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I hope our Artifact Box family is doing well. The Artifact Box has been slumbering. We have been trying to hunker down and survive like all of you. I did have COVID this fall, and am finally getting stronger. Like me, Artifact Box seems to have survived 2020.

We are in the process of revising our guide and procedures for Fall, 2021. We want to align our work with more recent place-based education strategies and provide some hybrid opportunities for fall 2021. If you have any thoughts, please send them to us.

We are sending out notices to past participants in December. If you have participated in the past, you may join us for the spring, 2021 with the same guidelines and procedures as the past. We don't know how many will participate, so we cannot guarantee any specific exchanges or even grade levels.



The Artifact Box Exchange is a project to help students learn more about their city, state, and region in the context of a simulation that focuses on developing creativity and research skills.

Each participating classroom spends several weeks in the fall or spring working with all available references to create a mystery box of artifacts representative of their city, state, and region based on 25 suggestions from the Artifact Box Teacher's Guide. Each class becomes expert on the history and nature of their towns and regions. They must also engage their creativity to display the clues to their area. The receiving classroom must solve the mystery box and identify the location of the sending classroom using research and reference skills.


Identify the location of this photo....


The prior locations have been identified (see below), so we are searching for a new photo

If you have a picture of some outstanding statue, historical marker, manmade attraction, natural structure, or another recognizable landmark that identifies a city or town, send it to me. If we use it, you will get a free registration.




OLD Photos

Wind Chimes

Kim Ayres from Rio Rancho, NM identified this as the World Largest Wind Chimes in Casey, IL.


Jana Shay of Grand Forks, ND identified this photo as Man O' War in Lexington KY.


Jennifer Bailiff correctly placed this statue in Great Barrington MA


Carol Micke (Webb City, MO) correctly placed this statue in Ashmore, IL

Karen Grantham (Keller, TX) correctly placed this statue of Vulcan in Birmingham, AL

Leigh Stovall (Birmingham, AL) correctly placed these statues in Indianapolis






last revised 3/12/11