Unpacking Texas History

Get hands-on with accurate reproductions of everyday items from the 1800s. The trunks are a free classroom resource borrowed for up to two weeks.

How to Borrow a History Trunk

Clothing inside history trunk including black hat, coonskin cap, black shoes, and belt

Teachers submit a request form to borrow a trunk for a specific two-week period. San Antonio area teachers are invited to pick up and return history trunks at the Alamo. For schools outside of San Antonio, teachers may request ground shipping at no additional charge, thanks to the generosity of our donors.

Once the request is submitted, an Alamo educator confirms availability and arranges the pickup and drop-off appointments. Trunks must be reserved in advance. Quantities are limited and requests are fulfilled on a first-come first-served basis.

History Trunk reservations open September 3, 2024 for the 2024-25 school year.

History Trunk Resources

Replica food-related objects from an Alamo history trunk.

Each trunk contains a collection of objects related to frontier life in the 1800s. Items range from hats and clothing to cooking tools and eating utensils. Period playing cards, compass, and fire-starting kit provide opportunities to compare with similar objects today. The history trunk contents fall into four categories:

  • Clothing
  • Nourishment
  • Tools
  • Luxury goods 



History Trunk Terms and Conditions

Loan Period

The standard loan time for the History Trunk is two weeks. We expect the on-time return of the trunks so that they may be available for others to use. Teachers requesting the use of trunks are responsible for pick-up and return or may request round-trip shipping. There is no charge to borrow the trunk.

Trunk Contents and Care

Inventory the trunks upon arrival and before returning. An inventory sheet is provided in all trunks. If any of the items are missing or damaged, email education@thealamo.org. Please return the trunks in the condition in which they are received. Teachers are responsible for the replacement cost of any lost or damaged items that are judged beyond normal wear and tear.


There is no charge for round-trip shipping for schools outside the San Antonio area. Ground shipping is coordinated by the Alamo. Please allow up to 5 business days to receive the trunk. The two-week loan period begins upon arrival. Schools receive a pre-paid return label and are responsible for arranging shipping pick up or timely drop off at a shipping location.

By borrowing the History Trunk, you agree to abide by the above terms and conditions.