Carry-Along Collin is Back!

Carry-Along Collin

The popular and award-winning children’s summer program is back for its sixth year! 

Sponsored by the Collin County Historical Commission, this program invites students to discover local history by visiting local museums, attending local camps specifically created for Carry-Along-Collin and go geo-caching to find county historical markers!

How To Start
Visit any Collin County public library or museum for a Carry-Along Collin brochure. In it will have information about all the local museums to visit this summer. It will also have basic information about the ten museum camps being presented this summer for which you can sign your kids up.  Lastly, it has GPS clues to find a number of historical markers located all over the county.

Student Education Program 2012
The theme for the 2012 Carry Along Collin program is Life on the Blackland Prairie.”

The award winning Carry-Along Collin program helps students to discover local history with museum visits and summer camps throughout Collin County.

For more information
E-mail – or
Collin County Historical Commission information, including Carry-Along Collin Collin County Historical Commission

Participants that visit the participating museums in the county will receive seed packets for crops grown in the county.

Go geocaching and use Munzee with your Smart Phones to visit historical markers for historic sites throughout the county. Post your photos at

List of Camps
The individual museum camp programs are described below. There are many opportunities to learn first-hand about the rich heritage of Collin County. Each museum offers a unique experience.

Parents should register directly with each museum for participation. Since each museum offers its own program, there are many choices for families of dates, costs, locations etc.  Students may want to participate in one camp experience or many. Last year one student attended ALL eight available! Camp space may be limited.
Sherley Bros. Store, Old Time General Store
101 N. Sherley Street, Anna, Texas 75409, 972-924-3927
Tuesday, June 12, 2012, Time: 10:00-1:00       
Ages 5 -11, 25 campers
Cost: $5.00 per family
Experience this general store that opened more than 115 years ago. The inventory is intact, almost the same as it was when it first opened. See early Texas hand tools, leather goods, farm machinery, and equipment for milking cows.  Learn how a forge was used. The store served as a community gathering place in this rural setting.Bring a lunch to enjoy while you visit this in this back-in time location.

Bain-Honaker House, Farmersville 1900
108 College Street, Farmersville, Texas 75442, 214-223-1222
June 19, 2012, Time: 9:00 – 12:00
Ages: 8-12, Campers: 20
Cost:  $10.00
Spend a morning in a home built in 1865. Participate in games and activities for children from the early 1900’s.Make corn husk dolls and rubber band guns. Learn about early residents, the Caddo Indians.Parents can shop around the square in downtown Farmersville while children are at camp. Be sure and visit the historic Onion Shed while in town.

Chestnut Square Historic Village, Experience Collin County in the 19th Century
315 S. Chestnut St. McKinney 75069, 972-562-8790,
Friday, June 22, 2012, 10:00 – 12:00
Ages 6-12, 50 campers
Cost: $10.00
Join the Chestnut Square leaders in a 19th century experience. Learn about the life of Collin McKinney in our one-room schoolhouse, watch a blacksmith at work and learn about some items that children created to play with back when! Be reminded of life on the Blackland prairie when you pet our baby goats.

Frisco Heritage Museum, “Gone to Texas”
6455 Page St. Frisco 75035, 972-292-5665,
Saturday, June 23, 2012, 9:30 to 11:30
Ages: 5-11, 36 campers
Cost $10.00
Spend a morning on the Blackland Prairie where the early pioneers lived by their wits and hand-made what they needed. We’ll pack our trunk and start on a journey to our new home in Texas. We have to do our chores around the cabin: washing clothes on a scrub board, gathering eggs, and milking the cow. After the chores are done, it’s off to the schoolhouse for some writing on a slate and some old-fashioned fun and games. After school we’ll load up the wagon and take a ride and see a tractor up close. Enjoy work and play pioneer style. You’ll leave with a kit to make your own log cabin at home.

Allen Heritage Center /Depot, "Corn-a-copia"
100 E. Main Street, Allen 75002, 972-727-8985,
Tuesday, June 26, 2012, Time: 10:00-1:00
Ages: 8-10
Corn was one of the major farm products of Collin County. Meet with us at the Allen Heritage Center/Depo to learn all about corn. How to plant corn, how to harvest corn, and hauling corn will be discussed. Campers will shuck corn, make cornbread and butter, learn about different kinds of corn and make corn husk people.

The Heard-Craig House, Katie’s Art Camp
205 West Hunt Street, McKinney 75069, 972/569-6909,
Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 10:00 to 12:00
Ages: 8-12, 20 campers
Cost: $20.00 including apron
Heard-Craig Carriage House
Join us in the  in the Heard-Craig Carriage House for an art class much like young Katie Heard attended in 1894.  Young artists will create a pastel or watercolor to take home following the camp.  A Katie’s Art Camp painting apron will be given to each participant as an additional memento from the camp.  The camp concludes with a tour of the historic Heard-Craig House where the young camp artists will see Katie Heard’s art on display.

Collin County Farm Museum, Tractor Training Camp
Myers Park and Event Center, 972-548-4792 or for registration (Jennifer Rogers), Collin County Farm Museum
Saturday, June 30, 2012, Time: 9:00 to 12:00
Cost:  $10.00 a day
Camp Ages: 8 years and up
Learn about historic tractors and how to start and drive them! Activities include tractor safety awareness, scavenger hunt, and making your own miniature tractor for our own tractor races. *We encourage adult participation with this program. It is a great activity for parents and grandparents with their children and grandchildren. Children are paired with an adult for insturctions on starting and driving tractors. All safety rules are clearly explained and followed to ensure the welfare of participants.

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, Blackland Prairie Wildlife
1 Nature Place, McKinney 75069, 972-562-5566 X237,
Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
Ages: 3-12, 25 campers
Cost: $6/kids: $9/adults
Enjoy a 45minute animal talk, focusing on wildlife from prairie country. Then check out the indoor Animal Superheroes exhibit, outdoor Butterfly House and Animals of the World exhibits. Visit for all the details.

Heritage Farmstead Museum, Let's Get "Moo"ving
1900 W. 15th St. Plano, Texas,  75075, 972-881-0140,
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 10:00 to 12:00
Ages: 6- 12, 40 campers
Cost: $5.00
Take a tour of the Heritage Farmstead Museum and imagine what life was like on the Blackland Prairie at the turn of the Century. The focus of the day will be the importance of Dairy to the Farmer. Campers will be introduced to Buttermilk, a life-sized mechanical, mooing, milking Cow. Campers will churn butter and finish their adventure with a wagon ride.

2012 Geocaching Sites

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