"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.

Additional Comments

Students: Fourth grade students at RES

  • I was learning something when I was having fun.
  • I like getting to touch the stuff.
  • It really makes me think.
  • This was like going back in time.
  • I really liked the hands on.
  • Everything in the trunk was something I have never known about.
  • I am so glad we didn’t learn about those items in a text book because hands on projects teach me much more!
  • To me that was the best history lesson I have had this year!


Students: Fourth grade students at BES

  • I liked the artifacts that were in the trunk.
  • I liked seeing and learning how farming took place back then.
  • I enjoyed seeing things from the past.

Teacher: M. Dolan

I loved this! The materials were well thought out, and I was able to incorporate small group work with the six box investigations. As a follow up, I will invite a few community members to speak to my students regarding the local economy.

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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