Make your classroom come to life with primary source documents and reproductions of items from the Historical Association’s collection.
Discover another Time
Grind acorns with a mortar and pestle, feel animal skins and play a game of chance. The trunk includes maps, photographs, music, a video, and resource books.
Gold! 1848-1849 Backpack
Strike it rich! Explore the gold fields through the journal of W.D.M. Howard, a San Mateo County resident. The “Miner’s Backpack” also includes gold pans, newspapers, letters, and photographs.
Created for the 250th Anniversary of Gaspar de Portolá’s Expedition. Write with a quill pen, feel animals skins and use a sundial and spyglass! Learn about the lives of Spanish explorers in Alta California during the 18th century and the impact of this exploration on the Ohlone population.
This traveling trunks explores the different immigrant groups who came to San Mateo County through photographs, maps, resource books and immigrant stories.
Turn of the Century, c. 1900 Trunk
Use an iron, wear a paper collar, and make your own stereoviews for the stereoscope. The suitcase features photographs, newspapers, and journal reproductions.