Field Trip Proposals: Red Class

Kelli
I was so excited when I saw the option to watch the Roots mini-series! To be honest, when I was in high school, a VERY long time ago, we watched Roots quite a few times but I was much more interested in talking to boys then actually watching and understanding the story. I never understood what an important piece of history that was playing right in front of me. I certainly have a much greater respect and interest now. I watched the preview for the series and something that was said stands out to me greatly. Laurence Fishbone states,” you draw strength from those that came before you, whose lives where harder than your life is, people who thought enough about you before you were born, to try to make the road that you travel that much easier than theirs was”. That statement amazes me, we may think we are doing our part now to protect our children’s future by recycling or starting a college fund. The real question is could we endure the sacrifices that some made to better the future generations? Would we be willing to stand up and fight for what is right? My hope is to bring away a better understanding of the struggle that many endured for my friends, loved ones and family to live a better life. I hope to share these stories for many generations to come and to encourage my children to embrace history.

Steven
For my history field trip I would like to plan on a weekend trip up to Knoxville Tennessee to visit my father in-law how is a history reenactor. He does a lot of historical wars and even has driven a tank and jump out of a World War 2 airplane. He absolute love history and love to reenact certain eras of history and historic events. He has asked me to come up and be a part of his reenacting’s, and I have agreed. During last summer (2015) I help him to restore an old World War 2 CJ7 Jeep. It was a great experience and perfect bonding time with my father in law. Since that summer he has got it driving perfectly (besides it not having a speedometer) and want he and I to drive to a World War 2 reenactment were we will be staying the weekend as if we were right there in in the 1940’s in Nazi Germany. It’s something I look forward to and I am excited simple because this is my first reenactment with my in-laws. I can’t wait to write about this experience. Though I am not so excited about eating canned spam and not being able to have electricity and well technology. Yes that’s right they go big with their reenacting’s.

Julie
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   My  history field trip proposal is for me to go to a museum.  there are so many to choose from but I have to look for one that is close by.  So I am between The Museum of Florida History here in Tallahassee or the Knott House which is also here in Tallahassee. The Knott House is a very historical house. In 1985  the Historic Tallahassee Preservation Board  became the beneficiary but only in 1992 did the Knott House become open to the public. Of course that was after extensive renovation. Its administration was then transferred to The Museum of Florida History in 1997. Now the Museum of Florida History has loads of things to look at. It even explains La Florida becoming American. Making the transition from a colony of Spain to a U.S. territory and then a state. It even talks about the year of 1763 when Britain  gained control of Florida. And their development of plantations and trading with Native Americans.But the first thing to visit when going to The Museum of Florida History is the beginning with the Native Americans. It was said that  in 1513 there was perhaps one million people already living in Florida. The portion of the exhibit in the museum is called  “ Land of Many Cultures”. 

 Devante
I will go with option 2 and watch the Roots movie coming out. Reason why I am choosing to watch Roots is because I believe it will be very educational to me. Because being an African American myself, understanding your culture, your background and how things used be compared to now is very important to understand. Because i have heard of the movie “Roots” before, but it’s never been something that I learned in school or was taught while growing up. I wish that it was something that was brought up in history classes more because I never really heard that much about it mabye a little to reference it but not enough to make you be like “ Oh!I remember because of that scene in Roots”. And when I do go watch this film, I intend on taking notes on anything that catches me off guard, or things that I find interesting and want to do research on. Because like I said I don’t really know what to expect when I see this film , but I do know very little about the movie Roots so I would really like to do as much research on this movie and try to learn something new.

Isaac
Since I’m taking classes on campus, and I also work every day, I am rather limited to where I can go for my history field trip. I wanted to travel up north and spend some time with my grandparents; this would have allowed me to potentially visit Washington DC, however the timing just didn’t work out. This limitation conversely hasn’t stopped me from finding something that I want to do. I figure since I am going to be limited to the surrounding area, I might as well learn as much as I can about the surrounding area. I am going to take this time to learn more about the history of Florida. I haven’t been to the Museum of Florida History since I was little, and feel like this could provide a very good learning experience for me. Certainly a museum in Tallahassee isn’t as exciting as traveling to the Smithsonian, but the educational opportunity it offers is definitely intriguing to me. I want to utilize the time really to learn as much about the history of Florida as I can. Time permitting, I wouldn’t mind visiting more places around town, like the Junior Museum or take a tour of Mission San Luis. I won’t be disappointed if I can’t go anywhere besides the Florida History Museum, but my goal is to visit as many historical places as I can that relate to the history of Florida.

