(National Park Service)
"The Life of the Civil War Soldier" Traveling Trunks
If your class cannot get to the battlefield, bring Gettysburg into your classroom. Gettysburg National Military Park is pleased to offer you and your students our Civil War Traveling Trunk. Through various clothing items, military accoutrements, pastime activities, photographs, literature and music, students will be able to appreciate what the daily life of a Civil War soldier was actually like. The curriculum and clothing in the trunk is targeted for the 5th Grade student but it can be made adaptable for students in grades 4 to 8 and we do have a trunk specifically for the 8th Grade. You may set up the six learning stations in your classroom or use a common room so that the whole school can become involved. So, how do you reserve one of our trunks?
Schools in Adams, Franklin or York, Pennsylvania
Schools within driving distance of Gettysburg
Schools Across The Region and Country
Important Note: The heaviest demand for a trunk is usually during the spring so please consider requesting a trunk for the fall or winter months.
Scholarships for schools to receive the trunk have been generously provided by The 69th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Inc., Civil War Reenactors
Traveling Trunk Guide Book For Teachers (pdf, 1.60mb)
Please note that the contents of each Traveling Trunk are similar and based on the theme of The Life of a Civil War Soldier, though each may have some minor variations in items, additional stations, etc. This booklet is the basic guide for a trunk though the trunk you receive may have some minor differences in content.
Sorry, but all of our Traveling Trunks are completely booked for the 2013-2014 school year. Dates and reservation request forms for the 2014-2015 school year will be available on this website in mid-August. Feel free to download the traveling trunk teacher's guide for lesson plans that may be adapted for your students without the trunk itself. Thank you!
Did You Know?
The tiny home of widow Lydia Leister was used by Union General George G. Meade for his headquarters during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.