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Latest Activity: Oct 28, 2013
America was once just an idea, but it was not until that idea was forged with courage, sweat, blood and innovation, that it became a nation. Understanding where we come from is essential for our future.
Walter and Cordelia Knott, the founders of America’s first theme park, personified these principles. Despite failed crops on their farm, and a later great depression, they defied defeat, creating success through these core principles. Tough times led to innovations, such as their creation of the boysenberry, and Walter to creation themed attractions to keep the masses of hungry people waiting for pies happy. Soon, the attractions themselves began to draw more people, leading to the creation of an entire theme park.
Walter felt his American Heritage acutely, and chose the Old West as his first theme, importing actual buildings from ghost towns to create a living history of actual historical artifacts, a method he repeated to represent additional eras of American History.
We now are the recipients, choosing Knott’s park as our “textbook” from which to study American History. Starting with its Native Inhabitants, we will study American history in its complexity, exploring buildings, telling stories, and thrilling our senses on some of the most thrilling rides in the west!
Classes will be held throughout the park, including in lines for rides! Students must have their own admission to the park.
Classes will start on time. Once you register you will be given the instructor's cell phone number so please be sure to call if you are running late so we can tell you where to meet. Please make sure you send us cell phone numbers for students and parents upon registration. Parents may attend, but are not required to.
September 19: Native Americans – History, Culture and Religion
October 3: Exploration and Colonization: 1492 – 1762
October 17: Revolutionary War and a New Nation: 1763 - 1799
October 31: The New Nation Expands: The Antebellum Era, 1800 - 1850
November 14: Sectional Controversy, the Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850 - 1877
December 5: Pony Express and Western Expansion: 1847 - 1912
December 19: The Second Industrial Revolution, 1890 - 1912
January 16: The World at War: World War I
January 30: The Jazz Age & Roaring 20’s
February 13: The Great Depression & Roosevelt’s New Deal
February 27: The World at War, Again! World War II
March 13: The Rise of Two New World Powers: America’s Capitalism & Suburbia vs the Soviet’s Communism: 1945 - 1967
March 27: Civil Rights and the Counter-Culture: 1955 -1979
April 10: America Rises Again: Reagan, the Culture Wars, and the Defeat of Communism: 1980’s and Early 90’s
April 24: The Global Age & the Rise of the Internet: 1995 - Present
May 8: The American Future
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