"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.
Economy Trunk


In the activities in the Economy Trunk, you will use materials from the collections of the Transylvania Heritage Museum and the Transylvania County Library’s Local History Room to investigate the ways in which people in Transylvania have made a living, both past and present. You will also evaluate how North Carolinians apply basic economic principles within their communities.

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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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