What We Teach
Life in Austin and Texas from 1840 to 1930 forms the core of the educational program for K-12 students. The Neill-Cochran House witnessed the successes and failures of our community from 1855 onward. Drawing on the story of its builder, its original owner, and occupants from the State School for the Blind and the Federal War Hospital, renters, and on the Neills and Cochrans, we put the history of Austin and of Texas at young visitors’ fingertips through guided tours, hands-on explorations, and map reading activities.
Field Trips and Educator Resources
Build map skills by looking at different kinds of maps made of Austin between 1839 and 1985.
Describe ways in which Austin has grown and changed over its history.
Locate and describe basic architectural features such as columns, symmetry, and millwork.
What can we learn about what life was like in the Neill-Cochran House by looking at how it was built? What can we learn about what life was like in Austin?