Trunk Shows

Museum Center Trunk Shows are interactive museum experiences that are mobile and come to your classroom. The trunks feature object lessons, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and more. Trunk show themes include:

  • Revolutionary War (DAR)

  • The Civil War

  • World World I

  • World War II (DAR, American Legion)

  • The Cherokee             

  • Home and Farm                     

  • Local Government

  • Recycling (CBKAB)          

*Trunk Shows are FREE for Bradley County, Cleveland City, and Polk County Schools and can be done either in your classroom or on site at the Museum Center. 

Field Trips

A Museum visit engages students with local artifacts and programming that tell the story of our region. Through hands-on learning, students can look to the past and make our history come alive. We offer a variety of primary sources that help meet TN social studies standards in your classroom.

Field trips are broken into three parts, where students are able to experience several interactive stations.

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Permanent & Temporary Exhibits

  • Learn about the people that developed our region through our “River of Time” exhibit by viewing the history of the Ocoee region from Cherokee settlement to present day. 

  • Enjoy our rotating exhibit area and its corresponding programming.

Story Telling

Learn about the people of our past through traditional Cherokee & Jack Tales featuring the Cleveland Story Telling Guild.

Crafts & Games

Get hands-on with activities related to the exhibit tour. During school tours, we like to include a craft that relates to our regional history. Some of our activities include, but are not limited to:

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  • Appalachian Toys: Rag Dolls & Buzz Saws

  • Civil War Berry Ink

  • Make Your Quilt Story

  • What’s In Your Wagon?

  • Design Your Own Recruiting Poster/ Medal of Honor

  • “Chunky” A Cherokee Game

  • Paper WWI Remembrance Poppy

  • Recycled Sculptures

Our Crafts & Games section may be catered towards your classroom curriculum.