History-in-a-Box Kits

The last day to receive kits for the 2016-2017 school year will be May 19, 2017.

Reservations for the 2017-2018 school year will begin August 1, 2017. Thank you for your interest in our History-In-a-Box program!

Bring the North Carolina Museum of History to you!

With "History-In-a-Box" Kits, educators can use a fresh approach to introduce topics in history! These multidisciplinary teaching tools provide you with background materials, reproduction artifacts, lessons, and activities that tie North Carolina history with language arts, science, math, and visual art.

All kits are available for loan for three weeks and while there is no rental fee, the user is responsible for paying return shipping (typically between $10-$15 per kit). Teachers in the Raleigh area can save shipping costs by picking up and returning kits to the museum. If you have any questions, please contact the Media Center at 919-807-7984 or through email.

Ordering a Kit

Due to the increasing popularity of our History-in-a-Box program, we are currently unable to send out kits to classes/groups (in public, private, or home-based schools) of fewer than 10 students. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, but encourage you to take a look at our other educator resources.

To order a kit, either download, print and mail in our paper order form or use the online form below. When filling out the either form, please be sure to list the Friday shipping date(s) that you are requesting.

Please note that the date you are requesting may not be available due to popularity; should this happen we will be in contact with you with alternative options.

History-In-a-Box and Essential State Standards

Each of history-in-a-box kits aligns with North Carolina Social Studies Essential Standards. To help you with your planning, we've listed those standards below.

From Earth and Fire: North Carolina Pottery

Create interdisciplinary lessons and encourage students to connect with history! Watch the video From Earth and Fire: North Carolina Pottery and use pieces of pottery and historical photographs to learn math, language arts, and science. This project was made possible through the support of the North Carolina Humanities Council and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Social Studies Essential Standards: K.G.2.2, K.E.1, 1.H.1.1, 1.G.2.2, 1.E.1; 2.H.1.2, 2.G.2.1, 2.C.2.1; 3.H.1.2, 3.E.1.1-2, 3.C.1.1-2; 4.E.1.2-3, 4.C.1.2; 5.C.1.4; 7.E.1.4; 8.E.1.3; Visual Arts: K.V.1.1-2, 2.3, K.V.3, K.CX.1.1, 1.5, 2.1-2; 1.V.1.2-3, 2.3, 3.1, 3.3, 1.CX.1.1, 1.5, 2.1-2, 1.CR.1.2; 2.V.1.1, 1.5, 2.V.2, 2.V.3.1, 3.3, 2.CX.1.1, 1.5, 2.2; 3.V.1.1-2, 2.1-2, 3.1, 3.3, 3.CX.1.1-2, 1.5, 2.1, 3.CR.1.1; 4.V.1.1-2, 3.1, 3.3, 4.CX.1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 2.4, 4.CR.1.1; 5.V.1.2, 3.2-3, 5.CX.1.1, 1.5, 2.1; 6.V.2.3, 6.V.3, 6.CX.2.1-2; 7.V.2.3, 3.1, 7.CX.2.1-2; 8.V.2.3, 3.1, 8.CX.1.1-2; CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.1, K.MD.A.1; 1.OA.A.1, D.8; 2.OA.B.2, 2.MD.A.1, A.4, D.9; 3.OA.A.3, A.4, 3.MD.A.2; 4.MD.A.2; 5.MD.A.1, C.5; 6.RP.A.2, A.3, 6.EE.A.2, B.3, B.4; 7.RP.A.3, 7.EE.B.3; 8.EE.C.7, C.8; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2, 7.5, 8.5; W.6.4, 7.4, 8.4; RH.6.2, 6.4, 7.2, 7.4, 8.2, 8.4

North Carolina and the Civil War

Explore the Civil War in North Carolina through touch objects that tell stories of a soldier on the battlefront and a woman on the home front. The companion video features a young soldier relating his wartime experiences. Resources for teachers include background materials, lessons, and activities.

