Education Trunks

Want to provide an enriching supplement for your students on your own schedule? Education trunks can be rented from the Manassas Museum. Check out our traveling trunks, complete with teacher's guides and hands-on materials. Trunks are available on a first come, first served basis. The following newly redesigned trunks are available:  

Manassas Industrial School
Jennie Dean
This trunk introduces students to Jennie Dean and the history of the Manassas Industrial School for Colored Youth, founded by Dean in 1893. Contents include objects representing different subjects taught at the school, documents and photographs related to the school’s history, and a book on Jennie Dean’s life.

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Colonial Life

This trunk introduces students to life in Virginia during the Colonial era, with a primary focus on the eighteenth century. Contents include period clothing, games and toys, money, and documents, as well as reference and activity books.

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Native American
This trunk introduces students to life in an Early Woodlands community, with an emphasis on the relationship between early Native Americans and their environment. Contents include animal skins, clothing, and replica tools as well as early maps and drawings created at the time of European contact.

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Past and Present

This trunk contains artifacts and photographs that will help introduce students to basic concepts of history and the past. Contents include a stereoscope, period clothing and tools, toys and games, and photographs of early Manassas. 

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Civil War Trunk

This trunk introduces students to life during the Civil War, with a focus on the area in and around Manassas Junction. Contents include period clothing, a soldier’s knapsack and haversack, Union and Confederate money, photographs, a copy of the 1860 census, instructions for making a cipher wheel, and activity books.


Education Trunks are free for Manassas City Schools, other schools are $40.00 per week or $65.00 for two weeks.

Please email Victoria Liantonio at to reserve your trunk.

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