Local Museums Teaches Students About NWA History


Local elementary schools get to take students on an exciting historical adventure every Wednesday, according to the Peel Compton Foundation.

Students may visit three museums in Bentonville, 400 S. Walton Blvd.,  as part of a local History Day.  

The Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens in Bentonville is a landmark that’s been around for nearly 150 years.

The museum was built in 1875, along with the gardens that were created, by Colonel Samuel West Peel, according to their website.

Peel had a career in Arkansas that ranged from Confederate soldier to businessman to Indian agent, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. 

Peel Compton Foundation’s Jeannie McIntire tells KNWA Today about what local elementary students can learn from visiting the museum.

To find out how to get your class involved with history day, click here

Some of the questions asked to McIntire include: 

  • What will local elementary students experience when they take a trip to the museum? 
  • Why is this history important to Northwest Arkansas?
  • What can people expect to see when they tour the mansion? 
  • What lessons can kids learn from looking to the past? 

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