Educational Programs

Travel Cost Assistance Program

The Galen Cole Family Foundation and the Cole Land Transportation Museum makes available a Transportation Cost Assistance program for all student field trips where it is warranted by the circumstances of the individual classroom or school. This program has been designed to help schools with a high percentage of students that qualify for free and […]

Junior Curator

The Junior Curator Program is an exciting new option available for students’ grade 1 through 5. This program allows students to work in small groups and use the clues provided to determine the use of the artifact at their table. After 10 minutes the groups rotate and analyze another artifact. At the end of the […]

Self-Guided Tour

The Cole Land Transportation Museum is committed to support classroom activity and Learning Results for Maine children. Our museum artifacts, pictures, staff, volunteers, print-audio-visual library, are here to inspire and make a difference in the life of a child. Utilizing the museum as a resource versus a field trip can make a major difference in […]

Guided Tour

How many times have you heard a student say, “History is boring”? Memorizing dates and events can be boring. Experts tell us some effective methods of teaching include compare and contrast, visualization, and making connections with concepts the students already understand. How can you teach history this way? How can we make it exciting? How […]

Veteran/Student Interview Program

The Veteran Interview Program at the Cole Land Transportation Museum is an incredible opportunity for young adults to interface with prime sources of history. These Ambassadors of Patriotism define the term, “living history”. This powerful program has attracted many veterans willing to give their life experiences to the youth of Maine. The low student to […]

Patriotic Video

We have available a 7-1/2 minute video on patriotism and freedom that has now been shown to more than 20,000 students. This video is narrated by Galen Cole, Founder of the Cole Land Transportation Museum and helps teach students the true meaning of freedom.


WWII, Vietnam, and Purple Heart Memorials The State of Maine World War II Veterans Memorial is located on the lawn of the Cole Land Transportation Museum and was dedicated on October 11, 1997 by Governor Angus King. Each year since then, a Commemoration of that dedication is held at the memorial. Tens of thousands visit […]

Freedom Bell

Since the beginning of America (and before), bells have been used to call citizens to worship, start the school day, fight fires, warn of approaching vehicles, mourn, celebrate, etc. At the end of WWII in 1945, bells in every town, city and hamlet across America rang in grateful celebration. The Freedom Bell located in the […]

Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt at the museum is a wonderful activity for grades K to 8. We encourage teachers to visit the museum ahead of their class to create a hunt that will support classroom studies, however we will provide an age appropriate scavenger hunt sample in advance. The most effective way to utilize the museum […]