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.
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.
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
Imagine the struggles and excitement of being a pioneer on the Mormon Trail!
Isabel Esparza Huizar: Ranching and Cowboys
The colorful story of this Tejano family features a hero of the Alamo, vaqueros, and ranching.
The Siva Family: Cahuilla Indians
Investigate the rituals, language, and art of the Cahuilla.
Dame Shirley: The Gold Rush
Experience the California gold rush through a series of personal letters written by Dame Shirley in 1850.
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.