Case Histories

Museum in a Box

Designed to enhance Ohio’s Social Studies Academic Content standards, the Museum in a Box program is targeted for students at the elementary and middle school grade levels.  All resource kits include objects and images that relate to Ohio’s unique history. These objects are provided to inspire creative use in the classroom and are meant to encourage the application of 21st Century Skills to history and social studies curriculum.  Each of these kits provides tools and information for educators to use in the classroom to supplement and enhance their regular curriculum. 

Useful Information:


The fee for each resource kit is $40, which covers program administration and maintenance

  • This includes shipment to your school, library or organization
  • Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the borrower

Rental Period:

The rental period of each resource kit is two weeks

  • Rental periods begin on Mondays (please select a Monday to begin your rental period when ordering)
  • Your kit will be shipped to you the week before to ensure that it arrives by the start of your rental period

How Do I Order?

Resource kits must be reserved at least two weeks before the desired rental period to ensure availability

  • All kits must be requested using the online request form

How Do I Pay?

  • Once your request is received an online payment link will be sent to you via email within three business days
  • All kits must be paid for online by debit or credit card prior to shipment
  • No other form of payment will be accepted

 For additional information please contact Becki Trivison at


Life of a Civil War Soldier - $40
Life of a Civil War Soldier - $40

Ohio played a major role in the Civil War by providing military officers, raising troops, and contributing supplies through local sanitary commissions. Out of all the Union States, Ohio ranked third in the number of volunteer soldiers, sending to war 320,000 soldiers like Henry Otis Dwight, who served in the 20th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. This resource kit contains items that a Union soldier would have carried with him every day as well as the drawings that were done by Henry Otis Dwight in the Union camps.

Content Statements

This resource kit will meet content statements for the following grades:

K- 2, 3

Grade One- 2

Grade Two- 4

Grade Three- 2, 5

Grade Four- 2

Grade Eight- 1

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This Kit Includes:

·         Union Officer’s “Shell Jacket”

·         M-1855 Cartridge Box

·         Civil War Playing Cards

·         Housewife

·         Wood Toothbrush

·         Beeswax Candles

·         Soldier’s Handbook

·         Hardees Infantry CD

·         Wallet

·         Tintypes

·         Civil War Trade Tokens

·         Union and Confederacy Paper Currency

·         Pencils

·         Recruiting Posters

·         U.S. Tarred Haversack

·         Tin Cup, Mess Plate, and Silverware

·         Hardtack Cutter

·         Four Year’s Relics (book)

Underground Railroad - $40
Underground Railroad - $40

Many of the routes that led escaping slaves to freedom passed through Ohio.  This resource kit explores the Underground Railroad, which helped move thousands of slaves to freedom.  In this kit, students will explore the stories of those who escaped and those who helped the fleeing slaves.  Students will learn about these key historical figures by examining a variety of narratives and artifacts 

Content Statements

This resource kit will meet content statements for the following grades:

K- 2, 6

Grade One- 2, 4, 6, 8

Grade Two- 2, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12

Grade Three- 2, 4, 7, 8, 9

Grade Four- 2, 7, 9, 11, 13

Grade Eight- 1, 10, 11, 13, 16


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This Kit Includes:

·         Tin Lantern

·         Shackles

·         Cotton Bolls

·         Fabric Pieces

·         Rag Doll

·         Topsy Turvey Doll

·         Freedom Light: Underground Railroad Stories from Ripley, Ohio

·         Freedom River

·         Map of Ohio’s Underground Trail

·         Map of Slave Escape Routes to Free Territories

·         Reward Broadsides

·         Fugitive Slave Bill Broadside

·         Darling Nelly Gray Sheet Music

·         Reverend and Mrs. John Rankin Portrait

·         Am I Not a Man and a Brother?

·         Emancipation Deed of Mary King

·         Free Papers of John Williams and Betsy Evans

·         The Oberlin Rescuers

Pioneer Life - $40
Pioneer Life - $40

The items in this case examine the beginnings of the legal settlement in Ohio from 1787 to the end of the frontier period in the 1830s.  In a short period of time these settlers established a stable society and economy in Ohio that included flourishing farms and prosperous towns.  The objects in this case will help students appreciate the challenges and experiences of the daily life of frontier family.

Content Statements

This resource kit will meet content statements for the following grades:

K- 2, 3, 6, 7

Grade One- 2, 3, 4, 6, 12, 13

Grade Two- 2, 5, 6

Grade Three- 2, 3, 4, 5

Grade Four- 2, 3, 9, 11

Grade Eight- 1, 2, 10, 15

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This Kit Includes:

·         Ox Shoes

·         Betty Lamp

·         Powder Horn

·         Whisk and Pick

·         Quilt Block

·         Haversack

·         1787 Map of Ohio

·         1804 Map of Ohio

·         Snider Letter

·         Travel Journal Pages 1-4

·         Eliza Tucker Recipe Book

·         Ohio Company Notice

·         The Centennial Newspaper

·         Cup and Ball Game

·         Wind-up Top Game

·         Jacob’s Ladder Game

·         The Game of Graces

·         Rag Doll

·         Tinderbox with Flint

·         Wooden Bowl and Tin Cup

·         Cloth Samples

·         Cone of Sugar

·         Wood Carding Combs

·         Bag of Wool

·         Slate and pencils

First Ohioans - $40
First Ohioans - $40

This case provides information about Ohio's pre-contact cultures from 13,000 BCE to 1650 CE.  Students will learn about the daily lives of the groups of people who inhabited the Ohio Valley and will discover the location of their settlements and the earthworks that were left behind.  Because their information was not written down archaeologists have used evidence from the past to determine their way of life.   This evidence tells us that these were complex societies who sometimes migrated great distances for food and traded items from faraway places.

Content Statements

This resource kit will meet content statements for the following grades:

K- 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

Grade One- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13

Grade Two- 1, 2, 5, 8, 9

Grade Three- 2, 6

Grade Four- 1, 2, 3, 12, 22

Grade Five- 2, 7


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This Kit Includes:

·         Ancient Ohio Art Series (series of six paintings)

·         Hopewell Interaction Sphere map

·         Squire & Davis maps

·         Ancient Ohio timeline

·         In Search of the Great Hopewell Road (DVD)

·         Adena effigy pipe

·         Hopewell shaman figurine

·         Gourd Bowl

·         Discoidal

·         Shell hoe

·         Antler flaking tool

·         Bone awl

·         Pottery shard

·         Hand axe

·         Stone celt

·         Stone pestle

·         Animal effigy Pipe

·         Textile sample

·         Flint core and preform

·         Spear points


Ohio Transportation - Coming Soon
Tribes of the Ohio River Valley- $40

In this kit, students will learn about the historic Indian tribes of the Ohio River Valley and Lake Erie watershed from 1650 to the federal Indian Removal Act of 1830.  Students will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of objects that reflect the daily life, trade, cultural and religious aspects of various historic tribes in Ohio.   

Content Statements

This resource kit will meet content statements for the following grades:

K: 1, 3, 4

Grade One:  2, 6, 7, 13

Grade Two:  2, 8, 9, 11

Grade Three:  2, 5, 8

Grade Four:  2, 3, 6

Grade Five:  3, 8, 10

Grade Eight:  1, 2, 10, 16    


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This Kit Includes:

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Path to Statehood (featuring the Founding Documents) - Coming Soon