In November, 46 juniors and seniors along with four teachers from Lodi Academy went on a Southern California History Trip lead by our history teacher Tom Larsen.
This trip is conducted every other year opposite the two-week history tour which takes our junior and senior students to the East Coast. In this short, somewhat local West Coast trip to the Presidential Libraries and the Museum of Tolerance, students get to connect classroom lessons with primary sources that are valuable and authoritative. Experiences like this capture student attention and interest in American History in important and unexpected ways.
The three-day trip started with an early morning bus ride to Simi Valley where they toured the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. The next morning they traveled on to West Los Angeles and the Museum of Tolerance. In the afternoon they toured the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda. On Monday evening for fun the group attended Medieval Times Dinner Theater in Buena Park where they witnessed actors in costume riding horses demonstrating jousting, and sword fighting.
Many students when asked to describe the tour said it was: “The most amazing, awesome, and unforgettable historical adventure.” Their favorite activity was the Medieval Times Dinner Theater but the activity that stood out in their memory as educationally stimulating and thought-provoking was the Museum of Tolerance.