Nothing is better than bringing your students to the places where history happened! A tour of the Harding Home site is something your students will remember for a long time, whether they are third graders or high schoolers.
Our tour guides give great school tours, and they are especially talented at bringing out critical thinking skills. We even have a guide fluent in French and Spanish! Our tours are interactive, and your students will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions. Your students not only will learn about Warren and Florence Harding and their lives in Marion, but they will get a taste of what life was like for middle-class Midwesterners 100 years ago.
The Harding Home is an excellent teaching tool. It is 95 percent original inside, so most of the historical objects really did belong to the Hardings. We have more than 5,000 objects in our collections from which to draw.
Here are some frequently asked questions about our school tours:
How do I schedule a school tour?
Call or email us, but don’t wait until the last minute! We host many schools at the Harding Home, and spring and fall are our busiest times. If your school is located in Marion County, or a contiguous county, we’ll automatically enroll you in our Hometown History program, which reimburses your district $100 per bus required to bring your students to the Harding Home and other local historical sites.
Through the Hometown History program, we will work with you to assemble a full day field trip, involving the Harding Home and other historical sites. It’s one-stop shopping, as well, since the Harding Home takes care of your day’s itinerary.
How long is a school tour at the Harding Home?
The length of a school tour depends on your field trip itinerary, but we generally allow for at least an hour.
How much is admission for my students?
Admission is $3 per student and adult chaperone. Teachers, bus drivers and aides are free. You’ll pay when you arrive on site, with check, cash or credit card. Purchase orders require a week’s prior notice with the Harding Home.
Reach us by phone, 1.800.600.6894 or 740.387.9630, or by emailing Site Manager Sherry Hall through our Contact Page.