Historical Tours

Sponsored by Consumers Energy

The Chemist and the Architect

Students peek into the lives of two of Midland’s best-known entrepreneurs: Herbert H. Dow and his son Alden B. Dow. Explore Herbert Dow’s brine well, learn about the challenges of founding a company in a new place, and perform simple science experiments at Heritage Park. At the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio students become an architect for the day while exploring this amazing architectural wonder.

Grades: 3rd – 4th

To book: Contact Beth at 989-839-2744

A Chemist in the Making

Multi-media exhibits, audio and video displays and engaging hands-on activities provide a fascinating exploration of the early days of Midland’s largest business. Experiment with electrical currents, simple chemistry experiments and help to identify human, natural and capital resources that aided the founding of The Dow Chemical Company. (Half-day experience, Chemist portion of Chemist & Architect Tour)

Grades: 4th & up

To book: Contact the Education Department

Root Cellar & Ice Box

Students get a glimpse at the wants and needs of children in 1880. Full of hands-on activities, students visit the Bradley Home and the Homestead Farm at the Chippewa Nature Center. Through the experience of these two locations, students can compare and contrast city and country life.

Grade: 2nd

To book: Contact Chippewa Nature Center at 989-631-0830

Bradley Home

The 1874 Bradley Home is a hands-on historic house museum offering a glimpse of the everyday life of an early Midland family. Learn about family dynamics, luxuries and challenges, traditions and how they compare to YOUR daily life. Includes a tour of the adjacent Carriage House and its amazing collection of horse-drawn carriages and sleighs. (Half-day experience, this is the city-life portion of the Root Cellar & Ice Box Tour)

Grades: 2nd & up

To book: Contact our Education Department

Bradley Home Holiday

Share Victorian holiday traditions with your students during special tours available only during December. (Schedule early; tour times are limited.)

Grades: All grades

To book: Contact our Education Department

Sponsored by: Chemical Bank