Cahill School

Tupa Park
4816 Eden Avenue
Edina, MN 55424

One-room school re-creates 1900 day for students

School field trips are
offered September through May to Edina’s historic Cahill School and
adjacent Grange Hall. Students travel back in time and, with the help of
a costumed schoolmarm, experience a typical 1900 day in a one-room
schoolhouse. Children experience history by living it – answering the
call of the schoolmarm’s hand-rung bell, entering through either boys’
or girls’ doors and hanging up outerwear in the cloak room, sitting in
old wooden desks, using slate boards, looking through school books of
the period and playing old-fashioned games.

Students second
grade and up are able to comprehend and relish the role playing done by
the schoolmarms during the historical day. Typically, first-grade
students toward the end of the school year have adequate focus to fully
enjoy their historical experience. Some exceptional kindergarten classes
have successfully participated in a shortened day toward the end of the
school year. Home school groups routinely bring children through the
high school years and rate the experiential historical day as both
academically challenging and extremely enjoyable. About four hours of
focused learning and fun in a new setting is all that attention spans
can usually manage and that travel time from another school will allow.
The scheduler works with the visiting teacher to plan a time frame that
adapts to the needs of the guest class. The most popular visiting times
are 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A trip to
Cahill School also includes a visit to the adjacent Grange Hall, where
students eat lunch. Built in 1879, and restored to the year 1935, the
Grange Hall is a building where the Grange, a farming society, met. Also
serving as a town hall, it hosted many community gatherings.

Only
one school group is booked at a time. Teachers and school leaders tell
us they like Cahill as a field trip destination because they can easily
supervise students, compared with large facilities.

Reservations
Reserve your field trip by calling schoolmarm Carol Kuhlman at
952-448-4022. We serve public and private schools, church schools,
charter schools and home-school organizations. Preference is given to
returning schools, then on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fees and Registration
• $180 for a class of up to 30 students for field trips from November
through May. An additional $5 will be charged for each additional
student.
• Note: A special early booking rate of $170 for field trips in September and October.
• Double bookings: Some schools save on transportation costs by booking
two classes on one day. Two schoolmarms teach for a double tuition of
$360 ($340 in September and October). The two classes switch between our
two historic buildings — Cahill School and the Grange Hall — and so get
to experience both settings.
• Send checks payable to the Edina
Historical Society at least one week prior to your scheduled visit. Mail
to Edina Historical Society, Cahill School, P.O. Box 390126, Edina, MN
55349-0216.

Clothing
To enhance their experience, students and teachers are encouraged to dress in pioneer clothing.
Boys:
shirts with collars and cuffs, patched pants, bib overalls, lightweight
caps, thick socks, boots, bandana neckerchiefs, and/or knickers (socks
rolled over trouser legs).
Girls:
dresses, petticoats, bloomers, long white or black stockings, large
hair ribbons, scarves wrapped like shawls over the shoulders, aprons,
high laced boots, and bonnets.

Each student should wear a NAME TAG WITH LARGE PRINT that can be easily read by the schoolmarm from the front of the classroom.

Lunches
Also
for fun, students are encouraged to bring a 1900-style lunch in a pail,
pie tin or basket. Containers are covered with a cloth knotted at four
corners. The cloth serves as a placemat. Typical lunch fare in 1900
included cheese chunks, dried meat, hard-boiled eggs, sandwiches, fresh
fruit and raw vegetables


Information subject to change. Please check with Cahill School for the most current information. Last updated on Fri, Aug 19, 2011.