Education Outreach

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Bring a piece of the History Museum on the Square to you with our Education Outreach opportunities!

Education Trunks

The Education Trunk Program provides local students and community groups the opportunity to experience Springfield and Greene County history through hands-on reproduction items, primary source material, and other learning aids. Currently the History Museum on the Square has seven trunks available for rent, covering a wide variety of topics and aligning with Missouri learning standards. In each trunk, Springfield and Greene County history is exhibited along with general social or cultural history of the time to provide more context. The trunk’s contents make the history tangible. Trunk contents may include clothing, household items, tools, animal pelts, toys, etc. This program can be presented by the teacher renting the trunk or scheduled as an Education Presentation led by a museum educator from the History Museum on the Square.

Teachers renting an Education Trunk will set-up a time to pick up the trunk from the History Museum on the Square and drop it off when the rental is complete. A standard Education Trunk rental lasts three days but can be extended for an additional fee.

Education Trunks

Trunk Rental (3 days)

Daily Rental Extension



Education Presentations

Education Presentations are incredible opportunities to bring the museum to you! Museum educators come to your classroom or gathering with photographs, stories, and reproduction artifacts to tell local and state history. These engaging presentations take place in a “show and tell” format with items passed among participants or set out for interacting after the presentation. Presentations last approximately 45 minutes.

Presentation topics follow those of our Education Trunks, but if you are interested in exploring additional topics, please inquire with the History Museum on the Square.

Education Presentations


Add'l Mileage Fee (25+ miles away)

Same-day each add'l presentation




To learn more about our Education Trunks and Presentations, call 417-831-1976 or send an email to To request an Education Trunk or Presentation, fill out the Education Outreach Reservation Form. We will contact you within two business days to follow up on or confirm your reservation.

Education Trunk and Presentation Themes

Lessons in local history are presented as a hands-on experience featuring tactile learning aids and artifacts for students and community groups alike. These themes are available as either Education Trunks or Presentations.

Early Native Americans

Featuring projectile points, animal pelts, buffalo horns, and trade blankets, this assortment of hands-on items encourages participants to explore the culture and learn how Missouri's native inhabitants lived. This collection has various artifacts and documents connected to the early Native Americans who lived and migrated throughout Missouri.

Grade Levels: 1st Grade and up


Osage Culture

The longest inhabitant tribe in recorded Missouri history is the theme of this collection of Osage artifacts and documents. Featuring linguistic activities, song and dance material, clothing, and rawhide drums, the variety of items allows participants to look into the lives of the Osage people.

Grade Levels: 1st Grade and up


The Lewis & Clark Expedition

This collection contains various artifact reproductions and documents about the famous Corps of Discovery's journey to the Pacific Coast, including pipe hawks, the Jefferson Peace Medal, and more. Featuring Native American trade goods, tools, and utensils used by the Exhibition to help participants gain a broader understanding of the challenging 1803 expedition of Lewis & Clark.

Grade Levels: 3rd Grade and up


Pioneer Experience

Featuring period clothing, cooking utensils, household items, and toys that were common among early pioneers, this collection tells the story of the first settlers in this Missouri region. Looking into life during the early 1800s provides a better understanding of the pioneer experience.

Grade Levels: 2nd Grade and up


Civil War in Springfield

This collection offers a wide variety of artifacts and documents explaining Missouri's involvement in the Civil War. Featuring Union uniforms, soldier's accoutrements, and personal memoirs, this content sheds light on the role Missouri played throughout the Civil War.

Grade Levels: 4th Grade and up


African American Heritage

With the help of local African American leaders who serve on the museum’s African American Heritage Advisory Board, this trunk appropriately and thoughtfully addresses the African American heritage of southwest Missouri. It shares the history of African Americans dating back to pioneer times, important events, and people who made their mark in Springfield. This trunk was made possible by grant funding from the Missouri Humanities Council’s African American Heritage Grant Program.

Grade Levels: 4th Grade and up

World War II

Featuring U.S. Army and German mess kits, military uniforms, U.S. Military patches, recruitment posters, and more, this collection helps the audience better understand what life was like, both at home and abroad, during World War II.

Grade Levels: 4th Grade and up