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Traveling Trunks

Traveling Trunk

Bring the Idaho State Museum to You!

We are creating engaging, multidisciplinary outreach programs for Idaho schools and community groups. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Minidoka National Historic Site, the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, and the Governor’s Lewis and Clark Trail Committee, traveling trunks are currently offered free of charge to Idaho teachers.

Lewis and Clark Trunk

Grades 3-5 | This trunk provides exciting artifacts for students to examine and learn about the trials and tribulations experienced by the Corps of Discovery as they journeyed across North America.

Old Idaho Penitentiary Trunk

Grades 6-12 | Discover the stories and circumstances behind the major riots and disturbances at the Old Idaho State Penitentiary through artwork, artifacts, stories, and more. Students will be challenged with thought-provoking questions that will ask them to consider how these events shaped the current state of corrections in Idaho.

Minidoka Incarceration Camp Trunk

Grades 3-12 | This trunk provides artifacts, books, music, and other materials for teachers to introduce students to the history of thousands of Japanese American individuals and their illegal incarceration during WWII. 

Hispanic Heritage Trunk

Grades 3-5 | The trunk was created with community partners and historians and includes lesson plans and activities that align with state standards for grades 3-5. The lesson plans and activities in the trunk are also translated into Spanish. Use the trunk to learn about vaqueros, ballet folklorico, corridos, Dia de los Muertos, and more!

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