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In-Class Community Stories Kit Rentals

Open one of our Community Stories Kits and come face-to-face with history. Each kit profiles a community through the eyes of an actual person. Their stories, traditions, challenges, and opportunities come to life through carefully chosen resource materials and lesson plans, encouraging students to investigate their own family and community histories.

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  • Ellen Cook: African Americans in the West Outreach Kit

    Ellen Cook: African Americans in the West

    Explore the opportunities and discrimination faced by African Americans through lessons about migration, education, oral history, and quilting.

    View a sample lesson plan.

  • Tom Shee Bin: Chinese Americans in the West Outreach Kit

    Tom Shee Bin: Chinese Americans in the West

    Learn about the roles that immigration laws, family, and cultural traditions have played in the story of Chinese people.

  • Matthew Wheelwright: Overland Migration Outreach Kit

    Matthew Wheelwright: Overland Migration

    Imagine the struggles and excitement of being a pioneer on the Mormon Trail!

  • Isabel Esparza Huizar: Ranching and Cowboys Outreach Kit

    Isabel Esparza Huizar: Ranching and Cowboys

    The colorful story of this Tejano family features a hero of the Alamo, vaqueros, and ranching.

    View a sample lesson plan.

  • The Siva Family: Cahuilla Indians Outreach Kit

    The Siva Family: Cahuilla Indians

    Investigate the rituals, language, and art of the Cahuilla.

  • Dame Shirley: The Gold Rush Outreach Kit

    Dame Shirley: The Gold Rush

    Experience the California gold rush through a series of personal letters written by Dame Shirley in 1850.

    View a sample lesson plan.

  • Kelly Roth: Immigration and Community Outreach Kit

    Kelly Roth: Immigration and Community

    Lessons about immigration, citizenship, and Jewish traditions are drawn from the life of an entrepreneur in Los Angeles in the 1890s.

    View a sample lesson plan.

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