Cahill School & Grange
at Tupa Park
4816 Eden Avenue
By reservation only
Directions and map
History-themed programming at Cahill School and Minnehaha Grange No. 398 are offered by the Edina Historical Society. Both buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and owned by the City of Edina.
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, although double bookings for one school can be arranged. Teachers and school leaders tell us they like Cahill as a field trip destination because they can easily supervise students in a controlled setting, compared with outings to large facilities.
Reserve your field trip now! Email or call 612-888-4577. 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
To enhance their experience, students and teachers are encouraged to dress in pioneer clothing.
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 place mat. Typical lunch fare in 1900 included cheese chunks, dried meat, hard-boiled eggs, sandwiches, fresh fruit and raw vegetables. IMPORTANT: Because so many children have serious nut or fish allergies, please do not pack nuts of any kind, peanut butter, seafood or fish in your child's lunch.
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Reserve now! Phone 612-888-4577 or by email