Suitcase Presentations


Let us bring the museum to you with our traveling suitcases. These interactive presentations examine the history and culture of the Mahoning Valley. Each presentation includes original and reproduction artifacts, images, maps, and activities for children to examine.  

Presentations are:

  • Led by a professional museum educator who comes to your school
  • Designed to help educators supplement classroom teaching
  • Help students prepare for testing by using artifacts to understand the daily life and culture of different eras of local residents
  • Available for scheduling year round
  • Adaptable for all ages
  • Free!

Native American Suitcase

Learn about the earliest inhabitants of the Mahoning Valley! A museum educator presents hands-on artifacts relating to the culture and daily lives of the Eastern Woodland Indians who occupied the Mahoning Valley. This program is best suited for Second Grade and above and is one hour long.

Artifacts include:

  • Stone tools and hunting implements
  • Beaded clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Food and utensils
  • Games

Pioneer Life Suitcase

Explore the Ohio Frontier!  A museum educator presents historical information and stories relating to the lives of the early pioneers who settled in the Mahoning Valley between 1796 and 1830.  This program is best suited for Second Grade and above and is one hour long.

Artifacts include: 

  • Maps
  • Household tools
  • Lighting equipment
  • Toys
  • Clothing
  • Images

Old Fashioned School Day

Turn your classroom into a one room schoolhouse! A museum educator presents historical information and stories about school in the 19th Century complete with McGuffey Readers, slates, and quills!  This program is best suited for Second Grade and above and is one hour long.

Artifacts include: 

  • Slates
  • School books
  • Quills
  • Toys
  • Images

Story Telling

Bring history to life with your students!  MVHS has a wonderful historical children’s library and we’d be happy to tailor a story telling program for your class.  Just let us know what you are learning about and we will organize a program complete with activities and lessons.  This program is best suited for Pre-K through First Grade and is 45 minutes long.