The Mission Inn is soft launching two traveling trunks in 2022 through the generous support of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. The trunks are designed to assist teachers in highlighting the local history of Riverside and the Mission Inn and feature all the materials to complete two lesson plans aimed at 3rd,4th, and 5th grade. Through our object based lesson plan, students will interact with artifacts from the Mission Inn’s 100 years of operation and use critical thinking to determine their use. The second lesson plan connects and contrasts the local history of Riverside and life of Mission Inn founder Frank Miller with American history. Reserve your traveling trunk through this online form.

Combine your traveling trunk with a field trip to the Mission Inn. More information available here. 

These trunks are available for free to all schools or educational institutions within Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Jurupa Valley for two week periods. You are encouraged to pick-up the trunk at the Mission Inn Museum, but the trunk can be dropped-off free of charge. 

The trunks include

  • Two comprehensive lesson plans with all materials provided
  • Five objects including a printing press kit, early 1900’s addition machine, and 1920’s Mission Inn menu for students to interpret their use within the operation of the Mission Inn
  • Timeline cards based on the history of Riverside

Use this form to sign-up for the Traveling Trunks. Each trunk is easily transported with wheels. The specifics of each trunk are below.


15.75 inches


12.25 inches


30 inches


Approximately 30 pounds


Trunks are usually available in two week periods, but can allow flexibility if the schedule allows. Trunks are usually picked-up/dropped off on Monday and pick-up/dropped off on the Friday of the second week, but this may vary based on availability. Please note, the Traveling Trunks are lent on a first come-first served basis.

Reserve your traveling trunk through this online form.