c. 1900
7 in HIGH x 10 in WIDE
(17.78 cm HIGH x 25.40 cm WIDE)
Museum Purchase

Photogaph. Description: Group of children (D. Curry, 10/28/99) Photograph is a group portrait, most likely a class picture, of a group of children, around age 8 or so. It is a very diverse group of kids: Asian, Latino, and probably more recent Eurpoean immigrants. One girl in the group is holding a bouquet of flowers, another a tree branch, another girl is holding a book open, two other girls are holding large brimmed hats, and one of the boys in the front row has his hand on a basket sitting in front of him (a lunch basket?). A large flag is drapped in the backgroup.

Picture This Information

This artifact is part of the OMCA's Picture This website. More about the context and history of this artifact is available at Picture This.

About the Picture This web project: California's Perspectives on American History is a resource for teachers and students to learn about the experiences of diverse peoples of California by using primary source images from the Oakland Museum of California's collections. Organized into 11 time periods spanning from pre-1769 to the present, more than 300 photographs, drawings, posters, and prints tell stories from the perspectives of different ethnic groups. Historical contexts are provided to offer a framework of California's role in relation to American history.

The National Archives state that primary sources, "fascinate students because they are real and they are personal: history is humanized through them." Picture This invites students to examine the historical record, encouraging them to connect history with real people and explore how images tell stories and convey historical evidence about the human experience. History becomes more than just a series of facts, dates, and events.      

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