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Artifact Kits and Grandmother Trunks

Artifact Kits and Grandmother Trunks available for the 2020-2021 school year!

(Grades 3–5)

Our kits and trunks are packed with various artifacts, lessons plans centered in primary source analysis, photos, and so much more! Varying in topics, rent this excellent classroom material for two weeks periods, and bring history alive! 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

Set Rental Period: 2 weeks
Cost: $10 per kit when picked up and dropped off at the History Colorado Center; $40 per kit when shipped both ways.

Order Online:

Artifact Kits
Grandmother Trunks

Each two-week rental period starts on a Friday. Click on the links above to see which Fridays are available. 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.

Need more than two weeks or not seeing the rental period you want? Email reservations@state.co.us or call 303/866-2320 before reserving your kit online to arrange for any additional accommodations, subject to availability. Additional fee may apply.

Grandmother Trunks

Imagine a trunk your grandmother might have tucked away somewhere, something where they may have collected objects and stories from over the years that one day may be passed on or opened to uncover what life was like. 

Our grandmother trunks draw on this idea, by bringing to light a touch of everyday life across time—from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. Choose from four different community groups: American Indian, African American, Hispanic, and Japanese American. Each trunk has 15-20 objects as well as lessons, biographies, and additional resources.

Artifact Kits

Mountain Man

Colorado’s fur trade comes to life as students explore this exceptionally colorful era.

History of the Fur Trade
Mountain Man Artifacts

Cliff Dwellers

Playing the role of archaeologists, students use tools to “excavate” prehistoric artifacts buried in sand.

Colorado Miners

Experience the boom and bust cycles of mining in Colorado.

Boom and Bust: Denver’s History

Experience the Gold Rush, the city's changing architecture, modes of transportation, and other exciting times from Denver’s past.  

10th Mountain Division

Coming Soon!

Explore two very unique Colorado stories: the 10th Mountain Division and Camp Hale, and uncover the contributions to World War II and lasting legacies.

More Resources

Be sure to explore our other resources online to further your lessons and experience with the Artifact kits and Grandmother trunks!

Online Digital Badges
Additional Resources