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.
Unfortunately we are currently unable to deliver the Traveling Trunk program due to the COVID pandemic. We hope to offer the program again soon!