Kentucky Museum – Information & Resources for Teachers
The Museum is not loaning Traveling Trunks during Spring or Summer 2021.
Reservation Request Form
The Kentucky Museum Traveling Trunks are very popular with teachers and travel many miles each year. When you borrow a trunk please keep in mind that often times it is already scheduled to go out again as soon as it is returned to us. You return the trunk, we inventory it and out it goes to the next educator. For this free service to work you must keep to the agreed upon schedule.
- No fees for using a Traveling Trunk
- Reservation is limited to two weeks
- Trunk pick up and return at the Kentucky Museum
- Museum hours Tuesday through Saturday 9 AM- 4 PM
- Please do not request the use of a trunk unless you are positive that you can return the trunk on the agreed upon day. Failure to do so will revoke future loan privilege.
- Complete and submit Traveling Trunk REQUEST FORM.
Please visit our short Traveling Trunk Video.
Traveling Trunks are listed under Local, State, National, and World headings then a description of each trunk with a content list is below.
- Bosnians in Kentucky
- Bowling Green and Warren County
- Historic Toy Trunk
- Frontier Experience
- Historic Native Americans in Kentucky
- Kentucky Regions and Symbols
- Lets Talk Folk Art
- Prehistoric Kentucky
- Abraham Lincoln
- African American History
- American Civil War
- Colonial America Revolutionary War
- African Art and Culture
- Bosnians in Kentucky
- Chinese Culture
- Looking at Japanese Culture
- World Holidays
Funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This traveling trunk contains a variety of resources to help educators explore one of the most fascinating figures in American history. This trunk contains information abut Lincoln's life and legacy including: formative years, presidency and Civil War, assassination, primary sources and much more. In addition to books, work sheets, music and Power Points, the kit contains clothing representative of both Lincoln's boyhood and of his presidency. The trunk is designed primarily for use with second through fifth grade. Trunk Contents
This trunk was designed by students in Dr. Tim Evans' Folklore & Education class for use with grades K-6. The trunk features an extensive lesson plan with numerous activities and handouts, connections to Kentucky state standards in Social Studies, Geography, Arts/Media Arts, Music Science, Mathematics, and Practical Living. It includes units on Bosnian history, the refugee experience, home and family life (including food traditions, herbs and embroidery), and recreation (including soccer, music and dance). The trunk includes a variety of resources including books, maps, music CDs, clips from interviews with members of the Bowling Green Bosnian community, a small Cura Saz (Bosnian lute), a Bosnian coffee set, a Bosnian soccer jersey, dance shoes, flags, and a large collection of art by refugee children. This trunk was funded by the following: WKU International Year of Program, WKU Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology and WKU Potter College.
Learn about the local government, history, and geography of Bowling Green and Warren County. This contextual resource kit contains Power Points on government and history of the city and county. There are a variety of objects that represent the city and county. There are two lesson plans/activities—a photograph study and a geography lesson. There is a very large map of Warren County for display as well as a timeline of major events. Thirty copies of the fictionalized “Diary of Johnny Underwood” provide insights into a 19th century childhood. The trunk is designed primarily for first through third grade use. Download and print the BG and Warren County TIMELINE HERE
This teacher's kit was developed to assist educators in enriching their Kentucky history curriculum. The guides and activities are designed for 4th and 5th graders, but can be used for 3rd through 6th grade. The trunk includes information about clothing, food, shelter, material culture, and famous leaders from each of the three tribes. Posters, maps, information sheets, “artifacts,” art projects, and folk tales are available in order for students to better understand the culture of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Shawnee Indians. While these three Native groups did have similarities, each tribe has a narrative of its own that contributed to the creation, expansion, and history of Kentucky.
This traveling trunk is aimed towards students of all ages and focuses on toys of the past. Special emphasis is given to Native American Games, Pioneer & Folk Toys, and Victorian Era toys. Students can learn about and play with toys that have existed through the ages so that they can compare historical toys with toys of today. Some of the toys included are: Snake and Indian Stick game, Buzz Saws, Jacob’s Ladders, Jacks, tin toys, T-puzzles, and Pyramid Puzzles.
Topics include: archeology, Kentucky Native Americans, prehistoric animals known as megafauna, identifying projectile points, a video about Flint knapping (making stone tools). The kit contains actual artifacts and "arrow heads," photos, vocabulary lists, crossword puzzles, quizzes, and ideas for discussion based on the information and three activities.There is also "A Native Presence," a guide published by the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission that contains four lesson plans.