President George W. Bush greets fourth graders, January 5, 2004, at Pierre Laclede Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri. (P36885-10)

Traveling Trunk Program

These roller skates (circa 1950-1960) are part of Family Collection #4 from Raiding the Attic.

Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Our Traveling Trunks can supplement textbooks in new and exciting ways to interest students. While each trunk focuses on using primary sources in the classroom, they may be used outside of the social studies classroom and in cross-curricular instruction. For example, the Saving Our Seas! trunk was developed for science instruction to demonstrate the marine conservation initiatives of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush.

Raiding the Attic: Exploring History with Nana’s Trunk

Recommended Grade Levels: K-3
Students explore the treasured collections of 6 different American families. Through interaction with the artifacts and curriculum in Raiding the Attic, students learn the importance of museums and archives, how to differentiate between a primary and secondary source, how to analyze objects for their historic significance, and what collected objects mean to families. The trunk includes a full curriculum with ready-to-use activities and lesson plans.

Seeing the Saving Our Seas! trunk, students can't wait to see what's inside.

Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Saving Our Seas! The President and Mrs. Bush's Marine Conservation Trunk

Recommended Grade Levels: K-12
Built around the concept of comprehensive thematic guides, the Saving Our Seas! trunk provides both primary and secondary resources, scientific tools, and hands-on manipulatives that acquaint students with a variety of marine concepts. This includes the diversity of life in the oceans, the role of coral reefs, the water-cycle, human impact on the ocean ecosystem, and the archival records documenting the work of President and Mrs. Bush to conserve our oceans. The trunk provides tools and activities to ensure students understand the significance of the oceans and help them develop active conservation plans to encourage their role in saving our seas!

This Traveling Trunk contains a variety of resources for classroom use, including archival records, reference texts, DVDs, marine replicas, and scientific instruments.

Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Reserve a Trunk Today!

Many other trunks focusing on different topics are also available. To reserve a trunk for your class or find out more information, email

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