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Teaching Trunks

Illinois Holocaust Museum’s literature-based teaching trunk program provides K–12 educators with a wide array of resources for classrooms with units on character education, human rights, the Holocaust, and/or genocide. Each trunk allows educators to create meaningful age/grade-appropriate lessons employing award–winning fiction and nonfiction, historical references, and other educational materials. Each trunk has been carefully developed to address State and National Learning Standards, including Common Core State Standards. Teaching Trunks are provided free of charge.

We are offering both virtual and traveling teaching trunks during the 2022 – 2023 school year. The traveling teaching trunks will be available starting August 1, 2022. Virtual teaching trunks are available during the entire school year.

Virtual Teaching Trunks

Virtual trunks offer Holocaust and genocide curriculum in a 100% digital format, providing flexibility for those who are teaching remotely, in person, or in a hybrid model. Virtual teaching trunks include:

  • E-books and digital texts
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum developed films
  • Online lessons and activities
  • Digital “artefacts” to help students explore the stories of local Holocaust Survivors

Click the button below to view all available virtual teaching trunks.

Trunk Descriptions

The Museum offers teaching trunks for students of all ages covering a variety of subject matter. Click on the trunk below to learn more about its contents and theme.



Myself, My Community

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Our Town, Our Community

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Memory, History, Culture

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Survivor Stories: Holocaust Eyewitness Focused Mini-Trunks; Historical Perspectives through Different Voices; On Our Watch: Genocide and Human Rights; and Investigating Human Behavior

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Request a Teaching Trunk

In order to request a teaching trunk, please fill out the form linked below. Please note that schools who participate in our trunk program are required to provide Illinois Holocaust Museum with three forms of feedback:

  1. Letter of thanks to sponsor of trunk
  2. Student Evaluation Form
  3. Online Teacher Evaluation Form

Instructions and materials, including evaluation forms, will be sent with your trunk.

Program Supporters

PNC is the Presenting Sponsor of the Teaching Trunks program.

Additional supporters include: 

  • Bank of America
  • Sandra and Sy Chaba
  • Ian Frost and Patricia Marie Frost
  • Joan J. Golder
  • Philip and Bonnie Gorelick
  • Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation
  • J.P.Morgan Chase
  • Kraft Foods
  • Lavin Foundation
  • Motorola Foundation
  • RBC Wealth Management
  • Ruth Rosin
  • State Farm
  • Luis and Fortuna Spitz
  • Bruce and Elizabeth White
  • Carol Lavin Bernick Family Supporting Foundation

Educational services are supported with generous grants from:

  • Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
  • The Bill Bass Foundation
  • Dr. Scholl Foundation
  • Leah Gutman Education Fund
  • Niles Township Government
  • PNC
  • Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation
  • State Farm
  • The Duchossois Family Fund

Additional endowment support is provided by: 

  • The Mayor Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Education Fund
  • The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation Program Endowment Fund
  • Moselle Mintz Schwartz Education Fund
  • Barney & Anita Sidler Educational Endowment
  • Teachers Educational Endowment Fund
  • Lynn and Leo Wiznitzer Family

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