Social Studies Essential Standards: 3.H.2.1, 4.H.1.3-4, 4.H.2.2, 4.E.1.1-2, 4.E.2.2, 4.C.1.2, 5.H.1.3, 5.H.2.3, 5.E.1.1, 8.H.1.1-3, 8.H.2.1, 8.H.3.3-4, 8.E.1.1, 8.C&G.2.3, Visual Arts: 3.V.2.1, 3.V.2.3, 3.CX.1.2, 4.CX.1.1, 4.CX.1.4, Music: 4.MR.1.1-2, 4.CR.1.1, 5.CR.1.1, 8.CR.1.1, CCSS:ELA-Literacy: RL.4.1-4,W.4.3, W.4.9, W.5.3, W.8.3, CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.1-2

From Farm to Factory: Agriculture and Industry in North Carolina

For most of its history, North Carolina has had a predominantly rural economy. New technology that made farming more efficient also led to the growth of industry in the state. In recent years, the state’s economy has turned sharply away from agriculture. Learn the factors—who, what, where, when, and how—that contributed to the shift from farm to factory. Identify objects, analyze historical photographs, study geography, learn about life in a mill village, and learn the effects of child labor. With these factors, find the importance of technology today and in the future.

Social Studies Essential Standards: 3.H.1, 3.H.2, 3.G.1.2-6, 3.E.1.1, 3.E.2.2, 3.C&G.2.1, 3.C.1.1, 3.C.1.3 , 4.H.1.1, 4.H.1.3, 4.H.2, 4.G.1, 4.E.1.3, 4.E.1.4, 4.C.1.1, 5.H.1.2, 5.H.1.3, 5.H.2.3, 5.G.1.1-3, 5.E.1.2, 5.C.1.1-3, 8.H.1.1, 8.H.1.3, 8.H.2.1-2, 8.H.3, 8.C&G.2.2-3, 8.G.1, 8.C.1.1, 8.C.1.3

Colonial North Carolina

Geography played a major role in the settlement patterns of colonial North Carolina. Explore colonial family life and learn about the cultures of four groups that settled in the state’s three regions. Examine reproduction artifacts, play with toys, and listen to period music. Learn about clothing, housing, cooking, education, and trade. This project was made possible through the support of the North Carolina Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Social Studies Essential Standards: 3.H.1.2-3, 3.G.1.2-6, 3.E.1.1-2, C&G.2.1, C.1.1-2, 4.H.1.1, 4.H.1.3-4, 4.G.1.1, 4.G.1.3-4, 4.E.1.1-3, 4.C&G.1.3, 4.C.1.1-3, 5.H.1.2-3, 5.H.2.2-3, 5.G.1.1, 5.G.1.4, 5.E.1.1-2, 5.C.1.1-4; Music: 3.CR.1.1, 4.CR.1.1, 5.CR.1.1; Dance: 3.C.1.1, 4.C.1.1, 4.CP.1.3, 5.C.1.1, 5.CP.1.2

Everybody’s War: North Carolina and World War II

Everyday life changed during World War II as families were separated, food and goods were rationed, and travel and pleasure driving were curtailed. North Carolinians from the mountains to the coast helped the war effort by volunteering, salvaging, conserving, growing victory gardens, and buying war bonds. Use the scrapbook of memories, the stories of North Carolinians, objects, images, and words of the period to teach about the changes that this war brought to our state.

Social Studies Essential Standards: 8.H.1.1, 8.H.1.3, 8.H.1.5, 8.H.2, 8.H.3.3-4, 8.E.1.1, 8.G.1.1, 8.C&G: 1.4; American History II: AH2.H.1.1, AH2.H.1.3-4, AH2.H.2, AH2.H.4.1-2, AH2.H.6, AH2.H.7

Primarily North Carolina

What is the difference between a primary and a secondary source? Artifacts, photographs, and documents from North Carolina’s past help students explore the raw materials used to understand history. Discover what objects and spaces tell about life and society. Working with primary sources gives students skills and confidence in research, writing, and interpretation.

