Our kits and trunks are packed with various artifacts, lessons plans centered in primary source analysis, photos, and so much more! From mountain men, miners, and the Giant Map to the stories of grandmothers from Colorado’s communities of color, our kits put the past in your students’ hands. See rental details and sample teacher guides for our kits and trunks below. Please contact us for any additional questions.
How to Order
Rental Period: 2 weeks Cost: $20 per kit when picked up and dropped off at the History Colorado Center. Kits can be shipped both ways for an additional $50 charge. Late return and replacement fees may apply.
NOTE: When you add a Kit or Trunk to your online shopping cart, it does not automatically reserve the dates that you requested. To avoid confusion, please do not select your desired dates until you are ready to check out.
Each two-week rental period starts on a Friday. Pick up and drop off is at the History Colorado Center and is available during the weekends at the beginning and end of your rental period.
Rental periods for 2023-2024:
September 1 to September 15, 2023
September 22 to October 6, 2023
October 13 to October 27, 2023
November 3 to November 17, 2023
December 1 to December 15, 2023
January 5 to January 19, 2024
January 26 to February 9, 2024
February 16 to March 1, 2024
March 8 to March 22, 2024
March 29 to April 12, 2024
April 19 to May 3, 2024
May 10 to May 24, 2024
May 24 to June 7, 2024
Need more than two weeks or not seeing the rental period you want? Email email@example.com before reserving your kit online to arrange for any additional accommodations, subject to availability.
Imagine a trunk your grandmother might have tucked away somewhere, where they may have collected objects and stories over the years that one day might be passed on to you and your descendants.
History Colorado’s Grandmother Trunks illustrate everyday life from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. Choose from four different communities: American Indian, African American, Hispanic, and Japanese American. Each trunk has 15-20 objects as well as lessons, biographies, and additional resources.
New in 2022-23! Bison Box
Explore the many uses of a bison in Plains Indian cultures with objects and stories.
Colorado’s fur trade comes to life as students explore this exceptionally colorful era.