Following the health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, as issued by the Washington State Department of Health and the Governor's Office, and the resulting school closures, Washington State Historical Society has canceled History Box rentals through the remainder of the school year.
We thank you for your understanding and patience as our region works to limit the impacts of the pandemic. We look forward to sharing History Boxes in the 2020-21 school year.
If you have questions, please email Lead Programs Manager Molly Wilmoth at email@example.com.
Rental Fee: $35 for one week; $10 extra for each additional week.
Because these boxes contain artifacts, someone from your organization must come to the Museum to pick up the box and return it a minimum of 30 minutes before museum closure (5 pm). Pickup is unavailable on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Reserve your history box today. Reservations must be made two weeks in advance.
About Our History Boxes
Click the title of each box for a list of its contents.
From British Columbia to the mouth of the Columbia, many of Washington’s tribes share the same language. Learn about the culture and lifeways of native peoples like the Twana, Nisqually, and Puyallup from artworks, weavings, and raw materials.
The Frontier Towns box gives students a glimpse of what living on the Washington frontier was like. From trails to rails, your class will explore the Oregon Trail and pioneer life through maps, documents, cookbooks, artifacts and more!
Follow the footsteps of the Corps of Discovery as they travel west to the Pacific Ocean. Trade goods and explorers’ journals are among some of the items to be uncovered in the box about this historic journey.
Go beyond whaling headlines with your class to study the traditions and stories of the Makah people. A wolf mask, rattle, basket, and drum are among the objects used to share tribal culture in this history box.
How has life changed for women in Washington over the past century? Your class will delve into the rise of women's suffrage and the changing roles of women in the workplace and society. This box provides a number of standalone activities, artifacts, and media designed to introduce women's history to students.
Explore the historic interaction between the people of Washington and their ever-changing volcanic landscape. Developed in collaboration with Mount Rainier National Park and the United States Geological Survey, this box is a great way to integrate history, science and language arts in the study of Washington’s five volcanoes.