1920s – Geared Towards Elementary School. The 1920s traveling trunk highlights some of the crowning achievements and scandals of the 1920s through the investigation of primary sources, media, and three-dimensional objects. Topics analyzed in this trunk include new technological appliances for the home, Prohibition, the emergence of automobiles, and 1920s pop culture.
Civil War – Geared Towards Upper-Elementary and Middle School. Our Civil War traveling trunk is packed full of great historical reproduction materials to give your students a hands-on approach to learning about the Civil War and its impact on Tennessee. Through physical materials like a pair of soldier’s Brogans to letters, photographs, and diaries, students will dig deeper into their Civil War curriculum.
Cotton – Geared towards Elementary and Middle School.
Explore how Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin served as a catalyst for changes in the way cotton was manufactured in the United States. Through an investigation with primary sources, raw cotton bolls, and hand carders, students will examine cotton production and its role in the Industrial Revolution.
Vietnam – Geared Towards High School. The Vietnam War was a costly conflict between the communist regime of North Vietnam and its southern allies, the Viet Cong, and South Vietnam, allied with the United States from 1961 until 1973. The Vietnam traveling trunk focuses on the Christopher D. Ammons Vietnam War Collection at the Tennessee Library & Archives to explore the experience of one American soldier during this conflict using primary sources, Vietnam-era reproductions, and more.
World War I – Geared Towards Middle and High School. Students will expand their knowledge of World War I through the use of primary sources, media, and reproductions. Classrooms will analyze the effects of new technology in warfare, read entries from Tennessee soldiers who witnessed these new weapons first-hand, and learn about Alvin York’s heroic efforts and how Tennesseans memorialize him today.
World War II – Geared Towards Upper-Elementary School. High School teachers consult lesson plan prior to booking trunk. During World War II, more than 300,000 men and women from Tennessee served in the armed forces. In addition to the support provided by Tennessee to our nation’s armed forces, the Volunteer State also lived up to its name in its action on the Homefront. From scrap drives and war bonds to rationing and victory gardens, Tennesseans sacrificed, saved, and served.