Nicholas
My history field trip will be an exploration of the Florida Slave Canals. This little beautiful flow of water is one of the top kayaking trails in the state. This canal connects the Wacissa and Aucilla River in Jefferson County. I am a kayaking enthusiast and I think these canals have a very interesting historical background that I want people to know about. This historical has great local significance. The Wacissa River is located approximately three miles from the Aucilla River. The Wacissa stretches north to the heart of planation red hill country of Jefferson and Thomas County. During the time of slavery and when cotton was booming these rich farmers needed an easier, quicker and cheaper way to transport their cotton to the gulf coast. To keep from traveling across the state or way out of the way. Locals created this canal to connect these two rivers because the Aucilla flows south to the coast. In my project, I will be exploring these canals and documenting the historical significance of this historical sight. In will provide historical documentations, articles and personal pictures and maps that I find on this trip. 

Jonathan
I have already gone to the Tallahassee Museum an wish to go again to see if there exhibits have changed. The Museum offers a different approach from a traditional museum. They exhibit nature out in nature. The building they have show of a time where things were a lot less simple and more demanding. The way the buildings are expressed tell a story of our not so distant past. The life of the farmer and shop keeper are displayed for historical reference. The blacksmith house and the many items needed for operation. The stable for visitors to get the right smell of the period adds to the great effect of returning to the past.
The Tallahassee Museum as well as exhibits animals from Florida and sometimes other countries. They offer the tree climbing and zip line tour of the grounds and the swamp. This helps visitors explore in a birds eye view of lethal creatures known as alligators. I was tempted once by this prospect, but decided the ground would be safer from escaping the terror of the swamp. Not to mention my irrational fear of not being able to see under the green moss that covers the water. I hope to learn more about the structure on my next trip.

Aisha
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First of all, I love the idea of including a field trip as an assignment in this class so we are encouraged to get out and explore the many historical sites around everywhere around us.  One of my favorite museums in town is the Tallahassee Museum.  I used to love going there when I was a child and haven’t been back in a few years and would love to re-explore the history and learn some new facts that I might not have caught before.  The Tallahassee Museum lies across 52 acres and is a lot to take in for one day even though the website suggests only 2 to 3 hours to explore.  The Tallahassee Museum has anywhere from 4 to 6 ever changing exhibits and currently they are housing an amur leopard.  As part of this assignment I have done some research which includes the current admission price of $10.00 per college student with their college id. Their operating hours on the weekends include 9-5 on Mondays thru Saturdays and 11-5 on Sunday.  Due to my work schedule Monday thru Friday, my husband and I are planning on going on a Saturday in early July.  Currently they also have a few night events featured on their June and July calendars to explore the nightlife of the many lifeforms that call the Tallahassee museum home.

Madison
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About 3 weeks ago my friend and I had the urge to go for a hike. We wanted something new, a friend recommended Providence Canyon State Park. It’s Lumpkin Georgia’s, “Little Grand Canyon” it took us two and half hours to get there which wasn’t too bad. These sixteen canyons were created from erosion of soft multicolored soils, now it displays various colors such as shades of white, pink, red and brown. It offers ten miles of hiking trails, one around the top rim looking down into the canyon and then multiple that are on the canyon floor. There are streams of water that make the canyon floor sandy trails very wet and muddy…so your nice Nike’s are not the best idea. According to Gastateparks.org “during the 1800’s due to farming and rainwater runoff from fields, massive gullies as deep as 150 feet were caused; but today make some of the prettiest photographs”. While on one of the woodsy trails you come across abandoned antique rusty cars and trucks. We plan to go back soon and bring a group of friends so we can camp overnight. If you’re in Tallahassee, taking summer classes and feel like you could use a change of scenery or place to clear your head. I would definitely recommend Providence Canyon State Park.

