Educational and Classroom Resources Catalog

Education is the primary goal of the Schingoethe Center. Several forms of educational resources help us share knowledge of Native American Culture with the public.

  • Discovery Boxes: 
    These are portable containers that include educational artifacts, background material, and suggested activities on  topics of Native American culture. Schools and other educational organizations may check out Discovery Boxes for a two-week period for a fee of $10.00 per box (except for Dwellings boxes which are $20 per box). Because of the popularity of Discovery boxes, schools may check out a maximum of five boxes at a time. To schedule a Discovery Box, call 630-844-7843, or click here to go to the Online Order Form.
  • Educational Videos and Audio-Visual Materials: 
    The Center maintains an extensive school film lending library. Because most videos are single copies we restrict borrowing to school groups and other educational organizations. There is a $3.00 handling charge per video. They may be borrowed for two weeks.
  • Traveling Exhibits:  
    Four different traveling exhibits are available for use in schools and other educational venues. They are framed and ready to hang, fitted with Plexiglas for safety. The borrowing fee is $50.00 per month, except for the large "Native Peoples of Illinois" exhibit, which is $100 per month.

Catalog of Educational Resources

Just click on any of the links below to see full descriptions of these educational resources. Or, click here to view, download, or print the Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version of our educational resources catalog. Adobe Acrobat Reader required.

By Culture Area:

Mixed Topics, Multiple Culture Areas:

Traveling Exhibits

Handsome, ready-to-hang exhibits on both contemporary and historical aspects of Native American Culture

To Reserve Educational Materials

Click here to go to the online form to reserve Discovery Boxes or audio-visual materials or to make arrangements for a guided tour of the museum.

Resource Webpages on this Site

For several of our exhibits and programs we have developed pages on this site that provide further information or links to sources of information:

  • The World of the Kachina: Additional material and links related to the display "The World of the Kachina," in the Nizhoni Gallery of the Musuem.
  • Another approach to Columbus Day: What was the early contact between Europeans and Native Americans really like? This page provides some background information, and links to many sources related to early contact.