History Trunks

The Henry County Historical Society is coordinating an educational lending program consisting of portable trunks filled with materials relating to a specific historical topic.

The first trunk that was created focuses on the history of the crayon and is targeted for pre-kindergarten or kindergarten aged children. It provides educators a notebook with lesson plans and activities, all materials needed to complete activities in the classroom, a variety of books related to lesson plans and activities and a videotape of crayon production at a factory.

The second trunk is the Victorian Trunk, and contains educational materials, clothing and toys from the Victorian era. Its purpose is to show today's children what it was like to be a student during that time. Many will be surprised to find out that much has not changed since that time.

Our most recent addition is the Civil War Trunk. Recently completed, it contains actual artifacts and reproductions from the Civil War (1861-1865), including military items as well as items of clothing, and books.

Basically, this is a free program for educators to supplement their curriculum. The teachers don't need to do anything. It's all in there.

The trunks are available for checkout by any educator in Henry County and are available for two-week periods.

The trunks can be picked up at the Dr. Bloomfield House, 229 W. Clinton St., Napoleon, but educators must call 419-758-3262 to arrange for checkout.

The program is funded through the Lorena Drewes and Joyce Caldwell education funds and more trunks will be put into circulation in the future. Planned topics range from American Indians of northwest Ohio to the history of the Mayflower and the pilgrims.

The Historical Society knows the importance of capturing a child's imagination and interest at an early age, and it is trying to demonstrate to children that everything has a history as well as showing that history can be fun and interesting.