Staff members have developed four teaching trunks, available for checkout to schools. These trunks explore the history of Park County as interpreted through the traditional lifeways of native people. Each trunk is packed with hands-on activities designed for students from early elementary grades through high school. Each trunk includes a resource notebook and a CD that has links to online lesson plans, aiding with curriculum development. Books, photographs, and objects support each theme, making the trunks an interesting and fun resource. Lesson plans are from the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Indian Education For All, as well as institutions like The Smithsonian, The National Park Service, and The Montana Historical Society. Designed for classroom use for one or more weeks, the trunks are free to Park County educators, including homeschool teachers. Museum staff and volunteers are also available to aid teachers by giving a teaching trunk lesson in the classroom.
Local Food and Medicine Cabinet trunk
The Local Food and Medicine Cabinet trunk is an impressive show and tell of native Montana plants. Park High School students collected fifteen specimens from the area around historic Fort Parker, east of Livingston, and carefully preserved them. Students learn how native peoples used the plants for food or medicine.
Tools of the Trade trunk
The Tools of the Trade trunk explores handmade tools that were used in early Native American cultures, and includes beautiful stone tool displays created by local flint knapper Ray Alt. Students can handle replicas of traditional tools and explore how native peoples used the bison for food, clothing, jewelry, and more.
Pack your Bags and Travel through Montana trunk
The Pack your Bags and Travel through Montana trunk helps students discover their history through the use of topographical maps. The collection highlights Montana’s seven reservations and many tribes. It also explores the Livingston area, “The Great Bend of the Yellowstone,” throughout time and with stories.
Step into a Native American Closet trunk
The Step into a Native American Closet trunk includes hands-on examples of the fashions and fabrics of Montana’s local tribes. In the Gallery of the Past, students view postcards that feature American Indian people, their lands, animals, and culture.
To check out a teaching trunk, please use the form below to email the museum or call 406.222.4184 with any questions.
Teaching Trunk Checkout