In 2014, center director Paul Quigley and graduate assistants Tom Seabrook and Kevin “Tiny” Dawson designed a new way to bring Civil War history into elementary school classrooms. The “Traveling Trunk of Civil War History” contains clothing, tools, images, documents, and other items that bring history to life for younger audiences. And it’s all housed in a replica Union army bread crate.
We created the Trunk with fourth-grade students–and fourth-grade “Virginia Studies” SOLs–in mind. But we can adapt the program to suit any age group.
The Traveling Trunk program will visit New River Valley classrooms in Spring 2024. Contact Program Coordinator Rachel Stanley at email@example.com to schedule a visit.
Pictures from Traveling Trunk visits
Center faculty and graduate students have visited dozens of classrooms across Roanoke and the New River Valley, introducing elementary school students to the complexities of Civil War era history.