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Hosting Mission Preservation

After you register you will be contacted by a museum staff member to schedule the date and times for your visits. The program is free.

With the growing popularity of our program we have expanded the age range and added more advanced content for the older students. Please feel free to register grades 3-8.


Grades 3-5 Pre-Visit Material

Two weeks before your scheduled program...
  • You will receive a pre-visit packet including a DVD of the 4 minute introductory movie seen here, a copy of Ruth and the Green Book*, and a worksheet to assist with discussion questions.
  • Please watch the 4 minute video and then read the story prior to the museum teacher visit.

*If you have hosted the program in the past you will not receive a new copy of Ruth and the Green Book. All other pre-visit materials are available here on our website.

Please complete the pre-visit material before the museum teacher presents to your class. This lesson was designed to give your students an introduction to segregation in mid-20th century America.

Watch the 4-minute introductory movie and read Ruth and the Green Book as a class. Have a discussion with your class about what they saw in the movie and read in the story. Use our worksheet as your guide.

Grade 3-5 Pre-Visit Activity Worksheet

4 Minute Video Introduction


Grades 6-8 Pre-Visit Material

Please complete the pre-visit material before the museum teacher presents to your class. This lesson was designed to give your students an introduction to segregation in mid-20th century America.

Have your students read the Arlington Magazine article Crossing The Divide by Les Shaver.

Download our pre-visit activity for your students to further explore segregation in everyday mid-20th century American life.

Grade 6-8 Pre-Visit Activity


Day of the Program

  • The museum teacher will arrive in your classroom 15 minutes prior to the start to set up and will need a blank wall, white board, or screen for projection.
  • The teacher will bring all equipment required. However, if you have a projector or SMART board set up in your classroom it may be used for convenience.
  • Please stay in your classroom for the duration of the program for classroom management assistance.
  • The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • Students will only need pencils and will work at their desks in small groups.
  • Each student will receive a booklet of information about protecting his or her family's material culture and how these objects can be preserved.
  • Inclement Weather Procedure

    It is NMAAHC's policy to cancel all classroom visits if the school has an unplanned delayed opening or is canceled for any reason, including inclement weather. Our staff will be on the lookout for such cancellations and will send an email to the lead teacher, who will be responsible for passing the information on to other teachers and the school. If a teacher becomes aware of the change in the school's schedule first, please contact NMAAHC staff. We will reschedule the program at the earliest convenience.


After the Program

  • Your class will keep the book, Ruth and the Green Book.
  • Each student will keep his or her own a booklet and a set of white cotton gloves. We encourage students to bring these home to share with their parents.




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