School Tours

Hackett House School Tours 2016-2017

“Around the World in Your Own Backyard”

Tempe Sister Cities Corporation is offering to Elementary School sixth graders in the Tempe area the educational opportunity to attend an award-winning educational tour at the historic Hackett House, Tempe’s first bakery and home of the Sister Cities Friendship Rooms.  A program will be presented to the students to share what is not only in our “own backyard,” but what Tempe shares with other cities around the world.  Students will learn about early Tempe history and the diverse cultures of our nine Sister Cities.

The Hackett House, a registered historic site, is owned by the City of Tempe and is operated by the Tempe Sister Cities organization of volunteers as a visitor’s center, gift shop, and a place to showcase and display the gifts and artifacts from Tempe’s ten Sister Cities around the world.  It also is the center for many cultural and educational programs developed over the years to enrich the lives of adults and children living in Tempe.

The tour consists of a brief history of the Hackett House building, historical tidbits of Tempe, and an introduction to the Tempe Sister Cities of Skopje, Macedonia; Regensburg, Germany; Lower Hutt, New Zealand; Beaulieu Sur Mer, France; Carlow, Ireland; Zhenjiang, China; Timbuktu, Mali; Cuenca, Ecuador; and Cusco, Peru, and Trollhattan, Sweden.  All of our tour guides are volunteers.

The program has been structured to include Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings to help students make important connections, as well as links to the 6th Grade Arizona Social Studies and Common Core Standards.  Each country is looked at from the perspective of:

¨      Location/Geography

¨      Influence of water on development and trade

¨      History

¨      Cultural Connections

¨      Economics/Trade

¨      Timeline

The following Social Studies performance objectives have been identified for each category:

¨      Primary/Secondary Sources – S2C1PO5

¨      Timelines – S2C1PO3

¨      Location/Geography – S4C1PO4, S4C4PO2-PO4, S4C6PO1

¨      Water and Trade – S2C2PO3, S2C3PO6, S4C4PO4, S4C5PO3

¨      History – S2C1PO8, S21C2PO6, S2C3PO2, S2C4PO1

¨      Cultural Connections – S2C1PO7-PO8, S2C2PO2, S2C3PO7, S4C2PO3, PO5, S4C4PO2, S4C5PO2, PO3, S4C6PO1, S2C9PO1, PO2, S2C6PO6,

¨      Economics/Trade – S2C3PO6-PO7, S4C4PO4, S5C1PO1-PO5, S4C5PO1

Enduring Understandings will be addressed during the tour:

  • Culture shapes how we see ourselves, others, and the world.
  • The desire to expand trade led to the creation of trade routes throughout the world.
  • The present is influenced by the past.
  • Some aspects of cultures change while others maintain continuity.

Essential Questions will be addressed during the tour:

  • Why is it important to understand different cultures?
  • How are we transformed by the study of cultures?
  • What are similarities and differences of the cities and countries?
  • How are we connected to people in other countries?
  • How did water ways impact settlement?

Tour Logistics:

  • Tour times are from 9:30 to 11:00 am and will accommodate 60 students (other time frames can be considered).
  • Students will be placed in 4 groups of 15 students per group. (We can accommodate up to 90 students as well as other time frames with enough notice.)
  • See online teachers packet for more information.
  • Refreshments will be provided. Students may bring a sack lunch to eat on the patio, but must be picked up by transportation by 11:20 am.  Classes that do not bring a sack lunch must be picked up by 11:00 am.
  • All of our tour guides are volunteers.

Register for a Tour:

This tour is paid for by a special fund that accommodates bus transportation to/from the Hackett House only (additional stops will not be covered).

If you are in the Tempe Elementary School District, you can register for a tour by contacting

Anne McKeeman: 480-730-7306,

If you are a private or charter school in Tempe, or you are from a school with boundaries in Tempe (like Kyrene Middle School) you can contact the Hackett House School Tours Coordinator
Lynn Etter: 480-220-4719,



Please check back September 1st for a listing of available dates

A wealth of information awaits you in the TEACHER PACKET  at  The packet will help prepare your students for the trip to the Hackett House as well as enrich their learning upon their return.





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