The Traveling Trunk and Native American Basket are educational resources for teachers, scouts, church groups or others interested in teaching about the history of Washington or Native Americans in Franklin County.
They contain guides with suggested discussions, activities, work sheets, background information as well as numerous objects, photographs, and other images to aid in teaching these subjects. These resources are designed to fit into the school's educational requirements.
The trunk or the basket can be checked out for a total of seven days and are geared for third through fifth grades, but can be adapted for other age groups. To request use of either the trunk or basket, call the museum at 636-239-0280.
The education committee started taking the trunk and basket into local schools in 2014, presenting programs on different aspects of Washington history.
Traveling Trunk on Washington History –The Traveling Trunk is geared for third through fifth grades, but can be adapted for other ages. Subject matter includes:
William and Lucinda Owens, founding of Washington, immigration, corn cob pipes, Franz Schwarzer and zithers, shoe factories, George Bergner, inventor and manufacturer of apple and peach parers.
Native American Basket – The Native American Basket is geared for third through fifth grades, but can be adapted for other ages. Subject matter includes:
Shawnee and Osage tribes, Shawneetown in Franklin County, survival and uses of the buffalo, dwellings and food, life as a child,Native American games and ceremonies and beliefs.