Traveling Trunks


Bring history right to your classroom!

The Traveling Trunk program brings the museum to the classroom in an interactive and fun way your students will not forget. A museum staff member, dressed in period attire, will interpret the authentic artifacts and items in each trunk for your students.  They will examine the contents together, learn key facts about the related topic and experience history “hands-on”!  Each trunk topic can be related to specific Georgia Performance Standards.

The cost for this program is:
Bartow County – $50.00 (per class – 25 students)
Outside Bartow County
– $60.00 (per class – 25 students) Additional travel fee may apply.

Trunk Descriptions:


Farm Life – Pre-K and up
(50 minutes) Students will handle farm artifacts, compare chores today with those of farm children in a time long ago, hand-wash clothes, participate in fun farm activities, and churn butter!   GPS: SSKH3, SSKE1


Old Fashioned Toys and Games – K and up
(50 minutes) Explore toys and games spanning hundreds of years, make an old fashioned spin top and play old time games, such as Jacob’s Ladder, dominoes, and cup and ball. GPS: SSKH3


Pioneer Pathways – K and up
(50 minutes) Experience the daily life of pioneers at work and play with artifacts and activities, including butter churning and learning in a one-room schoolhouse. GPS: SS1H1, SS4H3


Map it!First Grade and up
(50 minutes) Discover the importance of maps through games and hands-on activities that teach directions, map symbols, and other map skills.  Learn how a compass works and play a new game using cardinal directions! GPS: SS1G2, SS1G3, SS3G1


Colonial Life – First Grade and up
(50 minutes) Experience the daily life in the Southern colonies as you learn about farmers, women, children and servants.  Make an old fashioned toy and perform chores from the past. GPS: SS1H1, SS4H3


Cherokee Life – Second Grade and up
(1 hour) Examine Cherokee artifacts as you learn about their lifestyle. See how similar they lived to their pioneer neighbors. View a blowgun demonstration! GPS: SS2H1, SS2H2, SS2G2, SS4H1



Civil War – Fourth Grade and up
(1 hour) A haversack and knapsack hold the soldier’s most prized possessions and is his “home away from home.”  Students will discover the hardships of doctors and nurses who cared for the sick and wounded soldiers.  GPS: SS5H1




World War II – Fourth Grade and up
(1 hour) From battlefront to home front, students learn about key battles, V-mail, Victory Gardens, and participate in rationing activities. GPS: SS5H5, SS5H6


Teacher Reviews

“This was my first experience with the Traveling Trunk and it was awesome. The instructor was wonderful and very knowledgeable in content area. Great program.” – 5th grade teacher

“What a wonderful experience. Our students were engaged during the entire hour. Thank you for bringing this exciting unit to our classroom!” – 2nd grade teacher

“Great job! Students were involved and interested in topic” – 4th grade teacher