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Museum Collaboration Offers A New Take on ‘Olden Days’
Erie 1 BOCES is collaborating with an Amherst museum to offer an enriching four-day program in which students participate in an authentic learning experience that immerses them in local history, as well as social studies and historical thinking skills.

Students will visit Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (BNHV) to engage in activities aligned with the latest social studies and Common Core literacy standards. The experience culminates in students creating a presentation of their learning, which they deliver while leading tours of the complex for their parents and special guests.

That’s where the collaboration with Erie 1 BOCES comes in. Jim Dailey, Erie 1 BOCES coordinator of technology services, said that the assistance takes different forms, depending on student needs.

“We work with the teacher and students to continue researching areas of interest as well as determining the best resources to utilize to help them tell their story,” he said. “Maybe it's assisting them in creating a pamphlet, maybe it's making a video, or maybe it's getting them rolling creating something more involved like augmented or virtual environments. It's not cookie cutter. We see where the students want to take it and many times it's different directions based on individual or group interests.”

The first day, students get an in-depth tour of the museum. On the second and third days, they return to research areas of interest by studying authentic artifacts and outside sources as they begin to create their presentations.

BNHV, established in 1972 as the Amherst Museum, is a 35-acre open-air complex of several buildings, including six houses, two schoolhouses, a barbershop, a church, and a reproduction blacksmith shop, all designed to give visitors an interactive look at 19th- century life.

To book a session for this spring, contact Jim Dailey at (716) 408-7559 or



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