Oct. 25 - San Mateo History Museum!

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Ready to hop on the train to head to Redwood City for the San Mateo History Museum! Spur of the moment trip, but super excited no less.

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Excited to check out the San Mateo history museum to add greater context to our understanding of local history for our flag design and tie it into our larger learning of government, immigration, and societal growth. The museum is located in the Old Courthouse in Redwood City.

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After reading about the most famous court case in the history of the Old Courthouse, we learned the various roles for trial and acted them out.

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An exhibition on immigration got us thinking about the many people of many cultures who have immigrated to San Mateo county and the struggles and successes associated with building a new home and community. Immigrants provided much of the labor needed to build out the Peninsula, and varied communities continue to sustain rich and diverse cultures throughout the Bay Area.

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Each student chose one exhibit to summarize and present on at lunch time so that we could cover more ground by the end of the day.

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The final exhibit we explored was an interactive film showing the progression of the Peninsula lifestyle from the early estates, through 1950s suburban life, to later mass construction and industry.

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On the train ride home, some kids chose to write about Halloween plans!

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