Last updated: February 26, 2015
Johnstown Flood Museum: Oklahoma House
- Grade Level:
- Kindergarten-Sixth Grade
- Architecture, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Community, Health, History
- 15 minutes
- Group Size:
- Up to 12
- National/State Standards:
- Pennsylvania Standard 7.4.6
OverviewThe students will then be given a tour of an original "Oklahoma" house.
For students to see the type of living conditions Johnstown Flood survivors had to live in.
A partnership was formed with the Johnstown Flood National Memorial and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. Out of this partnership an interdisciplinary curriculum based program about the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889 was created. This provides a complete educational experience telling the story of the Johnstown Flood. This program takes the student from the story's beginnings-the South Fork Dam and Clubhouse of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club to the story's end-disaster, relief, and rebuilding of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
The students will be given a tour of an original "Oklahoma" house, one of the first types of temporary houses erected to shelter the people left homeless by the flood. Originall manufactured for homesteaders in the Oklahoma Territory, these buidligns were a very early example of prefabricated housing.