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.
Unpacking Texas History
How to Borrow a History Trunk
Teachers submit a request form to borrow a trunk for a specific two-week period. Trunks are free for teachers who can pick up and return to the Alamo. For schools outside of San Antonio, the school is responsible for the round-trip shipping cost.
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 Resources
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:
- Luxury goods
History Trunk Terms and Conditions
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 pay for 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please return the trunks in the condition in which they are received. Teachers may be asked to pay the replacement cost of any lost or damaged items that are judged beyond normal wear and tear.
Round-trip shipping for history trunks is available for $100 each. 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 shipping location.
By borrowing the History Trunk, you agree to abide by the above terms and conditions.