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Plains Bison Trunk

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Grades K-5

Kids can touch bison bones, bison fur and hides, dried bison “chips,” a bison hairball, a dried bison bladder and much more while using their science, math and social studies skills with the activities included in the Teacher's Guide. A trained interpreter can describe how the Plains Indians used the bison, tell about the bison’s skeleton and answer questions.

TEKS: Language Arts: 4.1abc, 4.2d, 4.4abc; Social Studies: 4.1ab, 4.4d, 4.8b, 4.10ab, 4.11ab (TEKS are grade comparable)


To reserve a date and time for your class, call Elaina at (806) 651-2258 or email ecunningham@pphm.wtamu.edu

Texas Panhandle Cowboy and Ranching Trunk

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Grades K-5

Students will learn how each article of clothing played an important role in the work of a cowboy and how ranching became one of the first businesses in the Texas Panhandle. Loaded with touchable artifacts Including cowboy clothing adopted from the vaquero tradition, this trunk includes photographs, books for various ages and a Teacher's Guide. A trained interpreter can show how the clothing was used, tell stories about ranches and cowboys, and answer questions.


TEKS: Language Arts: 4.1abc, 4.2d, 4.4abc; Social Studies: 4.2a, 4.4bc, 4.8bcd, 4.9abcm 4.10b, 4.11ab, 4.13abce (TEKS are grade comparable)


To reserve a date and time for your class, call Elaina at (806) 651-2258 or email ecunningham@pphm.wtamu.edu

Southern Plains Indian Trunk

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Grades K-5

Teachers can utilize touchable artifacts including clothing, tools, children’s toys, animal hides, and much more to illustrate Plains Indian life. A trained interpreter is available to show how the artifacts were used, tell stories about Plains Indians, and answer questions.


TEKS: Language Arts: 4.1abc, 4.2d, 4.4abc; Social Studies: 4.1b, 4.2a, 4.4d, 4.9abc, 4.10ab, 4.11ab, 4.13abc, 4.19c (TEKS are grade comparable)


To reserve a date and time for your class, call Elaina at (806) 651-2258 or email ecunningham@pphm.wtamu.edu

African American History Trunk

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Grades 3-7

Includes underground Railroad Quilt Sampler, Sounds of Slavery CD, objects representing the types of work done by slaves. History continues into modern day with stories about such people as Marian Anderson, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King, Jr. A trained interpreter can tell about how the artifacts were used, stories about African-American people from slavery to modern day and answer questions.


TEKS: Language Arts: 4.1abc, 4.2d, 4.4abc; Social Studies: 4.4ac, 4.5b, 4.8bd, 4.9ab, 4.17d, 4.20abc, 4.22ad; Music 4.1a, 4.5a (TEKS are grade comparable)

To reserve a date and time for your class, call Elaina at (806) 651-2258 or email ecunningham@pphm.wtamu.edu

World War II Trunk

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Grades 3-12

This trunk is a result of a collaboration between KACV-TV, Region 16 and PPHM and is full of touchable artifacts Including an Army and Navy uniform, propaganda, communications equipment and much more. A trained interpreter can show how the propaganda was used, tell stories about heroism during the war, and answer questions.


TEKS: Social Studies: 5.25abcdef, 5.26abcde, 5.27.21a


To reserve a date and time for your class, call Elaina at (806) 651-2258 or email ecunningham@pphm.wtamu.edu

From Boom to Dust

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Grades 3-8th


Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and KACV – Public Television for the Panhandle - are proud to present the Days of Dust Traveling Trunk Program. T
his Traveling Trunk Program is the result of two classroom educators working with Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and KACV to develop new classroom activities while integrating Dust Bowl artifacts, new Dust Bowl lesson plans, video segments from Panhandle residents who experienced the Dust Bowl, and video clips from The Dust Bowl documentary.

A trained interpreter can describe what life was like during the Dust Bowl and answer questions.

To reserve a date and time for your class, call Elaina at (806) 651-2258 or email ecunningham@pphm.wtamu.edu

Trunk for a Day

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Grades K-8th

Don't have time to prepare and present your own trunk program? By booking a Trunk for a Day with an interpreter you are bringing history into your classroom. You specify the trunk of your choice: African American History, Plains Bison, Texas Panhandle Cowboy and Ranching, Southern Plains Indian, Dust Bowl or the World War II Trunk, and we take care of the rest. We will bring the trunk to your classroom, present a 45-60 minute program to your students, and transport the trunk back to the museum.


Cost is $20.00 per presentation and the maximum audience is 30 students per program. The trunk interpreter has a transportation fee of .35 cents per mile outside of Amarillo and Canyon ISD.

To reserve a date and time for your class, call Elaina at (806) 651-2258 or email ecunningham@pphm.wtamu.edu

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