Social Studies Essential Standards: 3.H.1.1, 3.H.1.2, 3.H.2, 3.G.1.2, 3.G.1.4, 3.C&G.2.1, 3.C&G.2.3, 4.H.1.1, 4.H.1.3, 4.G.1.1, 4.G.1.4, 4.E.1.3, 5.H.1.2, 5.H.1.3, 5.H.2.2, 5.H.2.3, 5.C.1.4, 5.G.1.3, 8.H.1, 8.H.2.1, 8.H.2.2, 8.H.3.2, 8.H.3.3, 8.H.3.4, 8.G.1.1, 8.C&G.1.2, 8.C&G.1.4, 8.C&G.2.1, 8.C&G.2.3, 8.C.1.3

North Carolina from the Mountains to the Sea

Travel the state of North Carolina to discover its diverse geography, history, economy, traditions, and culture. Three History-in-a-Box kits with stories, maps, images, objects, and music engage students as they connect with their fascinating state and understand their sense of place. Funding for this project was provided by GlaxoSmithKline.

The Coastal Region: The Lost Colony, pirates, lighthouses, the land, and the sea are part of the Coastal Plain’s history. Discover the culture, traditions, and experiences that are unique to this part of North Carolina.

Social Studies Essential Standards: 3.H1, 3.H.2.1, 3.G.1.1, 3.G.1.2, 3.G.1.3, 3.G.1.4, 3.G.1.5, 3.E.1, 3.E.2.2, 3.C.1, 4.H.1, 4.H.2, 4.G.1.2, 4.G.1.3, 4.G.1.4, 4.E.1.2, 4.E.1.3, 4.C.1, 5.H.1, 5.H.2.2, 5.H.2.3, 5.G.1, 5.E.1.1, 5.C.1, 8.H.1.1, 8.H.1.2, 8.H.1.3, 8.H.1.4, 8.H.2.1, 8.H.2.2, 8.H.3.1, 8.H.3.2, 8.H.3.3, 8.G.1, 8.E.1.1, 8.C.1

The Piedmont Region: Farming, manufacturing, and education helped to build the Piedmont into the driving force it is today. This region is now the center of North Carolina’s government. Learn how economic and technological innovations have spurred the growth of the Piedmont.

Social Studies Essential Standards: 3.H.1, 3.H.2.1, 3.G.1, 3.E.1.2, 3.E.2, 3.C&G.1.1, 3.C&G.2.1, 3.C&G.2.2, 3.C.1.2, 4.H.1, 4.H.2.1, 4.G.1, 4.E.1.3, 4.E.1.4, 4.E.2, 4.C.1, 5.H.1, 5.H.2.2, 5.H.2.3, 5.G.1, 5.E.2.1, 5.C.1.1, 5.C.1.3, 5.C.1.4, 8.H.1.1, 8.H.1.3, 8.H.2.1, 8.H.2, 8.H.3, 8.G.1, 8.E.1.1, 8.E.1.3, 8.C&G.1.1, 8.C&G.1.3, 8.C&G.1.4, 8.C&G.2.1, 8.C.1

The Mountain Region: Difficult terrain once set the Mountain region apart—only American Indians and the hardiest settlers first made their homes there. Developments in transportation, first through railroads and later through highways, eventually connected the Mountains to the rest of the state. Explore the traditions, geography, and industry of this wonderful part of North Carolina.

Social Studies Essential Standards: 3.H.1, 3.H.2.1, 3.G.1.1, 3.G.1.2, 3.G.1.3, 3.G.1.4, 3.E.1.2, 3.E.2.2, 3.C&G.2.1, 3.C.1.1, 3.C.1.2, 4.H.1, 4.H.2, 4.G.1, 4.E.1.3, 4.E.1.4, 4.C.1, 4.C.1, 5.H.1.2, 5.H.1.3, 5.H.2.2, 5.H.2.3, 5.G.1.2, 5.G.1.3, 5.G.1.4, 5.C.1, 8.H.1.1, 8.H.1.3, 8.H.1.4, 8.H.2.1, 8.H.2.2, 8.H.3.1, 8.H.3.2, 8.H.3.3, 8.G.1, 8.C&G.1.4, 8.C&G.2.1, 8.C&G.2.2, 8.C&G.2.3, 8.C.1