Last updated: February 24, 2015
What They Wore: U.S.-Mexican War Traveling Trunks
Traveling trunks allow your students to "try on" history. Have students wear the uniforms to compare/contrast the U.S. and Mexican uniforms to each other, to modern uniforms, and to their own clothes. Examine the personal items and discover how things change or stay the same. The teacher's guide includes a historical background, descriptions of each replica, and lesson plans. The half-hour video Eyewitness to War News can be shown in segments and can also be downloaded For Kids page.
At this time, trunks are only available to educators in the local area and must be picked-up and dropped off at the Palo Alto Visitor Center. The visitor center is located at 7200 Paredes Line Rd. just north of the intersection with FM 511. Trunks may be borrowed for up to two weeks. Contact Karen Weaver at (956) 541-2785, ext. 332 for more information.
- Hispanic or Latino American History and Culture, History, Mexican War, Westward Expansion
- National/State Standards:
- Gr K-4 National Standards-Social Studies: U.S. History 2, 3
Gr 5-12 National Standards-Social Studies: World History Eras 4 & 7
- U.S. Army, Mexican Army, soldiers, war
- Traveling Trunk