The Niles History Center offers educational programs for all ages, including field trips, group tours, family programs, walking tours of the city’s downtown historic district, plus more! 

Field trip

Some of the fun educational opportunities available at the Niles History Center include: 
Scavenger Hunts:
Children who visit Fort St. Joseph Museum  can receive a scavenger hunt that allows them to explore the history of Niles through the museum's various exhibits. Various levels allow children of all ages to have fun learning.   

Field Trips:  The Niles History Center is teaming up with the Niles District Library to offer a new unique field trip experience! Students will tour the Historic Chapin Mansion for a tour and introduction to one of the topics listed below. At the Fort St. Joseph Museum, artifacts and historical documents complement these lessons.

A follow-up activity at the Niles District Library reinforces the lessons with a story and take-home activity or craft.

chapin fied trip

Program Topics: 
- Preschool / Kindergarten Niles Pioneer Program 
- Fort St. Joseph/ Fur Trade 
- Michigan History
- Custom program designed upon request 

You may add on a visit to: the Fort St. Joseph site or the Niles Depot.
Field trips are for grades K-8 and homeschool groups of 10 or more. Please ask about Scout programs.

Group Tours:  The Niles History Center offers group tours of the Fort St. Joseph Museum and Historic Chapin Mansion for groups of ten or more upon request. 

For more information, or to schedule a field trip or group tour, please contact:

Mollie Kruck Watson, Assistant Director
269-845-4054 ext. 4013

Virtual Tours and Field Trips

Chapin Mansion Virtual Tour
Silverbrook Cemetery Virtual Tour