"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.
Education Trunk                                     



In these activities, students will use primary sources from the collections of the Transylvania Heritage Museum and the Transylvania County Library’s Local History Room to investigate the ways in which educational practices have changed over the decades.
This trunk and its instructional activities incorporate both materials and teaching methods typical of two historical time periods: 1861 (the founding year of Transylvania County) and the first half of the 1900s (1900-1960). On Day 1, students will build their knowledge of the mid-1800s school day. On Day 2, students will experience firsthand an 1861 school day. On Day 3, students will build their knowledge of education during the 1900s-1960s and compare and contrast that time period to the 1861 classroom and the classroom of today.

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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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