Community Stories Outreach Kits
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.
African Americans in the West / Ellen Cook
Explore the opportunities and the discrimination African Americans faced through lessons about migration, education, oral history, and quilting.
Chinese Americans in the West / Tom Shee Bin
Learn about the roles that immigration laws, family, and cultural traditions have played in the history of Chinese American people.
Overland Migration / Matthew Wheelwright
Imagine the struggles and excitement of being a pioneer on the Mormon Trail.
Ranching and Cowboys / Isabel Esparza Huizar
The colorful story of thisTejano family features a hero of the Alamo, vaqueros (cowboys), and ranching.
Cahuilla Indians / The Siva Family
Investigate the traditions, language, and art of the Cahuilla, Native people from the desert of Southern California.
The Gold Rush / Dame Shirley
Experience the gold rush through a series of personal letters written by Dame Shirley in 1850.
Immigration and Community / Kelly Roth
Lessons about immigration, citizenship, and Jewish traditions are drawn from the life of an entrepreneur in Los Angeles in the 1890s.