Friday, June 17, 2016

Field Trip Proposals: Blue Class

For my field trip assignment I plan on watching the historical series called “Band of Brothers”. The series has to deal with the story of "E" Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division from their initial training starting in 1942 to the end of World War II. They parachuted behind enemy lines in the early hours of D-Day in support of the landings at Utah beach, participated in the liberation of Carentan and again parachuted into action during Operation Market Garden. They also liberated a concentration camp and were the first to enter Hitler's mountain retreat in Berchtesgaden. Band of Brothers takes place from 1942-1945, following from the Airborne Infantry's training at camp Toccoa, Georgia, USA, to various places in Europe, notably Normandy (France), Holland, Belgium and Germany. It is set during the European theater of World War II. It follows the then newest branch of the United States Military, the Airborne Infantry, which is part of the U.S. Army. It centers around Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. It follows these paratroopers/soldiers from D-Day, through the Battle of the Bulge, to the end of the war in Europe during World War II. My grandfather has told me many stories relating to this type of series when he was in the Army so it interests me.

For my field trip I would like to visit the Desoto winter encampment site here in Tallahassee. I’ll read up on Hernando De Soto’s historical information before going there. Apparently there is no entry fee. The location is near Lake Jackson. At the location I could take some photos of me and some friends. Than afterwards probably eat some ice cream or something.

I will visit the John Gilmore Riley Center & Museum. The John G. Riley Center/Museum is a
historical and cultural center that sits in downtown Tallahassee. I plan to explore the history of
the Museum and the history of the person in which the center was named after. I will also
explore what events and activities that are offered at the center. I will interview the staff to gather
there take on the history of the center as well as the reason the work there. I will also ask if there
are any plans to enhance the center in the near future. The reason I am choosing this location is
because the center was a part of the African American History Month events and a past honoree
for the Tallahassee Community College Cherry Hall Alexander Calendar in which I am the
Chairperson this year. I would also explore what other activities they offer the community as a
whole and especially what they offer for our school age students.


For my field trip I think that I will like to revisit one of the slave plantations. In school, elementary I believe, we went on a field trip to a plantation that gave us an opportunity to learn about how slaves lived. We were able to go through a typical day of which a slaved lived daily. The opportunity to eat a meal how they ate (cornbread and something like a vegetable soup), dress how they dressed, sit in the classrooms in which they were eventually given the opportunity to learn from, and see how they lived and worked was an eye opener. I know as we go through school we learn certain things, but to learn fully of certain history we never will. So many times we take for granted the lifestyle that slaves had to live in order for us to live these that we live now. Working regardless of how they felt (sick or well), regardless of the weather (hot or cold) they endured so much. Yet we complain about so much when in reality what we endure doesn’t compare. I want to go back to this plantation with my son to give him a chance to learn of history and hopefully enjoy himself the way that I did. The only thing is, this trip was so long ago that I can’t remember exactly which plantation we visited so I think that I will just choose the one located in Thomasville, Georgia and hope that it’s the same one and if it is not hopefully we’ll be able to share a great experience. This tour is one of a kind and though it gives you a chance to relive the lives of a slave in a sense, it doesn’t do so in a way that will offend you, but rather in a way that will only educate you.

In the twenty-five years that I have lived in Tallahassee, I have never been to this local Tallahassee historical site. The site I will be visiting is where the Apalachee Indians and the Spanish settlers lives together in harmony. The site, according to their website is called Mission San Luis, located off of Tennessee Street between White Drive and Ocala Road near the Publix shopping plaza.
I only know a little about the site, but I do know it is where the Spanish settlers came to live. They lived, at that time with the native Apalachee Indians who they taught their catholic religion and customs but also adapted to the Indian culture.
This site struck my interest because I have driven pass the site numerous times throughout the years and had no idea of its historical values. I’ve read the signs and was curious about what was behind the walls, but not enough to go inside. Once I received the assignment I researched the name of the site I have been seeing all this time and decided it was time to visit the site I had been curious about for all these years.


