Use our classroom resources to help bring relevance to history for your students. Choose from a range of traveling trunks on different topics to engage students and spark their interest.
Dig into history with a traveling trunk from the African American Museum of Iowa. You’ll receive a large tote full of artifacts, reading materials, activities and more. Each trunk includes a curriculum guide with lesson plan ideas for classroom and home school teachers.
How do Traveling Trunks Work?
Traveling trunks enhance your classroom or library with a professionally curated, themed collection of learning materials.
Begin by reviewing our list of trunks, then submit a reservation request at least one week in advance. Our educator will contact you to confirm availability and arrange a time for you to pickup the trunk at the museum. You may keep the trunk for one week.
All trunks are free.
Traveling Trunks We Offer
Review our selection of traveling trunks:
Archaeology and Buxton, Iowa
Become an archeologist as you review clues about a town that no longer exists: the once-thriving Buxton, Iowa. This coal-mining town had a large African American population that included many African American professionals and business owners. This trunk includes:
- Photographs of the town
- Archaeology tools
- Antique miner’s lamp
- Archaeology activity book
- Buxton DVD
- Archaeology fiction and nonfiction books
- Coal-mining fiction and nonfiction books
George Washington Carver
Get to know George Washington Carver, a notable botanist, and inventor whose innovations continue to impact our daily lives. Carver was born during the Civil War period in a small Missouri town and attended college in Iowa. This trunk contains:
- Trail Blazer Lesson Section
- Pocketful of Goobers Section
- Research Activity Section
- Graphic Novel Section
- Enrichment activities Section
- Resource Sections with list
The Great Migration spurred the growth of the Harlem Renaissance. Get a glimpse
of Harlem from the 1920s to the mid-1930s with this trunk. Even in the midst of
racism and economic struggles, African Americans were hopeful. Creativity was
awakened and black writers, artists, musicians, photographers, poets, and scholars
were drawn to the neighborhood. This trunk includes:
- 1 Small binder containing:
- Background article
- Map about Great Migration
- Lesson plan connected with book James Vander Zee
- Lesson plan for book Man Who Built A Library
- VTS for art activity about Jacob Lawrence
- Art analysis lesson
- Book list
- Background article
- Lesson about the fashion of the period
- 1 large binder containing:
- Pocket w/ flash drive that contains 2 ppt one for grades 3-8
and one for grades 9-HS and a digital concentration game
- Set of cards about artists and their works. Use the cards for matching
artwork with artists; also use to prepare for playing digital
concentration game on the flash drive.
And, a laminated copy of Jacob Lawrence painting to use with Visual
- A packet that contains sets of pictures to arrange and
use with a lesson on analyzing and interpreting
- Various clothes that reflect period to be used with fashion lesson
- Several books
Discover the roots and traditions of Kwanzaa, an annual late-December celebration of African heritage in African American culture. This trunk includes:
- Traditional Kwanzaa table setting
- Kwanzaa candelabra
- Kwanzaa video
- Kwanzaa fiction and nonfiction
- Lesson plans