The traveling trunks are designed so that teachers and students anywhere in the country can receive hands-on educational materials, with lesson plans, delivered to their door. When the teacher is finished, they repack the trunk and send it back to us. The only cost associated with "borrowing" a trunk is roundtrip postage at Library Rate ($40.00).
The traveling trunk provides educators with materials that will aid students when studying the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. These materials are provided by a grant from the National Park Foundation's Parks as Classrooms program. Materials include reproduction period items such as a writing slate, clay marbles, a log cabin model, clothing, and authentic recipes. Also included are photographs, a curriculum guide, audiovisual resources, and a narrative.
Travel Trunk Policies
- Traveling trunks can be reserved by calling the park and since there are a limited number trunks we need to know the dates that you would like to receive a trunk a far in advance as possible. Traveling trunks are distributed on a first come, first served basis. We loan the trunk for 1 week. If you need the trunk for longer than 1 week, please ask when you are requesting the trunk.
- Trunks are shipped by US Mail (Library Rate). Shipping cost and time will vary depending on your location. You should allow up to two weeks for the trunk arrival.
- Buy a Postal Money Order at your local post office for the shipping from us to you. Make the money order ($20.00) payable to Postmaster, Hodgenville, KY. We must receive your Postal Money Order at least 2 1/2 weeks prior to your reservation date, if not your reservation could be canceled.
- The borrower is responsible for paying shipping cost to receive and return the trunk to the park.
- The trunk weighs 38 pounds, its dimensions are 35" long, 15" high, and 13" wide, and has a pad lock
For additional information and to reserve a Traveling Trunk for your class call the park at (270) 358-3137 or write to the following address: Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, C/O Traveling Trunk Coordinator, 2995 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville, Kentucky 47248.
Schools located in Central Kentucky should ask about our living history program, "Walk Through Lincoln's Life," which is an on-site educational program presented each September.