Educational Kits

This program of the Western Heritage Center is generously sponsored by:

Each of our education trunks comes with an educator’s guide and/or research materials. We recommend checking out the trunks early to familiarize yourself with the material and projects included in each kit. Trunk check outs are free to school districts and other non-profit organizations. Check out fee for for-profits organizations is $10. There is a $25 security deposit required for the trunks-all items in the trunk must be returned and the trunk must be checked in on time to receive your deposit back. Inside each kit is an inventory form that needs filled out before it is returned.  If the trunks need to be shipped the recipient is responsible for the shipping to and from the location. Please call in advance to schedule a trunk, they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information about these kits or to schedule them for your classroom, please contact Elisabeth DeGrenier at (406) 256-6809 or elisabeth@ywhc.org.

 

History Mystery I: Sacrifice Cliff

This educational resource kit gives students an opportunity to examine historical evidence in the context of the actual historical mystery of the true location and story of Sacrafice Cliff. Through this exercise, students learn the importance of research, history and preservation. Age group: 7th grade and up.

The Sacrifice Cliff educational project was funded with a grant from the Bureau of Land Management, Billings Curation Center, in 2007.

History Mystery II: Pryor Mountain Wild Horses
 

This educational resource kit is a game that studies the environment, behavior, management and history of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses. Students will 'travel' around the horse range gathering facts about this unique herd of wild horses. The first team to gather enough facts to answer WHO, WHERE, WHEN, WHY and HOW wins! Age group: 4th and up.

 The Pryor Mountain Wild Horses educational project was funded with a grant from the Bureau of Land Management, Billings Curation Center, in 2009.

History Mystery III: The Mystery of the Old Homestead

This educational resource kit comes with several activities and lessons. There is a game, living history activities, oral histories, vocabulary lessons and homestead histories. The History Mystery game is recommended for 4th and up. Some activities and stories can be read to younger ages.

The Mystery of the Old Homestead educational project was funded with a grant from the Bureau of Land Management, Billings Curation Center in 2010.

Crow Indian Trunk

This educational resource kit contains a binder with information about the history of the Plains Indians, including how family members spent their days, community and tribal organization, origin stories, tipi design, the importance of the buffalo in daily life, plants, clothing and beadwork. Educational artifacts included. Recommended for 4th grade and up.

Northern Cheyenne Trunk

This educational resource kit contains a binder with information about the history of the Plains Indians, including how family members spent their days, community and tribal organization, origin stories, tipi design, the importance of the buffalo in daily life, plants, clothing and beadwork. Educational artifacts included. Recommended for 4th grade and up.

Montana’s American Indian Tribal Flags Kit

The traveling trunk contains standard and miniature flags of Montana tribes, the Montana flag, the United States flag, and two mounted posters of the flags of the American Indian tribes of the United States.  A copy of Native American Flags, by Donald T. Healy and Peter J. Orenski, describes the pictures, symbols and colors used in each flag.  Also included are lesson plans and coloring activities to encourage children to create their own flags. Recommended for 4th grade and up.

Lewis and Clark Trunk

This kit focuses on Lewis and Clarks Journey specifically through Montana. There is a variety of books on their journey appropriate for ages as young as kindergarten to high school. It includes education artifacts, trivia, video and music. Recommended for kindergarten and up.

The Montana Homestead Era Trunk 1909-1925

This kit includes educational artifacts, visuals, books and dress up clothes. There lessons on homesteading in Montana for men, women and children, the homestead acts, reservations, and railroads. Recommended for 4th grade and up. 

 

 

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