Educational Programs

There’s probably nothing more important to our future than the education of our children. Friends of Banning Museum is so dedicated to providing educational experiences to schoolchildren in the local area, that it’s part of our mission statement.

The Museum Educator sums it up: “Every time I watch the students who participate in our programs, I see their eyes light up. It’s amazing to children growing up in the technology age to find out that kids in the mid- to late 19th century actually wrote school lessons on slate boards, or that clothes were washed on a wash board and families made their own soap and butter.

“We often receive letters from students and teachers telling us how memorable their field trips to the Museum were. If we can make a difference in these children’s lives, if we can share with them the history of their local community and the legacy of Phineas Banning, who never believed in personal limitations, we’re doing something very special.”

Friends of Banning Museum is proud to support these acclaimed programs. This is especially important now, as education budgets are being cut and school field trips are so limited. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and members, our programs will continue to evolve and remain exciting and relevant to the students who participate.

Another aspect of our focus on education is our annual scholarship contest. Each year, we hold an essay competition for seniors at Banning High School in Wilmington. The winners receive college scholarships thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.