Devin
As a full time student, full time employee, part time employee and a full time mommy to a little one it can be quite the headache to travel anywhere. Not only is my finding any spare time really hard to find between the crazy schedule that I have but it can also be quite the project to load up my three year old and keep her entertained while trying to learn. So for my history field trip, I have decided to make a movie night and watch The Color Purple and also Fried Green Tomatoes. I have seen both movies a few times and I love them both so this will be a great oppurtunity to watch two great movies and learn some extra history behind both of the movies. I haven’t taken much of any personal time to sit and enjoy a great movie with all that has been going on in my schedule, so this is quite an excitement for myself. I am ready to begin watching these movies so that I can finally get the chance to not only relax but to learn and understand the history behind the scenes of each movie.

Spencer
For my field trip I am going to visit somewhere that I mentioned in this class’ first discussion: Thomas Edison’s estate, in my hometown of Fort Myers. Thomas Edison disliked the
cold winters in New Jersey so he decided to escape during the chilly months to somewhere warmer, so he visited Fort Myers, Florida, fell in love and later purchased land here. Edison did not move down here by himself, he spent the winters in his estate which is adjacent to Henry Ford’s vacation home. The two properties are open to the public for self-guided, audio tours which take approximately two and a half hours. The tour includes being able to view the two homes, Edison’s laboratory, historical botanical gardens on the properties, and access into the Edison and Ford museum.
I have been on this tour before, but it was when I was far too young to understand or appreciate it. During this field trip I hope to take a glimpse inside the lives of two of the most brilliant men ever to live. I also hope to gain a greater appreciation of the city that I live in. I hope that the tour sheds some light on why Edison and Ford decided to spend a large portion of their time here instead of another city. I am looking forward to grasping more of an appreciation of something that I take advantage more than anything... where I live!

Jessica
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I plan to do my field trip on Mission San Luis. It is one of the most visited parks in Tallahassee and one of my favorite places to visit. It is known for recreating Indian structures, and having people dress up and teach you about the way of life in co-habited Spanish and Indian territories. This location is where the Appalachee Indians had lived, and it has artifacts from the 17th century from both the Spanish people and the Indians. It contains various objects related to the Roman Catholic Church, which played a huge influence in the daily lives. It contains many different sites. One of the most breathtaking is the Council House, which is a large structure with an opening at the roof for smoke to come out. When you walk in the floor is made of clay, and the roof is made of palms. This plaza space was used for many different things, it was part of religious and social gatherings. It was considered the central part of apalachee life, and was used to unite both the Spanish and Indians. I plan to visit this location again, and learn more about the church for field trip project.

Monique
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A historical field trip has always been something that I was interested in doing, but never took the time out to do so. For my historical field trip I plan to visit my grandpa and aunt in Philadelphia. During this trip I will take my kids to visit the Rocky Steps museum where they have a statue of Sylvester Stallone’s character “Rocky”. My oldest son cannot wait to see this he is in love with Rocky and the new movie Creed. We will also visit the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell is the historic symbol of American freedom, which is now found in independence National Park. Independence Hall is another historical place we will visit. Independence Hall is where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. This historical location is located in the center of National Historical Park along with the Liberty Bell. Philadelphia has lots of historical places and we plan to visit as many as we can, while visiting our family. This is most definitely a trip that I am looking forward to. I feel that is one thing to learn about history, but to be able to actually see the historical events is always great.

Monte
My family and I will be going on a cruise later this summer to Belize and Costa Maya. I’m excited because we’ll get a chance to visit the Mayan Ruins. After hearing so much about the place I’m ready to go. I know that they were one of the most dominant societies of Mesoamerica. They are the first development of an early people dating back FROM 1500 BC to 150 AD. They boundaries span across several countries from Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and Mexico just name a few. I’ll get a chance to see possibly the first temples ever built, which shows how advanced they were during that era. The advancement of the Mayan civilization through their years of existence was the highest of any civilization ever recorded. Their hieroglyphic system remains as one of the most display of advancements of any civilization in history. It has been noted as being the only writing system dated before Christopher Columbus. So as you can see I’ll be getting a chance to see a piece of an ancient civilization that dates back thousands and thousands of years. Knowing that there is a lot more to see, I know it’ll take more than one trip to see it all.

