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Investigating a Place: California

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What defines a place? Examine this collection of images from or about California to answer these questions: What are its unique set of physical and cultural conditions? How do these physical and cultural conditions interact? How is California connected to other places? What are the consequences of human activity on the cultural and physical landscape? Ask students individually or in small groups to create a collection in Learning Lab to represent the physical and cultural characteristics of another place (city, region, state). Using these collections, ask students to write summary statements describing the unique human and physical characteristics of places researched. Discuss student collections and what makes each place unique.

Biotech Bay Poster

National Museum of American History

Among the Sierra Nevada, California

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Desert Wildflowers, Palm Springs, California, Verbenas, Desert Gold, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Huntington Gardens, California

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Eadweard Muybridge

National Portrait Gallery

San Francisco from Russian Hill

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Tenement Flats

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Knoll showroom, San Francisco

Archives of American Art

Southern California Freeway Scene

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Miscellaneous views and scenes 189-

National Anthropological Archives

Doll

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Salt Grass Lady

National Museum of the American Indian

Miwok Sound Recording DEC 1940

National Anthropological Archives

Anthropology Exhibit, U.S. National Museum

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Little Ike Fishing for Salmon with Plunge Net 1898

National Anthropological Archives

Basket

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Basket bowl

National Museum of the American Indian

Bowl

National Museum of the American Indian

Pomo Indian Basket, California

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Portrait (Front) of John Clift (Mixed Blood) 1877

National Anthropological Archives

Fritz Scholder

National Portrait Gallery

Meet Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Powell St. Cigar Store

National Museum of American History

Citrus Crate Label

National Museum of American History

Spur

National Museum of American History

3c California Statehood single

National Postal Museum

Gold Nugget

National Museum of American History

Pioneers of the West

Smithsonian American Art Museum

California 1938

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Japanese Immigrant’s Trunk

National Museum of American History

Lady in Blue and Yellow Dress

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Moon Kwan

National Portrait Gallery

Isamu Noguchi

National Portrait Gallery

Model for "Fiesta"

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Braceros Picking Strawberries

National Museum of American History

Azada de Mango Corto

National Museum of American History

Inaugural Exhibit of Mexican and Chicano Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Selena's Leather Outfit

National Museum of American History

Photograph of volunteers returning from voter registration centers

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Make-up

National Museum of American History

Tony Hawk

National Portrait Gallery

Biotech Bay Teeshirt

National Museum of American History

Poster, “Wines of California”

National Museum of American History

Technicolor Camera

National Museum of American History

Rick Madrid NUMMI Hat

National Museum of American History

Pismo Beach, California, 50 Cents, 1933 (clamshell)

National Museum of American History

Yosemite Plate

Smithsonian American Art Museum

"Famous Amos" Shirt

National Museum of American History

33c San Francisco 49ers single

National Postal Museum

Environmental Button

National Museum of American History

"Stop Ocean Dumping" Button

National Museum of American History