveling History & Civics Program by contacting Group Sales at 215.409.6800 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Programs are available daily all year long. Dates fill quickly, so reserve your program today!

Pricing

Show pricing ranges from $250 to $1,000. Additional fees will be applied for schools outside of Philadelphia.

Programs

You can choose from a variety of hands-on, standards-based themed programs, each tailored to students of different grade levels. Contact Group Sales to learn more about these programs and find the best choice for your group.

Being an Active Citizen

Young students are empowered by this interactive program, which highlights ways they can be active citizens at home, in school, in their community, and throughout their lives. They will learn about children throughout history who stood up for freedom and changed the country.

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Bill of Rights

Who wants to be a “Bill-ionaire?” Students learn about the Bill of Rights and its creation during this fast-paced game show. Each participant buzzes in his or her answer using electronic voting devices; then our dynamic educational “host” reveals the correct responses and the students’ voting results.

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Breaking Barriers

Students embark on an interactive history adventure as they learn about the lives and legacies of African Americans who broke the color barrier in education, government, entertainment, and other fields. Through storytelling and costumes, extraordinary citizens such as Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, and Jackie Robinson come to life and inspire future generations of American citizens.

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Decoding the Document: The Emancipation Proclamation

Students can take a closer look at the Center’s rare printing of the Emancipation Proclamation to learn about its fascinating history, its role in the Civil War, and the background of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.

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Destination White House: Presidential Elections

During this action-packed program, your group will explore the ins and outs of a presidential campaign, from building a platform and naming a candidate to creating unforgettable campaign ads. Finally, students elect a classmate to be the next commander in chief.

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Fourth of July

From parades to protests, cannons to flag waving, patriotic songs to fiery demonstrations, this show takes an in-depth look at this exciting national holiday from the early years of America’s independence to the present day. Students read speeches by Americans who fought for freedom and explore how the holiday has long symbolized the struggle for liberty, equality, and citizenship. The show ends with a bang from our Cannon of Independence.

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Free to Be You

This fast-paced game show explores the First Amendment and the freedoms it protects. As students compete to answer questions, they learn about Americans who stood up for their First Amendment rights and changed our country in the process. Plus, students can get creative by acting out one of the freedoms and taking a stand for an issue they believe in.

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Growing Up, American Style

Students participate in a costume “runway show” featuring traditional dress from historical periods and discover what life was like during those times—including how often kids bathed, how they spent their days, and what freedoms they had.

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History Detectives Workshop: Artifacts from the 1800s and 1900s

Students become history detectives as they use the Center’s fascinating artifacts and documents as primary sources to explore the past and investigate what life was life in America during the 1800s and 1900s. Among the historic objects are a pin from the 1887 Constitutional Centennial celebration in Philadelphia, ice tongs from the mid-19th century, an Imperial Brass iron circa 1911, and a voting booth from the 1940 presidential election.

Living News

Today’s headlines are brought to life in this dynamic live theatrical performance, which introduces controversial constitutional issues—such as immigration, same-sex marriage, and gun rights—and encourages students to explore their own points of view. Following the performance, the Center’s education staff engages students in dialogue about these timely issues.

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Pass the Citizenship Test

Do your students know what it takes to become an American citizen? During this fun-filled activity, students will learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and gain insight into our country and our freedoms.

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Separation of Powers

This engaging, lively show demonstrates how the Constitution separated power among three branches of government—a revolutionary idea! Students take part in a fun tug-of-war game between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches while they learn about checks and balances.

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Signing on with the Signers

Experience one of the National Constitution Center’s most popular attractions without leaving your classroom! Take a virtual walk among the 42 life-sized, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers in the Center’s iconic Signers’ Hall. Our expert education guide will bring the Constitutional Convention’s controversies and compromises to life for your students as they “tour” the exhibit. Then, take an up-close look at the first public printing of the Constitution on display at the Center.

We the Jury

Grades 4 – 8: The Wicked Witch and the Stolen Property Lawsuit
Grades 9 – 12: The Three Little Pigs and the Case of Double Homicide

In this popular program about our judicial system, courts, and the rule of law, students act as judge and jury in mock trials based on well-known fairy tales. Students make opening and closing arguments, question witnesses, and provide a verdict.

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Women of Power

From the Revolutionary War to the present day, women have played a major role in shaping American society. Students take part in a “Guess Who”-style trivia game, read famous speeches aloud, dress up like Dolley Madison and Deborah Sampson, and get to know other women who changed the course of American history.

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Standards

Our engaging, dynamic exhibits and programs are aligned with state and national standards so you can connect your field trip with your classroom curriculum. Check out the Guide to Standards-Aligned Exhibits & Programs to learn more.

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RECOMMENDED GRADE LEVELS

Resource K-3 4-8 9-12
Being an Active Citizen x   x
Bill of Rights   x x
Breaking Barriers   x x
Decoding the Document: The Emancipation Proclamation     x
Destination White House: Presidential Elections   x x
Fourth of July x x x
Free to Be You   x x
Growing Up, American Style x x x
History Detectives Workshop: Artifacts from the 1800s and 1900s x x x
Living News   x x
Pass the Citizenship Test   x x
Separation of Powers   x x
Signing on with the Signers x x x
We the Jury   x x
Women of Power   x x

Sponsors

The Traveling History & Civics Program is sponsored by US Airways. Support for this program is provided in part by GlaxoSmithKline, the Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation, the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation and Pitcairn.