During my experience in watching Roots (2016) the TV series, I experience this epic family saga with a new vision that was both very inspiring and tremendously entertaining in my opinion. It is honor , in which, history was able to bring new life to this powerful story that remains as important today as it did when the original 'Roots' first premiered back in 1977. This series is considered to be a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite difficult hardship. The new Roots offer a strong dose of drama too strong, perhaps, for some viewers who will shy away from scenes of brutality and compelling the different character stories. Throughout, this new Roots is great entertainment, full of action and romance, an engrossing yarn about people who feel very real and relatable. But just as the original “Roots” had a powerful emotional impact on Americans, the new one is likely to do so as well, especially given that questions of race are at the forefront of discussion as much now as ever. In a nutshell, the resulting novel followed the journey of Kunta Kinte from Gambia into slavery in colonial America on the “middle passage,” In the result of his refusal to accept his enslavement. Roots” goes on to follow Kunta Kinte and his family, through years of slavery, abuse and sometimes kindness by some of the white owners.

For my History Field Trip Proposal Assignment, I will be watching Roots 2016. I am looking forward to seeing what the 2016 version is all about. The original mini-series Roots was based on a family’s history dating back to slavery days. Roots aired on ABC in January 1977, and it received critical acclaim. Roots was made possible by the writer Alex Haley, who wrote the book that the show was based on and was a descendant of Kunta Kinte. When I was younger I heard a lot about the movie, and when I was a teenager I got the opportunity to watch it. The original was a phenomenal achievement. I hope that the new version will hold up the integrity of the original. In my opinion, I don't think anything will be done like it again. The casting was also excellent and you could tell that the actors put in 100% effort. For decades, the United States has been largely in denial of its treatment of African-Americans, both as slaves and later in post-Civil War periods. Hopefully there will be able to be good political, racial, social and cultural dialogue with the newer version, just like there was with the original.

In a few weeks, I will be traveling to Detroit, MI to pick up my family who will be moving to Tallahassee and joining me. While I am in Detroit, I plan to visit the African- American Museum. While I am already a museum love, I am extremely excited to take a closer peep at history of my own kind.

The reason why I chose the African-American museum was solely based upon the chapters we’ve been studying and also the African-American Literature class I am taking. Although I know a great amount about the history of my ancestors, I believe that enough is never truly enough when it comes to educating yourself.

However, I know that all of the students reside in Florida and so my Field Trip to this museum can’t be duplicated, but it can be replicated. Besides the harsh conditions and enslavement od blacks throughout our history books, learning what we built to make this country America is what I am excited to learn more about. African- Americans are more than our slave history and any negative images people may associate us with. I will be providing pictures to give everyone a view of a popular museum in Michigan.


For my proposal for the historical field trip, I would like to visit a historical landmark. History is a topic in which I feel I can remain more involved and understand how to make connections when I see it in person, in the flesh. This summer, I will be visiting my family in Ohio, where I’ll be seeing the majority of them for the first time in nearly 3 years. Homesick, ready for a change of scenery, and eager to get out of the office for a week, I’ll driving with my fur friend, Penny (my dog), through the mountains and home. While I’m there, I will be going to the Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio. The museum is composes of several different divisions, all related to the life of Rutherford B. Hayes. I really like this topic, and museum, because I find the early presidents especially interesting in regards to their political progresses. The museum has been up and open since May 30th, 1916, although more was added to the original structure in the 2000’s. The museum has numerous exhibits, a research library, and thousands of artifacts to reflect the life and the time of the Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes, and Ohio’s history during that period in American History. According to their website, the museum has almost 1,800 artifacts always on display, and many photographs and information pieces with more on the life of Rutherford B. Hayes, and Ohio’s history during his time. I really enjoy this topic, and it actually has me even more excited to be home. I think that American history is amazing, but being from Ohio, I think it’s nice to actually have some real, concrete, historical knowledge about the place you were born and raised.

