The Southwest Collection/Special Collections
Library has assembled materials for use by educators in teaching the
rich history of Texas. We believe that use of such materials will foster
a "hands on" appreciation of the history of Texas and the West Texas
region and will serve to inform educators about the rich holdings and
opportunities for research at the Southwest Collection/Special
History Trunks contain a variety of materials to enhance the learning
experience of students and teachers alike including maps, photographs,
videos, slide/power point presentations, transparencies, clothing,
recipes, music, worksheets, quizzes, games, suggested lessons and
activities, and much more.
We look forward to working with educators
and community groups through our history trunk program.
Current History Trunks available for checkout include:
Email the History Trunk Coordinator
- Settler Women on the Texas High Plains:
This trunk features activities and materials focused on fourth grade
social studies students, girl scouts, and special interest groups. The
traveling trunk presents the role of women in shaping West Texas by
using objects and primary sources that tell the stories of the pioneer
women in the West Texas region from 1876 to 1908. This trunk's suggested
lessons and activities are focused towards fourth graders, but can be
adapted to other grade levels.
- Trail Drives and the Texas Ranching Frontier:
This trunk focuses on the history and way of life associated with
ranching in West Texas. Documents, objects, and personal accounts tell
the stories of early ranching operations. The trunk contains material
about the major ranches of West Texas and the story of the major cattle
trails used to move cattle from Texas ranches. This trunk's suggested
lessons and activities are geared towards seventh graders, but can also
be adapted to other grade levels.
Paralleling the learning experience in the classroom, we have provided
pages where students and instructors can use a
"VIRTUAL CLASSROOM" to reinforce the learning experience.