Jacqueline
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My history field trip proposal will have me traveling back in time to an era that I can only read about and attempt to try to understand. Without a visual representation it can be difficult to truly understand the tortures of the life of an African American slave and all they endured while reading words on a page. 
For my fieldtrip I will be watching Roots. Roots is the story of a slave named Kunta Kinte who was sold from Africa at the age of seventeen. When Kunta Kinte was sold he was taken from the only life he’s ever known and sent to land that would torture and torment him.  This movie will follow Kunta Kinta through his journey of life and act as a tour guide down an era of history that has shaped who we are today. 
My hope is to learn about African American slavery to have a better understanding of American History.  Slavery is something that is rarely discussed and is often swept under the rug so to speak.  With the social climate as it is today, my wish is to gain a different perspective and have a greater understanding of the hurt and anger of today’s African American population.
           
 Brittney
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Due to me working two jobs I have a hard time getting out to do something like go to a museum even though I would much rather go out and be able to see it firsthand instead of seeing it through a screen.
When I was in high school we spent a long time going over the old Roots tv series and it was something I found very interesting. Being in high school we didn’t get to watch it but we read a lot about it. I feel like being able to watch the new series I might learn more and take more in by seeing it than just reading it.
My 2nd Field Trip report I would like to do the Ancestry.com option. I do not know much about my past and where my family has come from due to the fact neither side of my family has any kind of documentation. I think this is a great opportunity to learn things about my family that I otherwise would have no knowledge about. Honestly I might not have ever thought about about looking if it had not been an option for my felid trip project.

                                                           
Terri
For my field trip, I will be going to Torreya State park. If you have grown up in Tallahassee, like I, you have passed this basically anytime you leave town to go to a beach. Now that I am older I have taken an interest in state parks. The other day headed to Destin I saw the sign for it and decided to Google it. There is an amazing view and a very historical plantation house at this park. I immediately thought it would be a perfect place to go for my history field trip. Somewhere so close to home that I have never been. I think that there are some other historical buildings at this site as well but I am not sure. I guess I will found out when I go. I have also found some amazing wedding photographs on Pinterest that have been taken at this state park so naturally that excited me. I also read that the beautiful Gregory House at the park used to be across the river and they basically picked it up and moved it so it would be in the park. That is crazy to me. They took apart a whole house moved it in 1935. I am actually really excited to visit this park and see the amazing view so close to home.

Qaasim
My plan for my field trip plan is to actually go visit Mission San Luis. It makes a bunch of sense to go there it’s a very close place to my home and it shows the first settlements in America. I think it would be an interesting trip because I’m from Philadelphia so I’m very much use to old colonial settlements and have had the chance to go to George Washington’s home in Virginia but this would be different because not only is it one of the old settlements but it’s a place where Apalachee Indians and Spaniards lived together this is a very awesome area and has plenty of historical value with in its walls. I hope to learn a lot of things and the trip and learn how these two different types of cultures clashed in one area. I also hope to see some great sites since it’s closed off so much area’s in town. I think this will be a very informational trip and hopefully gives me more insight into what it was like back in the past and it should actually be pretty fun because from what I’ve heard the people who work there are always in character!

Sergey
I plan on watching Roots. I’ve heard good things about it, but I haven’t had a chance to watch it as of yet; but now I do. I’ve always been a bit of a movie buff, in that I enjoy watching all sorts of stuff just for the experience. Sometimes though, movies give you a new lease on life, or they give you a new outlook that you hadn’t thought of before. It’s an art form so I guess that’s what it’s goal is. One of my favorite historical movies was the recent Django. Although it might not be true to the history, it does represent that time period relatively well. I found the racial discrimination to be a true representative of what was at that time the reality in the South. But I really enjoyed the spin that was put on it where a freed former slave was able to get revenge on the very people who enslaved him and others. I also really like the remake of Grit, although I liked that movie mostly because of Jeff Bridges which stems from my enjoyment of The Big Lebowski, a classic.