Ashley P
In my perspective, family history is very important to any individual. If you are aware of your origin, you can have a better perspective of your life. Having a good understanding of your family background allows you to better appreciate the things that you would normally take for granted. I think it would be very interesting to search my family history on to find my true family roots. I have always seen the commercials of people using this website to learn where their family origin comes from, which I have always wanted to try. While searching my family history, I hope to maybe learn some of the struggles my ancestors may have endured, or what life was like for them. Growing up, my father thought it was important to teach me about our Irish heritage. As a child, I didn’t appreciate the stories he told me. Now as an adult, I would give anything to hear those family stories narrated by my father.
Family members have once told me we are very distant cousins with Princess Diana. I would like to find out if I am indeed related to the royal family, or anyone else known throughout history. In finding the origin of my family, I also hope to learn some things about myself.

Ashley M
History tends to open our eyes to who are, by learning about who we’ve been. I’ve always wanted to know more about where I came from and this assignment provides me with the perfect opportunity to do so. My family history is pretty vague, although I have some lineage documentation that traces my mother’s side of the family back to John Rolf and Pocahontas. However, I’ve always wanted to delve into both sides of my family and learn more. Who were they? What did they believe? Were they like me? These are just a few questions that I’ve wondered my whole life. My best option in preparing my research will be to look into an account. I will go into looking at both sides of my family, my father’s side- the MacLean’s, and my mother’s side- The Roesch’s. This is going to be very exciting for me and I’ve been thinking about researching this information for a long time. I plan to construct a family tree and since I have contacts from both sides of the family, (i.e. living grandma and grandfather), it will make it a lot easier to search for particular names. I can’t wait to find out about my ancestors. Answers to how they lived and all they accomplished is invigorating. I look forward to gaining perspective so that I can also learn about who I am in relation to them.


For my History Field Trip Project, I plan to do option #2, which is to watch the Roots movie series. The movie does a great job of starting from the very beginning on how slavery began. Roots also displays numerous controversy topics such as religion, marriage, rape, birth, and death that are being discussed today. I thought it would a great idea to take these topics and compare and contrast them to the same present day issues. This would ultimately give us a way to see if times are changing or just repeating themselves.

Many people watch this movie and don’t think of anything but slavery. I do agree it does an amazing job of showing how badly black people were treated or were only thought as property. But if we look at different aspects of the movie under a microscope, it seems the topics I have mentioned above, are coming back up today.

Also, I want to discuss the impact that slavery has had directly towards blacks. We have been granted more freedoms than those of our ancestors, but some believe we are still oppressed. We get judged for looking a certain way or for being a “threat”. Our issues are always being tossed and we aren’t treated fairly. Slaves also had these problems, and discussing them if seen in the movie would be a great eye opener.

Lastly, I also wanted to incorporate a general summary of the movie so there would be a good idea as to what happens in the movie.


For my Field Trip proposal I actually plan on combining two options and making it to my own. For instance, I plan on researching my family history, as well as, watching the movie Roots. I feel as though they both connect to each other in many ways. I would like to trace back my ancestors as far as it will allow me to go. It’s a funny thing how I actually have a cousin that is named “Kunta Kinte” Johnson. I also use to hear remarks like “I’ll chop your foot off” and everyone including him would laugh, but I was still unsure as to what everyone was laughing about. I wondered all the way until I was practically done with high school where he got his name from. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to watch the movie, but I’ve heard some great things about it. The hardest decision I would have to make is if I should watch the 1977, or old school version as my generation would say. Or if I should watch the 2016 remake, or new school version. More than likely, I’ll watch both of them and compare the two and notice how much they differentiate from the two. 

