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Smithsonian American History (ages 5-9)
September 12, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30pm on Monday, repeating until November 7, 2016
Mondays: Has everyone in your family always lived in America? Whether your family immigrated last year or 200 years ago, almost all Americans have family histories that trace back to other countries. How did these ancestors survive the voyage? How did they learn a new language? What did the eat? What types of homes did they live in? In this unit, we will explore the experiences of the immigrants and pioneers of the United States and the ways in which they impacted- and often defined- our nation’s history. From railroad workers to farmers, from fur traders to factory workers- how did these families survive in their new homeland and what challenges did they face and overcome? Join us as we become historical detectives and learn about researching and archives as well!
*This class will involve at least 2 field trips and a biography poster project.
Instructor Nicole Shaffer is a homeschooling mom to three boys. She earned her Bachelors degree in History from the University of Montana, where she also studied military science as an ROTC cadet and Army Reservist. For the past decade, Nicole and her family have enjoyed exploring the cultures and landscapes of various locations throughout the U.S. as part of the “nomadic” Army life (her husband remains an Active Duty Army officer). From the Arctic tundra of Alaska to the warm sands of the Georgia coast, each duty assignment brought challenge and adventurous learning experiences. They are thrilled to return to Missoula for a couple of years and love to get out and soak up all that Montana has to offer.