Treasure Box Kits


Bring history to life with an Eastside Heritage Center Treasure box kit! Each kit includes artifacts, photographs, literature, and suggested activities. A great enrichment for all ages!  

FEE: $50 per kit for two weeks + Tax. $10 each additional week. Renters are responsible for pick up and return of kits to Eastside Heritage Center offices in Bellevue.

For reservations, contact EHC Education Coordinator at 425-450-1049 or email

Eastside coal mining history

Includes artifacts, activities, photographs, video and literature. Developed in 1997 in partnership with Lake Washington School District's Ben Rush Elementary School students and teachers. Suggested for Grade 4. 

eastside schools

Focuses on the history of schools in Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond. Includes teacher/student versions of the story "The Little Red Schoolhouse" (the oldest schoolhouse building in Bellevue that has since burned), photographs, activities, background information and students' artwork. Developed in 1998 in partnership with Bellevue School District's Ardmore Elementary School teachers and students. Suggested for Grade 2. 

from a through z

Contains historical and modern artifacts that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Includes a descriptive card for each item, activities that promote an understanding of historical collections and involve users in the process of exhibit development. 

Kitchens Then and Now

Users can compare current and historic kitchen utensils and recipes as they discover how these have changed over time. Includes background information, photos and suggested activities. 


Logging, blacksmithing, shoemaking and measuring tools are featured in this kit that represents occupations of early days on the Eastside. Includes artifacts, photos, stories and interactive activities. 

local salish life

This kit includes Local Salish Native American stories, audiotapes, games, artifacts, background information packet and suggested activities. Developed in partnership with Bellevue School District's Ardmore Elementary School teachers and students in 1998. Suggested for grade 4. 

life in early washington state

Depicts the life of a young girl in the late 1880's and early 1900's. Includes school lesson plans, slate, dresses, shoes, games and photographs. 

strawberry fields forever: "bellevue Changes"

Materials include resource books and primary source documents for each decade beginning with the 1930s through to the 2000s. By analyzing these historic materials, students will learn about the transformation of a farming community into an urban city, the creation and growth of city government, and Bellevue’s social and economic changes over time. This project was developed in 2007 as a partnership between Bellevue Public Schools and Eastside Heritage Center and funded with a 4Culture Education Grant. 

Optional 45 minute Classroom Presentations are available with Treasure Boxes.

FEE (in addition to TB rental fee): $50 per presentation (Per class 20 - 25)

Optional (2 hour maximum) Field Trips are available with selected Treasure Boxes (see 'FT' designation). Your group supplies bus.

FEE (in addition to TB rental fee): $75 per group (15 max) + Tax.


*These treasure boxes and programs are grant projects supported by 4 Culture Program and King County Hotel/Motel Tax Revenues.