Bring local history to your classroom
History Travels began as “History in a Box” in 2012, with handouts and worksheets given to teachers to enable them to include Eastern Shore history as part of their Virginia studies and U.S. history curriculum. As the project expanded, educational artifacts and online components were included to make the information accessible to all styles of learning. Today, the History Travels program focuses on bringing unique Eastern Shore history to the classroom, enhancing the Virginia studies lessons with local historical figures such as Thomas Savage and John Cropper. The project helps students connect the history from their own “backyard” to the larger state and national history.
The History Travels box includes educational artifacts that students are welcome to touch and study. Lesson plans for the artifacts also are included, but teachers are welcomed and encouraged to incorporate the artifacts into their classroom however they wish. The educational artifacts include:
Archaeological artifacts found at Ker Place
Enlarged reproduction of 17th century print of Thomas Savage
Replica John Cropper hat
Replica Peace Pipe
Currently, there are 14 boxes in circulation, and they can be reserved for as much as a month.
Please contact the education director at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, or concerns.
In addition to the box of artifacts, the History Travels program also includes several worksheets, Prezi presentations, and lesson plans. Please feel free to use or adapt the following for your classroom!