"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows."  Sydney J. Harris   

Trunks Project


  Connecting our youth with

Western North Carolina's past.

Project Overview

The Teaching Trunks program is an outreach endeavor of the Transylvania Heritage Museum, located in Brevard, North Carolina.The goal of this program is to enable students to personally connect with western North Carolina’s history in a way that is authentic and meaningful. Each trunk incorporates historic artifacts, such as photographs, maps, documents, and objects, as well as instructional materials to assist teachers in facilitating learning opportunities that utilize the artifacts. Trunks are created around themes that are aligned to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study but are easily adapted to national standards.



The History of Education and Civil Rights Traveling Trunk are made possible with the assistance of the Transylvania Endowment of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest and the Transylvania Heritage Museum.
Teacher: C. Whitman

The "Traveling Transylvania Trunk" was an absolutely wonderful learning tool for my fourth graders. The amount of time and energy that was taken to pull materials and construct lessons for this trunk was phenomenal and the excitement over the trunk and its contents was awesome. The lessons included in the trunk were right on track for fourth graders and covered many content areas. Students were able to learn so much about the history and economy of our county by analyzing photographs and artifacts. By allowing students to wear gloves and use magnifying glasses during these lessons, the students felt as if they were detectives searching through decades of Transylvania's history.


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