Vintage Folkpatterns Activities Suitcase #2

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Vintage Folkpatterns Activities Suitcase #2

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  • In 1978, the Michigan State University Museum and Michigan 4-H Youth Development teamed together to develop Folk-patterns, a program to engage youth across the state of Michigan in cultural heritage educational activities. With support from National Endowment for the Humanities grants, 4-H education and museum-based humanities specialists, along with youth advisors and community-based volunteer leaders, planned and implemented an array of programs, publications, and events that have engaged thousands of youth and their adult leaders in investigations of personal, family, and community histories and folk traditions.
  • This suitcase is an embodiment of that program, and is filled with a variety of books, activities, games, and much more.
  • The case was originally meant to be used by an adult (as a guide) with a group of children, in an effort to teach and enjoy the vastness of our cultural world.
  • Within the plastic and metal rivetted case, you will find an itemized contents list, 6 boxes of items & activities, 2 folders of crafts & informational booklets, 6 books/binders of supplemental information, and a 46 slide carousel of images (see pictures).
  • This suitcase is a dream come true for an amateur anthropologist, although it takes no prior knowledge to dive into this time capsule of cultural heritage.
  • Purchasers may also decide to simply use the box for its intended purpose, which will certainly only bring a joyous and informative time.
  • The program was started in 1978, but this particular case has elements from between the dates of 1978-1983.


  • 24.5" Width
  • 14" Depth
  • 7.25 Height


  • Item is used and in acceptable condition
  • Many of the boxes have been reinforced with packaging tape and electrical tape, although many of these repairs appear contemporary to the item
  • Many of the activities have been used by previous children, and show signs of wear, but none are broken
  • Minor tears and creases throughout
  • Suitcase reflects a small amount of use, with some paint rubbed off and very minor rust spots
  • Suitcase is missing one 8' jump rope, one duck call, and one of the transport straps 
SKU: 101464_OL-2315
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