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History-in-a-Box

Bring the North Carolina Museum of History to you!

Through our innovative "History-In-a-Box" Kits, educators can use a fresh and fun approach to introduce topics throughout history. These multidisciplinary teaching tools provide you with background materials, reproduction artifacts, lessons, and activities that tie North Carolina history with language arts, science, math, and visual art.

Reservations are currently closed for the 2018-2019 school year. For the 2019-2020 school year, requests open on Thursday, August 1, 2019 for NCMOHA Educator Members and Thursday, August 15, 2019 for general public.

To check out a list of our current kit topics, see below.

From Earth and Fire: North Carolina Pottery

Create interdisciplinary lessons and encourage students to connect with history! Watch the video From Earth and Fire: North Carolina Pottery and use pieces of pottery and historical photographs to learn math, language arts, and science. This project was made possible through the support of the North Carolina Humanities Council and the North Carolina Arts Council.

North Carolina and the Civil War

Explore the Civil War in North Carolina through touch objects that tell stories of a soldier on the battlefront and a woman on the home front. The companion video features a young soldier relating his wartime experiences. Resources for teachers include background materials, lessons, and activities.

From Farm to Factory: Agriculture and Industry in North Carolina

For most of its history, North Carolina has had a predominantly rural economy. New technology that made farming more efficient also led to the growth of industry in the state. In recent years, the state’s economy has turned sharply away from agriculture. Learn the factors—who, what, where, when, and how—that contributed to the shift from farm to factory. Identify objects, analyze historical photographs, study geography and its relationship to food, and learn about life in a mill village, the effects of child labor, and the importance of technology today and in the future.

Colonial North Carolina

Geography played a major role in the settlement patterns of colonial North Carolina. Explore colonial family life and learn about the cultures of four groups that settled in the state’s three regions. Examine reproduction artifacts, play with toys, and listen to period music. Learn about clothing, housing, cooking, education, and trade. This project was made possible through the support of the North Carolina Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Everybody’s War: North Carolina and World War II

Everyday life changed during World War II as families were separated, food and goods were rationed, and travel and pleasure driving were curtailed. North Carolinians from the mountains to the coast helped the war effort by volunteering, by salvaging and conserving, by growing victory gardens, and by buying war bonds. Use the scrapbook of memories, the stories of North Carolinians, and objects, images, and words of the period to teach about the changes that this war brought to our state.

Primarily North Carolina

What is the difference between a primary and a secondary source? Artifacts, photographs, and documents from North Carolina’s past help students explore the raw materials used to understand history. Discover what objects and spaces tell about life and society. Working with primary sources gives students skills and confidence in research, writing, and interpretation.

North Carolina from the Mountains to the Sea

Travel the state of North Carolina to discover its diverse geography, history, economy, traditions, and culture. Three History-in-a-Box kits with stories, maps, images, objects, and music engage students as they connect with their fascinating state and understand their sense of place. Funding for this project was provided by GlaxoSmithKline.

The Coastal Region: The Lost Colony, pirates, lighthouses, the land, and the sea are part of the Coastal Plain’s history. Discover the culture, traditions, and experiences that are unique to this part of North Carolina. 

The Piedmont Region: Farming, manufacturing, and education helped to build the Piedmont into the driving force it is today. This region is now the center of North Carolina’s government. Learn how economic and technological innovations have spurred the growth of the Piedmont. 

The Mountain Region: Difficult terrain once set the Mountain region apart—only American Indians and the hardiest settlers first made their homes there. Developments in transportation, first through railroads and later through highways, eventually connected the Mountains to the rest of the state. Explore the traditions, geography, and industry of this wonderful part of North Carolina.