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IMG_0080Climate and geography have affected the lives of Mississippians dramatically throughout history. The Built for Comfort: The Manship House Traveling Trunk compares modern methods of climate control to those employed during the nineteenth century.  Supplementary materials on design and architecture are a special added feature to this trunk!

With this trunk students will have an opportunity to

  • Examine historical and modern maps of the geographical regions of Mississippi
  • Graph weather patterns
  • Compare the changes of geographical details using old photographs of the Manship House with those of the site today
  • Identify key design and architectural elements of nineteenth century architecture

A teacher’s notebook and material list is included in the trunk. This trunk is organized as a three-day unit but teachers are encouraged to organize, revise, and adapt its contents to best fit the needs of their students.

Day One

In the first lesson students explore how climate affects everyday life through a study of the ten geographical regions of Mississippi and by graphing weather patterns.

Day Two

The second lesson focuses on objects and documents in the trunk related to weather and the environment. Students form small groups, analyze these materials, and then report their findings to the class.

Day Three

Students compare and contrast three maps of Mississippi during three different time periods that display the geographical regions, railroads, and interstate systems. Students will explore the methods the Manship family employed to survive Mississippi summers before electricity and air conditioning.

Supplemental materials include Walk Around the Block, a sourcebook of activities to help students gather clues about the history of their own neighborhoods; Under Every Roof, a field guide to architecture written especially for children; and Structural Design Challenges, a book of design technology activities.

Trunk Competencies Chart

Contents of Trunk

Trunk Weight and Dimensions

  • Weight: 26 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 9” (h) x 23” (w) x 30” (l)

To learn more about the Traveling Trunk Lending Policies and Procedures, the content of specific trunks, or to book a trunk, please contact:

Outreach Programs Coordinator
Programs and Communication, MDAH
P.O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205-0571
Phone: 601-576-6997