The Blackhawk Museum features an in depth historical look at; The Spirit of the Old West, Natural History and a collection of Historical Vintage Automobiles. During the trip students were guided through the museum displays by docents. The docents explained major points within each historical exhibit. Students were assigned to write an informative essay on a topic discussed during the museum visit.
The Spirit of the Old West is split into three major sections; Native Americans, American Settlers and Timelines of the West. Students were intrigued by the ancient artifacts used during this time. In the American Settlers section students explored history from the 1800’s to the early 1900’s. This area features expeditions, migration, expansions and the legends of the Wild West. Students gained a better understanding of how the first American settlers lived.
Timelines of the West highlights different inventions of the 1800’s which included the sewing machine, stethoscope, pasteurization and more. This section also covers major milestones during this century; The CA Gold Rush, Photography, The Transcontinental Railroad and more.
Furthermore, The Blackhawk Museum is situated within beautiful Blackhawk Plaza. The plaza features a tranquil pond, plenty of shopping and delicious restaurants. Students had lunch in the courtyard before heading into the second half of the museum. Docents guided students through and explained the historical impact vintage automobiles have had on American history and culture.
The grand exhibits brought history textbooks to life. Students gained a deeper understanding of early American History and Culture.