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School Programs

Artifact Trunk
Attention teachers! Bring the excitement of the Colorado Railroad Museum into your classroom with the Artifact Trunk! The trunk is available to teachers for a refundable deposit of $25.

Activities included are suitable for grades Pre-K to 6th and are inquiry-based and hands-on. You will amaze your students with a demonstration of a working steam engine or give them the chance to touch and use real railroad artifacts, such as a 100 year old conductor’s ticket punch. Students can try working on the railroad and signal Morse code on an actual telegraph key or pretend to be an early twentieth-century railroad passenger and select a meal from a hundred-year-old diner car menu. Teach your students about westward expansion and the Transcontinental Railroad and help them realize the significant role that railroads played in shaping Colorado and The West. Younger students can learn by dressing in costumes, hearing stories or singing railroad songs.

These and many more activities and objects are included in the Colorado Railroad Museum’s Artifact Trunk to help you facilitate learning and bring history to life in the classroom. Click here to view a complete list of the material included.

Contact the Colorado Railroad Museum’s Education Manager Carla Ahrenholtz at 720-274-5145 or carla@crrm.org, for more details or to reserve the Artifact Trunk.

Educational Outreach Program
The Colorado Railroad Museum now has an exciting educational presentation for elementary classes. The Museum provides a retired K-6 certified teacher to your school, along with display boards teaching about early Colorado railroading. The presentation includes a working telegraph and addresses fourth grade social studies benchmarks in the Colorado State standards for instruction on the history of Colorado.

The program can be adjusted to meet your classroom’s individual needs. From studying the impact of Chinese workers on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad to the impact of railroads on the economic development of early Colorado, we have a program perfect for your classroom or club. There is no additional charge for a customized presentation for your school.

Contact Colorado Railroad Museum Staff Member Steve Lee at 303-279-4591 or steve@crrm.org, for more details and to arrange for Hiram Wheeler or Otto Mears to visit your classroom.

Praise for Chautauqua Storyteller Steve Lee:
“Steve Lee, a retired Jeffco teacher, is in his element as he assumes the role of Hiram Wheeler, a fictitious railroad conductor with a 40-year career in Colorado from 1890-1930. Mr. Lee captivates his audience with his anecdotal storytelling making the history of the Colorado railroad come alive. His audience comes away entertained and with an appreciation for the importance the railroad played in Colorado’s history.” – Mary Ballenger, Instructional Coach/UCD, Site Coordinator, Thomson Elementary

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