"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.
Student Resources




Civil Rights
A National and
Local Movement

Heritage Museum


Transylvania County GenWeb
Transylvania GenWeb 

Family Search

Friends of Mountain History
Friends of
Mountain History

North Carolina Department of Curtural Resources
North Carolina
Department of
Cultural Resources

Mountain Heritage Center
Mountain Heritage

North Carolina Museum of History
North Carolina Museum of History



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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