School Program

People from Many Places

The Immigrant Experience

What does being an immigrant mean?

Discover the diversity of the people who made the San Francisco Peninsula their home in the exhibit, Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County.

A young student plays a toy accordion at the People from Many Places exhibit at the San Mateo County History Museum

Tour

During an exploration of the exhibit Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County, students discover what countries immigrants came from, the rich cultural traditions they brought with them and how those traditions have become part of the local community.

Cultural Activities

Students participate in cultural activities divided into two themes offered different months.

A young student creates an Italian marionette in the People from Many Places school program at the San Mateo County History Museum

Toys, Music and Celebration: September through January
Through craft-making, students participate in some pastimes enjoyed by Irish, Mexican and Italian immigrants.

Paper Arts for Celebration: February – June
Students create paper arts that are part of Japanese, Chinese and Mexican celebrations.

Student create a paper craft on the People from Many Places school program at the San Mateo County History Museum

Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify seven major groups of people who have immigrated to San Mateo County.
  • Students will be able to identify how the work of immigrants in the county supported the growth of San Francisco.
  • Students will become familiar with some of the rich cultures of the people who moved here from all over the world, and how these cultures enrich life in the county.
  • Students will become aware of some of the discrimination immigrants have faced in San Mateo County.
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  • Geared to third and fourth graders.
  • History-Social Science Content Standards: 3.3, 4.3, 4.4.
  • 2023-2024 Fee: $110 per class.  There is an additional charge of $6 per student for every student over 30.
  • Fees apply to ONE CLASS PER PROGRAM
  • A double tour is charged for two programs.