Museum Modules


Implement or adapt these free digital resources for your classroom. Modules include lesson plans, images, and content to engage students.  Dress and adornment create accessible portals to culture and community as well as historical and contemporary identity (see The Journal of Folklore and Education. Vol. 1 for more activities and context on this theme). The images made available by our museum partners bring the museum collection to the classroom and offer new ways to think about history, identity, art, and culture.

Exploring Dress, Culture, and Identity in Asian Artasian1
Asian Arts & Culture Center, Towson University, Towson, Maryland

What can art objects from distant times and places express about the identity of the people and the cultures depicted in them?

Culture, and Identity in American Indian Objects and DressExploring Dress, Culture, and Identity in American Indian Objects and Dress
Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson

How would you feel if someone (outside your identity group) used your identity design references in a clothing line? What might change how you feel about this use?

hat1Lau Hala Weaving and Hawai’ian Cultural Identity
Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing

How is the weaving and wearing of lau hala papale (hats) connected to Hawai’ian history, identity, natural resources, and culture?

About the Museum Modules

Local Learning invited distinguished museum educators to create online learning modules in conjunction with our first volume of the Journal of Folklore and Education to expand on the theme “Dress to Express: Exploring Culture and Identity.” Because dress and adornment carry such deep, complex meaning, they present exciting opportunities for learning across disciplines and age groups.

Many types of museums include items and images of clothing and adornment in their collections, so we invite users to build on our modules by calling upon local museums and historical societies to help students encounter artifacts of dress and adornment firsthand.

Exciting articles and classroom applications also await you in Volume I of the Journal of Folklore and Education. Download and let us know how you are using this evocative theme in your teaching. Email us at pbbowman (at) or rathje.lisa (at) with your stories.

The Local Learning Museum Modules are supported in part with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and our partners: Joanna Pecore at Towson University, Lisa Falk at Arizona State Museum, and Marsha MacDowell at Michigan State University Museum.