Traveling Trunks

Books, pelts, tracks, and other items sent with the Traveling trunk

Bring Homestead National Historical Park to your classroom with a traveling trunk!

Homestead National Historical Park proudly offers traveling trunks with curriculum to fit your students needs. Enhance your students learning with these hands-on activities. Homestead's traveling trunks are designed so that teachers and students anywhere can receive hands-on educational materials relating to the Homestead Act and westward expansion. The trunks are easily shipped in a large flat rate box from the United States Postal Service. The only costs associated with "borrowing" a trunk is the return postage.

Additionally, each traveling trunk comes with it's own Buddy Bison. The Buddy Bison travel with each trunk to collect the stories of the classrooms they visit. Snap a picture of your buddy with your class and send it back with your trunk or through email.

The policy for each traveling trunk is listed on the bottom of the page.


President Lincoln and the Homestead Act (K-3) Read More

The Homestead Act of 1862 (9-12) Read More

Buffalo Trunk (K-6) Read More

One-Room School Day (3-6) Read More

Prairie Animals (K-6) Read More

Prairie Life (3-6) Read More

To find a distance learning class to go with your traveling trunk, click here.


Traveling Trunk Policies

  • Traveling trunks can be requested by calling 402-223-3514 or e-mail us.
  • Homestead National Historical Park is committed to bringing parks to classrooms and therefore will pay the shipping to your school.
  • Traveling trunks are lent on a first come-first served basis.
  • Traveling trunks are available for 1 week, which does not include the shipping back and forth. A longer time frame may be requested, but is subject to demand and availability.
  • Again, traveling trunks are free of charge. The only cost to you is the return shipping. Shipping the Prairie Animals trunk has an additional cost if you request both trunks (due to shipping weight).

Last updated: July 8, 2023

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8523 West State Highway 4
Beatrice, NE 68310


402 223-3514

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