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Hands-on History kits are a collection of primary source replicas such as  photographs, journals, military records, replica money and games from the time period of the kits. Kits include lesson plans and activities.

Circulation Policy

  • Kits may be borrowed for 6 weeks. They are renewable if no one is waiting in the holds queue.
  • Kits may be placed on hold and can be picked up at any branch.
  • All items are to be returned with the kit  

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Current Hands-on history kits


American Revolution: educational outreach kit

Image showing the contents of the Hands On History - American Revolution kit (as listed below)The American Revolution educational outreach kit is provided in partnership with the George Washington Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution. The kit is intended for use by educators for students grades 4 through high school.


  • Haversack
  • Replica colonial money, with description card
  • Early card games book
  • A deck of playing cards
  • A container of Dominoes
  • Three quills
  • Replica Declaration of Independence
  • A lesson plan binder with resources and activities


Civil War in Fairfax County: Sesquicentennial commemoration kit

photo of kit contentsIntended to introduce young people to the impact that the Civil War had on Fairfax County, the Sesquicentennial commemoration kit is for use by teachers and educators for students grades 4 through high school. Primary sources such as photographs, journals, military records, diary entries, and song lyrics are provided as well as several hands-on activities.


  • Haversack
  • Hard Tack
  • Bag of coffee beans
  • Wooden Pencil
  • Poke Sack
  • Tooth Powder Tin
  • Wooden comb
  • Shaving brush
  • Knife/spoon/fork combination
  • Tin Plate
  • Tin Cup
  • Tampion
  • Playing cards
  • A lesson plan binder with resources and activities
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