Veteran's History Traveling Trunks
The teaching trunks offered by the Center for Public History are designed to help 5th grade through middle school students understand World War II and the Cold War era and how these time periods have shaped American history and culture.
Teaching World War II...
Materials in the World War II trunk were developed to support instruction on major event and individuals involved in both the Pacific and European theatres, including the Navajo Code Talkers, the Tuskegee Airmen, and local World War II veterans. Information and artifacts about "Rosie the Riveter," ration coupons, and newspaper articles help illustrate what life was like on "the home front."
Teaching the Cold War...
The materials in the Cold War trunk were developed around five major topics: the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Airlift; the Korean War; the Cuban Missile Crisis and living in the Atomic Age; the Vietnam War; the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. A nuclear fallout shelter sign, a piece of the Berlin Wall, Soviet propanda posters, and a U.S. Army issue cold weather cap from the Korean War era are among the artifacts that help illustrate life during these tumultuous years.
Trunks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for a period of seven school days. For more information, contact the Center for Public History at 678-839-6141.
These traveling trunks are produced in part by a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council through the appropriation of the Georgia General Assembly.