Traveling Trunks


Large trunks filled with reproduction primary source artifacts and documents that travel to your classroom for a three-week rental. Also include lessons plans, activity suggestions, worksheets, and audiovisuals. Cost varies by trunk and includes return shipping*.

Rental Period: Three-week loan

Schedule: Call 410- 685-3750, ext. 334 or email to book a trunk. Confirmation letters will be sent as soon as a trunk is booked. General Use and Shipping Instructions

Scholarship Program:  The Delaplaine Foundation supports trunks sent to Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties. This scholarship will pay for a trunk rental including shipping costs to your school. Limited to one trunk per school.

Colonial Maryland Trunk

Colonial Maryland: Building the New World: Delve into life for colonial Marylanders in the 1600 and 1700s; students can try on clothes, handle objects, explore sights & sounds of early Maryland life with an emphasis on comparing the early and late colonial period and the various social classes (Grades 4&5) Cost: $125, includes return shipping

Revolutionary War Haversack

Revolutionary War Haversack: Be a soldier in the American Revolution; carry his haversack and explore the objects that he carried with him for day-to-day survival. (Grades 4-8) Cost: $85, includes return shipping

Growing Up in Maryland

Growing Up in Maryland: Children’s lives and experiences long ago through hands-on exploration of games, books, playthings, and pictures of daily life; a good introduction to the concept of the past (Grades Pre-K-3) Cost: $85, includes return shipping

Tools of the Historian TrunkTools of the Historian: Learn how historians use primary sources, including documents, photographs, objects and oral histories to create a view of the past; kit includes archeological objects, maps, pictures, oral history recordings and more (Grades 4-12) Cost: $85, includes return shipping
A Stitch in Time Trunk

A Stitch in Time: Quilts: Learn about a functional, everyday item that is not only an artistic expression but also a part of women’s history; includes books, slides and videos, sewing notions, quilt patterns and games and many images of quilts from different communities (Grades K-8) Cost: $85, includes return shipping

Maryland Indians Trunk

Maryland Indians: An investigation of the lives of Maryland’s Woodland Indians with this rich collection of replica objects. Lesson plans focus on reading content to address the Voluntary Curricula for social studies and reading. (Grades Pre-K-5) Cost: $125, includes return shipping

civil war trunk Civil War: Explore the lives of the citizens of Maryland during the Civil War.  Students will interact with photographs, objects, and documents to understand the roles of soldiers, women, and African-Americans in a divided society.  (Grades 4-8) Cost: $125, includes return shipping











*Please note: The cost for teachers interested in picking up and dropping off trunks by hand at the museum is $40/trunk.  Call the Maryland Historical Society to reserve your trunk.


Call 410-685-3750 ext. 334 to book a trunk.