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The Traveling History Trunks have been made possible in part by the East Jefferson Rotary, Port Townsend Rotary, Quilcene Lion's Club, Pam McCollum Clise, and the Hastings Estate Company

Education Committee
Museum in a Trunk Program

Thanks to the generous donations of local service organizations and citizens, the JCHS Education Committee has developed six traveling trunks of artifacts and materials for use in Jefferson County  schools.

Early Settlers of Jefferson County
Using historic accounts and family interviews, this history trunk includes stories rich in day-to-day life of early settlers through the perspective of a child. Photographs, stories, artifacts, and activities bring students a new understanding of the rich history of Jefferson County families in the first fifty years of European settlement. Includes wonderful information on growing up in Brinnon, Center, Lake Leland, Marrowstone Island, Quilcene, Port Hadlock, and Port Ludlow.


Life of a Sailor and Navigation Sea Chest
The contents of this trunk enable elementary school students to expand their geography, social studies, and critical thinking skills through an in-depth exploration of artifact replicas, books, charts, videos, and audio-tapes. A Teacher's Guide helps brings shipboard life and maritime history to the classroom.


Native Peoples of the North Olympic Peninsula
This hands-on history trunk includes artifacts and stories of tribal life before 1855. It enables students to see how the natural environment dictated the cultural development of the indigenous people of the North Olympic Peninsula. Students use analytical, creative, and problem solving skills in the process of gaining a fresh understanding of what came before.


The History of Logging in Jefferson County: 1850-1950
From forest to mill, a study of the colorful heritage of the Olympic Peninsula's  prosperous timber era and the impact of logging on the everyday lives of the people of Jefferson County.  Students can set up a model yarder and yard logs, learn logging lingo, try on tin pants and "cork" boots, learn the anatomy of a tree and much more.  The curriculum engages students in the use of analytical, creative and problem solving skills.


The Chinese Story in Jefferson County: 1870-1930
With this interactive learning tool students will learn about the early Chinese settlers ("The Celestials") in our community, their strong connection to the local economy and their impact on the everyday lives of people in east Jefferson County.  Students will learn why the Chinese left their own country to live in our communities, see and read about the businesses that were in our community, "meet" some of the Chinese people through stories and pictures and learn ancient Chinese traditions through games, music, clothing, words, symbols, art activities, maps and books.