Rebekah
For my field trip I will be venturing to the Henry B. Plant Museum, which today sits on the University of Tampa’s campus. The Henry B. Plant Museum is located in the South wing of Plant Hall and was formerly known as the Tampa Bay Hotel. The building was opened in February of 1891 and was host to many wealthy Northerners, as well as being used to house solders and commanders during the Spanish-American War. The most prominent resident during this time was Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. Mr. Roosevelt had his own suite in the hotel and during the day he would train his solders on the lawn. Another interesting exhibit at the museum are two cannons from Fort Brooke. They are part of what were originally a three-gun Confederate battery that guarded Tampa Bay during the Civil War. There is also another cannon that was featured during the Spanish-American War in 1898. It symbolically points toward Cuba to memorialize the part that Tampa played in the conflict. As part of this field trip assignment, I am excited to go to a building so close to home (Lakeland) to learn about the incredible history in Tampa. I am most eager to learn about President Roosevelts stay and adventures in the Plant Museum.



 Ashley
For my field trip project I would like to choose option # 2 and watch Roots. Since I work full time and am taking other classes it would be hard for me to go to a museum or something to that nature. I already binge watch Netflix series as is so this one will just be next on my list. Between episodes of Dexter, although I will hate the interruption of not seeing his scruffy face, I will be watching Roots. I think it will be interesting to learn more about slavery and really see the things he experienced.



Margare   
     
  For   
  my   
  project   
  I   
  decided   
  I   
  wanted   
  to   
  research   
  my   
  family’s   
  history   
  on   
 
Ancestry.com.   
  My   
  grandmother   
  died   
  a   
  couple   
  of   
  years   
  ago   
  and   
  I   
  have   
  wanted   
  to   
   know   
  more   
  about   
  her   
  ancestors   
  and   
  where   
  they   
  originated.   
     
  Since   
  there   
  are   
  not   
  a   
  lot   
   of   
  older   
  relatives   
  left   
  in   
  my   
  family,   
  I   
  think   
  Ancestry.com   
  would   
  be   
  a   
  great   
  way   
  to   
  find   
   out   
  more   
  about   
  my   
  family   
  and   
  their   
  history.   
     
  I   
  have   
  always   
  been   
  very   
  close   
  to   
  my   
   family,   
  and   
  I   
  think   
  it   
  is   
  important   
  to   
  know   
  about   
  their   
  routes   
  in   
  order   
  to   
  gain   
  a   
   better   
  understanding   
  of   
  how   
  I   
  have   
  been   
  shaped   
  into   
  who   
  I   
  am   
  today.   
     
     
 
   
      
      So   
  far   
  I   
  know   
  my   
  last   
  name,   
  Dudley;   
  originated   
  in   
  Ireland   
  then   
  moved   
  to   
   England   
  and   
  eventually   
  came   
  to   
  America.   
  I   
  also   
  know   
  that   
  my   
  dad   
  and   
  grandfather’s   
   middle   
  name,   
  Drummond   
  originated   
  in   
  Scotland   
  and   
  I   
  am   
  hoping   
  to   
  learn   
  more   
   about   
  my   
  family’s   
  heritage   
  and   
  what   
  kind   
  of   
  experiences   
  my   
  ancestors   
  have   
  gone   
   through.   
      
      
      I   
  think   
  family   
  helps   
  define   
  who   
  we   
  are   
  as   
  a   
  person.   
  By   
  researching   
  and   
   studying   
  historical   
  facts   
  on   
  Ancsetory.com   
  I   
  feel   
  like   
  I   
  can   
  be   
  able   
  to   
  discover   
  things   
   that   
  I   
  would   
  never   
  have   
  known   
  about   
  my   
  family   
  and   
  ancestors.   
  I   
  think   
  this   
  historical   
   project   
  will   
  give   
  me   
  an   
  opportunity   
  to   
  know   
  more   
  about   
  my   
  family.