Built For Comfort: The Manship House Traveling Trunk

Climate and geography have affected the lives of Mississippians dramatically throughout history. Built for Comfort: The Manship House Traveling Trunk compares modern methods of climate control to those employed during the nineteenth century. Architecture and design materials are an added feature of 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.

Reserve a Trunk

For questions about the Traveling Trunk Lending Policies and Procedures or the content of a specific trunk, contact our Outreach Programs Coordinator at 601-576-6997 or outreachprograms@mdah.ms.gov.

Trunk Weight and Dimensions

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

A detailed list of the traveling trunk materials is available here.

Day One

Explore how climate affects everyday life through a study of the ten geographical regions of Mississippi and by graphing weather patterns.

Day Two

Examine and analyze objects and documents in the trunk related to weather and the environment. 

Form small groups, analyze these materials, and then report findings to the class.

Day Three

Compare and contrast three maps of Mississippi during three different time periods that display the geographical regions, railroads, and interstate systems. 

Explore methods the Manship family used to survive Mississippi summers before electricity and air conditioning.


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