For my field trip I would like to pick option 3 and research my family on to see where I really am from. Although it is not much of a field trip I have learned a lot about where my mothers side of the family has come from. One of the top matches my mother had was 34% that were based out of Germany/France. Following that 21% originated out of Italy/Greece maybe this is why I eat pizza every other day. On top of all the percentages of what I am I have learned about potential cousins and other family members which would be cool to maybe one day travel to where I originated out of and maybe try to find one of these potential family members. I have heard of people making this trip to meet long lost family members and it would be amazing if we were ever able to meet up. The best part about it is if I do go through with this I would get to try some amazing homemade Italian food, nothing sounds more appealing. If there was anyone there my age I would look into planning them a trip to America to show them where I have been spending my life, and who knows I could end up becoming close with someone from so far away.


For my historical field trip I plan on going to Mission San Luis- Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum. Mission San Luis is the only reconstructed Spanish mission in Florida. Mission San Luis is a living museum that takes you back in time and shows you how the Apalachee Indians and the Spanish lived from 1656 to 1704. I choose this museum because I think it would be great to learn the history behind the neighborhood I currently live in. From what I read on its website this museum teaches you about the past through tours and actor recreating the way people lived. This seems like a fun way to learn instead of going to a museum and reading about what you’re seeing. I pass by this museum everyday and I always tell myself that one day I will go in but I never seem to find the time. I’m glad this class in pushing me to stop making excuses and do something out of the ordinary for me. Tallahassee has a lot of history and I’m embarrassed to say I don’t know much of it so I’m so excited to learn as much as I can on this field trip.


Every year my family and I take a trip to the John G Riley house; this has been something that we've done as a whole since I was in elementary school. My dad is really big on African American educators and is something that he has instilled in my sister and me. We've visited so much that we have had a chance to see the process of them renovating and even adding this on to the Riley house. The Riley office now offers summer camps in addition to bring in more views they have a Robotic John G Riley that talks and moves. I plan on also doing volunteer hours over the summer.


I will be visiting the Tallahassee museum for my history field trip. “The community takes pride in its Museum, one of the few in the nation that combines historical buildings with a living display of native animals in a biologically beautiful and diverse setting.”
    In my report I will include what adventures follow purchasing a ticket includinginformation on events that are hosted at the museum.
The museum has limitless adventures to offer kids and adults of all ages. I will also include the history of the; museum, animal exhibits, historical buildings, and the Tree-to-Tree Adventures course.
    I intend to expand on the information that follows, “In 1957, a group of teachers, several civic groups and other interested members of the community established the Tallahassee Junior Museum to offer school children enriching experiences with science, art, history, and world cultures. In the 1960s, it moved to its present location on a chain of lakes. By 1980, the Museum exhibits included a collection of restored historical buildings, and by 1990 its Wildlife Florida Trail of native wildlife featured Florida panthers and endangered red wolves. The addition of the Tallahassee Tree-to-Tree Adventures courses, Jim Gary’s Twentieth Century Dinosaurs, an outdoor sculpture exhibit featuring the largest collection of works by Jim Gary, and improvements to the Visitor Center entrance and the Florida Wildlife Trail are only the first results of the new interpretive approach.”
I am actually down in Key West right now. I plan on visiting some of the historical sites here. I am not sure of what places I will be visiting yet. I am just going to explore and find a historical place from there. I am so excited to be doing this. I have a feeling that I will have a hard time deciding on what historical place to write about.

For my field trip proposal, I will be prosing a virtual museum tour at the Smithsonian Nation Museum of Natural History.
I have never been a super big “history nut” to say the least. Somehow over the course of my childhood, I have come to find that very specific parts of history very much intrigue me such as follows:
*Holocaust *Arlington in Washington, D.C. *U.S. presidency facts and stories
There is very specific topics that come to mind and these listed above are just a few. I loved the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. that I got to visit back in 2011 as well as the Arlington Cemetery and getting to watch the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Past history classes have talked in depth of past Presidency but I decided to take on a new topic this time around.
As a kid, I enjoyed watching Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and thought maybe I would not mind learning a little more about the actual museum itself. I hope to discover something different and new beyond anything I have learned before, and it will be fun to see how much of that movie was true fact that was taught to children watching it.