K-12 Programs

Preserve Louisiana offers a variety of educational tours and activities that are appropriate for grades K-12. 

Preserve Louisiana provides creative learning programs for students and educators that are designed to inspire and foster critical thinking. The programs incorporate a variety of themes and subjects, including mathematics, art and architecture, literacy, language arts, history, social studies, civics and government.

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GUIDED TOURS

Louisiana’s White House: Tour the Old Governor’s Mansion

GRADES 3-12
Limit: 50 students

Time: 1 hour

Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Fee: $4 per student. We require one adult per 10 students. The required adult chaperones receive complimentary admission. All additional adults are $8 each.

The Old Governor’s Mansion is a historic house museum built in 1930 under the governorship of Huey P. Long. As students move through the Old Governor’s Mansion, they will learn about some of the people, events, and controversies that helped shape Louisiana in the early twentieth century.


The History of the Governor’s Mansions: Tour the Old Governor’s Mansion and New Governor’s Mansion

GRADES 4-12

Limit: 30 students

Time: 1 ½ - 2 hours

This tour is organized in part by the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion Foundation. Availability and dates are limited and subject to change. Call to make reservations. 

Fee: $6 per student. We require one adult per 10 students. The required adult chaperones receive complimentary admission. All additional adults are $8 each.

The Old Governor’s Mansion was the official residence to nine governors between 1930 and 1962, when a new residence was built closer to the State Capitol. Students have the unique experience of visiting and comparing both gubernatorial residences, as well as learning about Louisiana’s historic gubernatorial homes in Opelousas and Baton Rouge.  


The Legacy of Huey P. Long: Tour the Old Governor’s Mansion, Old State Capitol, and New State Capitol
GRADES 3-12

Limit: 30 students

Time: 2-2 ½ hours

This tour is organized in part by Louisiana’s Old State Capitol. Availability and dates are limited and subject to change. Call to make reservations. 

Fee: $6 per student. We require one adult per 10 students. The required adult chaperones receive complimentary admission. All additional adults are $8 each.

Students will examine primary and secondary sources as they tour the Old Governor’s Mansion, Old State Capitol, and State Capitol, and learn about Gov. Huey P. Long and his contributions to Louisiana.


 Add-On Feature: Special Exhibition Tours at the Old Governor’s Mansion
GRADES 3-12

Limit: 30 students

Time: 1 hour

Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Fee: no additional fee

Add to your experience at the Old Governor’s Mansion by exploring the rotating special exhibition. Students will examine imagery and artifacts featuring Louisiana’s history, culture, or architecture.


OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Why Preservation Matters: Exploring Louisiana’s History & Culture
GRADES K-12

Time: 1 ½ hours

Available: Monday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Fee: $60 per program. We require one adult per 10 students.

This program is taught in the school classroom. Students will be introduced to the historic architecture and preservation of Louisiana. This program provides a look at the founding of Baton Rouge and the development of Louisiana’s unique and distinct architectural styles. This program includes a grade-appropriate lesson plan and two hands-on activities that include constructing and architectural façade and mastering perspective drawing.


Baton Rouge & The Civil War

GRADES 6-12

Limit: 30 students

Time: 1 hour

Available: Monday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Fee: $60 per program. We require one adult per 10 students.

Students will have the rare opportunity to learn about the Civil War as they tour a strategic Civil War battlefield. Offerings include a tour of Historic Magnolia Cemetery, Pentagon Barracks, or Arsenal Park. This program includes a creative writing project that allows students to write letters from the perspective of a Civil War soldier, nurse, or Baton Rouge resident.

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INTERACTIVE TOURS

What is a Home? 

GRADES K-2

Limit: 30 students

Time: 1 hour

Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Fee: $6 per student. We require one adult per 10 students. The required adult chaperones receive complimentary admission. All additional adults are $8 each.

Students will explore the Old Governor’s Mansion, the former home of nine governors. This interactive tour introduces students to the terms and elements that define an interior and exterior of a home. This program includes a hands-on activity that builds upon students’ understandings of architectural terms and vocabulary. 


The Story of Jimmie Davis’ Horse
GRADES K-2

Limit: 30 students

Time: 1 hour

Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Fee: $6 per student. We require one adult per 10 students. The required adult chaperones receive complimentary admission. All additional adults are $8 each.

Students will explore the Old Governor’s Mansion and discover symbols throughout the Mansion, including Louisiana state symbols and the U.S. national seal. Students will learn about the governors who lived in the Old Governor’s Mansion and examine artifacts from the museum’s collection. This program includes two hands-on learning activities that build upon their understanding of state symbols.  


 Ten Flags Over Louisiana: Understanding Louisiana Civics 

GRADES 3-12

Limit: 30 students

Time: 1 hour

Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Fee: $6 per student. We require one adult per 10 students. The required adult chaperones receive complimentary admission. All additional adults are $8 each.

Students will be introduced to the basic purposes of government and how various governments accomplish those purposes, as they learn about the different governments that claimed Louisiana since the 16th century. Students will tour sections of the Old Governor’s Mansion and learn about the various political platforms of the nine governors who lived there. This program provides an introduction to state and local civics and includes a hands-on learning activity that builds upon students’ understandings of government.


Mathematical Design & Traditional Architecture 

GRADES 3-12

Limit: 30 students

Time: 1 hour

Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Fee: $6 per student. We require one adult per 10 students. The required adult chaperones receive complimentary admission. All additional adults are $8 each.

Students will be introduced to the Fibonacci sequence and Golden Ratio as they explore the neoclassical architecture of the Old Governor’s Mansion. This program includes a hands-on learning activity, where students will use mathematical ratios to create an architectural blueprint.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School tours and educational activities are based on State and Common Core Performance Standards. A strong focus is placed on critical thinking, engaged learning and hands-on learning activities.

Teachers should select the program that is most appropriate for their students.

To schedule a tour or activity, please contact the Director of Education at 225.387.2464 ext. 4; Natalie@preserve-louisiana.org.

To download the brochure and registration form, please click the button below.

 

Preserve Louisiana Educational Programs are sponsored in part by the Charles Lamar Family Foundation.