In conjunction with the field trip program, the Director of Social Studies is in support of a museum program called the “Duffle Bag Program.”  This program is used as a supplement to the classroom when studying World War I, World War II, Korean War or Vietnam War and is available to schools in Pinellas County and parts of Hillsborough County.  The duffle bags were developed as part of the museum’s mission to educate students, in addition to commemorate, acknowledge and affirm the role played by veterans in America’s military.

The duffle bags offer fifth through twelfth grade students hands on experience with authentic artifacts.   As an example, in the World War I duffle bag, an Army Ammo Belt has been included along with accoutrements such as a signal flag and a Brodie helmet.   Additional items – such as photographs of family members, letters, and unit photographs – may also be included to further illustrate the life of the soldier.

Reserve a Duffle Bag

Free of charge, teachers and homeschoolers in the area are able to incorporate these items into their lesson plan.  Each bag is accompanied by a DVD, book(s) and a descriptive explanation of the items and the era they represent.   The duffle bags can be reserved on a two-week basis.  If you are interested in collaborating with other teachers in your building and want to extend the loan period, arrangements can be made.  Schools will be responsible for paying a replacement fee if any item is lost or stolen.

To view a PDF version of the curriculum that accompanies each bag, including a list of items in the corresponding bag, click on a link below:

World War I/Bag 1               World War I/Bag 2

World War II/Bag 1             World War II/Bag 2

 Korean War/Bag 1               Korean War/Bag 2

Vietnam/Bag 1                        Vietnam/Bag 2

For more information about AFHMs Duffle Bag Program, email Kathy Weed, Sales Coordinator  kathy@armedforcesmuseum.com or call (727) 539-8371 ext. 110



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