History Trunks

Artifacts for the Classroom

History trunks offer a hands-on supplement for teachers to use within their own classroom curriculum. The trunks provide an opportunity for students to handle uniforms and field gear used by soldiers in a specific war and to view documents and photos. Included inside each trunk is a teacher’s guide that provides descriptions and interpretation of the equipment, as well as activity ideas for the history trunk items. History trunks can be effective in conjunction with a tour or as a separate activity. Three trunks may be checked out at one time and kept for up to two weeks. Call the Museum Educator at 630.260.8274 or email for questions.

Trunk Options

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History Trunk Add-ons

We are opening our artifact closet to teachers! Add specialty uniforms, equipment, or objects to tell stories about women and diverse groups. Choose a reproduction below, or let us know in the comments section if you have special requests. All artifacts include an item description page.

American Revolution
Civil War
World War I
World War II
Post-Vietnam and Desert Storm

Pick-Up Options

March - December: Trunks are picked up at the First Division Museum lobby during open hours, Wednesday-Monday. January - February: The First Division Museum is closed, or has limited hours.*

PLEASE NOTE: This is a request for a trunk. Your reservation is not complete until you receive a confirmation email. If you need further assistance, contact (630) 260-8274 or

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