Becoming the United States: Colonial America to Reconstruction

Becoming the United States is our first exhibition designed especially for upper elementary school students. It explores individuals, groups, and documents that have contributed to who we are as a country. Aligning with the elementary curriculum, the story begins in the colonial era with the first interactions between American Indians, Europeans, and Africans and ends with the Reconstruction of the United States after the Civil War. Viewers are encouraged to examine how laws and popular thought caused changes throughout the approximately 200 years covered.


Size: Seven freestanding sections requiring 15 running feet for display

Rental Fees: $450 for a four-week display period

Rent Your Copy

Purchase information: Your institution may purchase a copy of this exhibition for permanent use for $2250. 

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  • Site Support Notebook
  • Set-Up Instructions


To view a digital version of this exhibition, click here.