suitcase presentations

hands on learning

Help students prepare for testing by using artifacts to understand the daily life and culture of different eras of local residents. Each presentation includes original and reproduction artifacts, images, maps, and activities for children to examine.

these free presentations are:

  • Led by a professional museum educator who comes to your school
  • Designed to help educators supplement classroom teaching
  • Available for scheduling year round
  • Adaptable for all ages

To Schedule a Presentation

Presentations are scheduled on a first come first served basis. The schedule books up quickly during the fall (September-November) and spring (April-May). Presentations can be done across multiple days to accommodate entire grade levels.

Traci Manning
Curator of Education
330-743-2589 x121

choose a topic

Pioneer Life
Second Grade and above – One Hour Long

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.

Artifacts include:

  • Maps
  • Household tools
  • Toys
  • Clothing
  • Images
Native Americans
Second grade and above  – one hour long

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.

Artifacts include:

  • Stone tools and hunting implements
  • Beaded clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Food and utensils
  • Games
Civil War Exploration
Eighth grade and above – one hour long
(can be adapted for younger grades)

Travel back to one of our nation’s most trying times. Students will explore five areas of Civil War history guided by a museum educator: slavery, soldier’s life, civilian life, politics, and the aftermath. Each station features local history stories, artifacts, images, maps, and much more.

Artifacts include:

  • Primary source images
  • Maps, documents, & letters
  • Newspaper articles
  • Reproduction clothing, tools, and accessories
The Underground Railroad
Eighth grade and above – one hour long 
(can be adapted for younger grades)

This program highlights the region’s important influence during the early and mid-19th century. A museum educator will introduce students to area leaders, politicians, and abolitionists along with those risking everything to find freedom from slavery. This program features a PowerPoint slide show presentation and interactive primary source elements.

Artifacts include:

  • Primary source images
  • maps
  • posters, and propaganda
A Journey through Local Industry
Fourth Grade and above  – one hour long.

The Mahoning Valley has been shaped by more than 200 years of industry, from the earliest grist mills and iron furnaces to the massive steel mills that helped to build the nation. Students will travel through this timeline, exploring primary source images, newspaper articles, videos, maps, and other documents.

Artifacts include:

  • Primary source images
  • Maps
  • Documents
  • Letters
  • Newspaper articles
An Old Fashioned School Day
Second grade and above – one hour long

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!

Artifacts include:

  • Slates
  • School books
  • Quills
  • Toys
  • Images
Pre-K through First Grade – 45 minutes long.

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.

call 330-743-2589 to schedule