Daily Life on the Tennessee Frontier

Grades: 2-5

How did people on the Tennessee frontier get their clothes?  They made them from scratch!  In this trunk, several hands-on activities will challenge students to compare contemporary American life, with its modern conveniences, to the hardships experienced by people who settled the frontier during America's western expansion.

Through hands-on learning your students will learn the long process it took for people to make their own clothes. From growing cotton and flax to shearing sheep for wool, your students will learn about natural dyes, spinning fiber into thread, and weaving thread into fabric. Also included will be frontier games and items to create a then and now museum exhibit using the hands-on materials. 

Trunk Highlights Include:

  • Raw cotton, flax, and wool
  • Chamber pot
  • Animal skins
  • Moccasins
  • Frontier-styled clothes for boys and girls
  • Frontier games

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Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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