In Chile, traditional teaching of political history is mainly supported by textbooks, in which the human and family side of protagonists and leaders is relegated to a secondary role.
Thus, a House Museum set with the original belongings of such an important former Head of State as Eduardo Frei Montalva, will serve as a promotional didactic resource and make use of this patrimony as an inspirational source for education. Likewise, our Museum will expand, complement and/or supplement the approaches of historiography.
Our House Museum imparts a program with educational activities, and enlightens the republican tradition of our country as our visitors get to know a family with a high sense of public service, thus connecting the contents of the museum with the academic interests of teachers and students.
The design of this program places it as a reliable support for the teaching-learning process on subjects referred to the history of our country; an historical period that held remarkable events surrounding the social and economical development of the republican and democratic history of Chile.
These subject matter lines are a result of the study and alignment of the Transversal Fundamental Objectives (OFT), Vertical Fundamental Objectives (OFV) and Minimum Mandatory Contents (CMO) from fifth grade to fourth year of High School.
For the first and second transition level (NT1, NT2) the visit will consist in “The relationship with the cultural and natural environment”, teaching about “Human groups, styles of life and relevant events”.
Regarding the other levels NB1 (1° and 2° grade) and NB2 (3° and 4° grade) the subjects in matter chosen for this particular pedagogical area, will be dealing with “Comprehension of the Natural, Social and Cultural environment”.
The core of the education program from 5° grade to fourth year of High School has been prepared according to the mandatory curricular contents, “History, Geography and Social Sciences”. This educational program is based on ten main subjects, covered through guided tours and gone over differently depending on the nature of our visitors. The main subjects are: diversity, civil rights and the democratic system, daily life during the 1960s; cultural heritage and national identity; Latin America and the world; the Christian Democracy and “Social Christianism”; political history of Chile; economic diversity; social justice and revolution in liberty, political governing and the administrative division of territory.
The education program from 5° grade to first year of High School is updated according to the curricular calendar, presented by the MINEDUC, plan which has been functioning since March of 2010. The House Museum has implemented evaluation indicators following the national assessment educational progress calendar. In this way, we are fostering critical thinking based on every student’s personal experience, about the troubled social reality and the active and critical participation focused on the blend of interpretations between the past and present time.
For those in second to fourth year in High School, the education programs have maintained the same educational curricular programs.
In order to comply with this program, our Museum is provided with a qualified guiding team specialized in History, and is supported by information technologies. Thus, visitors and students are able to tour and experience this house in an inviting and didactic way.
The museum collection includes: furniture, art works, photographs, original decoration objects, personal belongings of former President Eduardo Frei Montalva and his family, books from his personal library, diplomas, documents and titles.
This out of classroom experience will, without a doubt, enrich the learning of recent Chilean history. Furthermore, this patrimonial property enables visitors to learn through different strategies: through the senses (based on perception); logically (by means of concepts), and intuitively, through values.