Your research assignment is designed to permit you the opportunity to experience Chicano history through the visitation of a local cultural site in southern California.
You may select any of the following types of places to visit in order to complete your assignment: museum (Example: Southwest Museum, Natural History Museum) historical house or other historical locales (Ex., Avila Adobe on Olvera Street, Lopez House in San Fernando, San Fernando or San Gabriel Mission, Pio Pico House in Pico Rivera, Rancho Dominguez, Rancho Cerritos) Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center in East Los Angeles, Latino Museum (downtown Los Angeles) or other similar types of cultural site.
After you have selected a location and visited your site, please prepare a 4-5 page report that includes some documentation verifying your visit which concentrates on the theme of how local history can serve to broaden your understanding of the larger Chicano history perspective you gain in this course.
1. Please include in your paper the focus, theme or purpose of the historical site you visited.
2. Explain what you learned about Chicano and southwestern history from this assignment.
3. Describe any evidence that portrays political, social, economic and/or cultural factors in local history.