Montana Historical Society

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Hands on History Footlockers

The Society's Footlocker program offers thematic "traveling trunks" focused on a wide variety of topics. Each footlocker is filled with reproductions of clothing, tools, everyday objects, maps, photographs, documents. Each footlocker user guide includes historical narratives for educators and students, lesson plans (many of which do not require material from the footlockers), Amazing Montanan biographies, and information on standards alignment.

Available Titles: Find a list of available Montana Historical Society-created footlockers and view their User Guides here.

Availability and Cost: Footlockers are available to Montana educators for two weeks at a time. No rental fee is charged for the use of footlockers. However, schools are responsible for the cost of shipping the footlocker to the next venue via United Parcel Service (UPS) or the United States Postal Service (USPS).

How to Order:

First, check this chart to see available dates. Then email coordinator Katie White your preferred dates, the title of the footlocker you’d like to order, the school name, the school shipping address, the phone number, and the number of students/teachers who will be using the footlocker.

The following footlockers also include links to PowerPoints that provide access to documents and photographs relating to the footlocker topics:

Join MHS senior manuscript archivist and Montana historian Rich Aarstad on six- to seven-minute tours of some of the objects in "From Caps for Traps: The Montana Fur Trade" and Gold, Silver, and Coal, Oh My.

Did you know? The Office of Public Instruction Indian Education Division has class sets of the books available for borrowing for use in your classroom for up to three months. These go with lesson plans on the OPI Indian Education Web site. Learn more here.