Q: Where did the idea for the Teaching Trunks come from?
A: Recognizing that our local museum's collections are a wonderful teaching resource,
recognizing that taking a field trip to the museum itself is not always
possible, the Teaching
Trunks project was initiated to bring the museum to the classroom. An added
benefit of the
Teaching Trunks project is that materials from the museum can be provided to
and students around a particular theme that correlates to the students'
Teaching Trunks contain lesson plans and activity ideas that utilize
local primary source
items such as photographs, documents, maps, and artifacts that reflect our
heritage. Because each trunk includes both lesson plans and the actual
historical items, it is
designed to be a "ready-to-go" instructional kit, freeing the teacher of
much of the
resource-gathering and instructional planning that typically precedes unique
experiences and readily placing artifacts from our region's history into the
Q: Is the stuff in the Teaching Trunks really old?
A: While all of the items in the trunk come from "the past," some of the items are
reproductions. This is especially true of some of the photographs and
providing a reproduction, the museum is able to preserve the original and
still allow students
to view and handle a facsimile of the original. However, when possible we do
try to include
an original artifact.
Q: Can my students touch the things in the Teaching Trunks?
A: Yes. That's one of the purposes for bringing it into the classroom. Of course they will
special gloves so as to protect the items.
Q: Who is in charge of the Teaching Trunks project?
A: Her name is Jodi Huggins. Jodi is a Technology Integration Specialist at Brevard College
a former Instructional Technologist and classroom teacher for Transylvania
Q: How can my students get involved in preserving the history and culture of
A: If you or your students are interested in learning more about preserving the history and
culture of our local community and region, please contact the Transylvania
Museum (email@example.com). You might also be
interested in the following:
Transylvania County Library Local History
Room also Digital NC.
Q: Is there addional information about Transylvania
A: Yes. Go to this link to view a very nice video about Transylvania