Traveling Trunks and Programs

Traveling Trunks 
 A Day in the Life
A Day in the Life -Traveling Trunk                                                             
For:
Schools, grade 4                                      
Length: 2-4 Week Loan
Description:  Introduces students to pioneer
life in southern Appalachia. It includes books,
touchable artifacts, and curriculum-based materials.                                                                                                                                          
DIL Trunk Packing List                                                                                                                       

Reading A Quilt - Traveling Trunk
For:
Schools, grade 4
Length: 2-4 week loan
Description: Introduces the diversity and history of quilts. Includes a quilt with historic designs;
quilt-related books; touchable samples; 4th grade curriculum-based activities for math,
English, and oral history; a computer
software program; and lots of supporting materials for teachers.

RAQ Trunk Packing List

             

             Appalachian Gardens

 

Appalachian Gardens - Traveling Trunk 
For:
Schools, grade 3
Length: 2-4 week loan
Description:  Focuses on the natural and cultural history aspects of gardening in mountains.  The trunk features curriculum-based activities, hands-on exercises, experiments, definitions, diagrams, worksheets, and crafts.    Science activities contained within the trunk assist with understanding decomposition in the soil and the pollination of flowers.  Special equipment includes a microscope to look at soil, flower, and insect parts; a butterfly pavilion for pollinator observation, and materials for a mason bee house for the schoolyard.

AG Trunk Packing List

 

Programs

Appalachian Pastimes
For:
Schools, grades 2-8
Length: 1 hour
Description: Explores how our ancestors passed the time on the back porch or out in the yard. What stories did they tell, what games did they play, and what toys did they make? Try making some toys and playing with others.    

Appalachian Pastimes Pre and Post visit brochure

Covering Up
For:
Schools, grades 2-8
Length: 1 hour
Description: An introduction to the rich textile history of the southern Appalachian region. A hands-on experience engaging many senses.    

Hoeing and Harvesting
For:
Schools, grades 2-12
Length: 1 hour
Description: Agricultural traditions from native American to modern times.  Includes large format photographs, artifacts, and hands-on experiences.    

Native Americans in WNC
For:
Schools, grades K-6
Length: 1 hour
Description: Learn about Cherokee and other Native Americans through stories, images, games, and artifacts.

Native American Pre and Post visit brochure

New Light on Old Times
For:
Schools, grades 2-8
Length: 1 hour
Description: An exploration of candles, lamps, and lanterns. Experience tallow, beeswax, oil, and electric forms of lighting.   

New Light on Old Times Pre and Post visit brochure 

Reminiscence Box
For:
Senior groups, nursing facilities
Length: 30 minutes - 1 hour
Description: Historical photographs and artifacts from the collection are selected to stimulate a discussion of folk traditions, tools, and lifestyles.    

A Visit from a Civil War Soldier
For:
Schools, grades 4-12
Length: 1 hour
Description: Hear about the experience of a Union or Confederate soldier who discusses equipment, tactics, and the homefront during the Civil War.

NEW SCHOOL PROGRAM:

Cataloochee Valley: from Mountain Town to National Park
Length
: 55 min
DescriptionIn this program, students will discover that the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park uprooted local communities in the 1930s. Through hands-on time-line and census activities, students will learn why the parks were created and the accompanying costs of their formation. The lesson will focus on historic Cataloochee Valley Township in Haywood County.

Cataloochee Valley program outline

 

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