Bring the Idaho State Museum to Your Town!
We are curating new and exciting traveling trunks to add to our growing collection! For those looking to experience the museum from a distance, we offer now offer three traveling trunks and two traveling exhibits that will bring the museum experience to you. If you are interested in scheduling the trunks or exhibits, please contact us at (208) 334-2120.
Minidoka-Available for reservations November 1st
What was life like for Japanese Americans Incarcerated in the Minidoka War Relocation Center? Located near Eden, Idaho, the Minidoka War Relocation Center, or Hunt Camp as it was commonly known, held over 13,000 Japanese Americans. Our Minidoka Traveling Trunk has been the result of a two year partnership between the Idaho State Museum and the Minidoka National Historic Site. Artifacts and lesson plans have been carefully curated to connect learners to the human story of this sad chapter of American history.
Thanks to the generosity of the Minidoka National Historic Site, we are able to offer this trunk free of charge to Idaho teachers for its inaugural year. The Minidoka Trunk requires a Certificate of Insurance policy by the renter. This trunk is recommended for grades 4-8.
Lewis and Clark Trunk
What equipment did Lewis and Clark bring with them on the Voyage of Discovery? How did the men use these things to do their work? This trunk contains replicas of items listed on Lewis’s inventory. A plant press, fishing kit, flag, and trade goods are just a few of the many items students can touch and use to get a one-of-a-kind educational experience. Several lesson plans accompany this trunk and focus on the journal writing, plant identification, and map-making activities of the Corps of Discovery’s trip through Idaho. The trunk was funded in part by a grant from the Idaho Community Foundation. The Lewis and Clark trunk requires a Certificate of Insurance policy by the renter. The cost is $50 for two weeks and each exhibitor is responsible for shipping costs back to the museum.
Nez Perce Trunk
Learn about the culture of the Nez Perce with a traveling trunk full of Nez Perce artifacts. Four trunks created by the tribe were given to the Historical Museum so that the rich heritage of the Nez Perce could be shared with the citizens of the state of Idaho. The Is’aaptekay, Nez Perce term for Indian suitcase or parfleche, typically hold dry good items that men and women would have used for work or leisure time around the period that Lewis and Clark arrived. All the items included in the trunks are contemporary pieces made by tribal members. In addition to the hand-made items, a teacher’s guide with bibliography, four videos about the tribe, and the book Welcome to Kaya’s World are included for reference. The traveling Nez Perce trunk requires a Certificate of Insurance policy by the renter. The cost is $50 for two weeks and each exhibitor is responsible for shipping costs back to the museum