Field trip to the Autry Museum of the American West. (Griffith Park Campus).
The Autry Museum of the American West-"the Autry"-brings together the stories of all peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inspire our shared future. The Autry Museum in Griffith Park, originally the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage, was co-founded by Jackie and Gene Autry and Joanne and Monte Hale. With the opening of the Museum in 1988, Gene Autry realized his dream "to build a museum which would exhibit and interpret the heritage of the West and show how it influenced America and the world." Attracting between 150,000 and 200,000 annual visitors, the Autry in Griffith Park presents a wide range of special exhibitions and public programs that explore the art, history, and cultures of the American West.
Lunch is on your own at Glendale Galleria Mall. After lunch, visit the MONA and discover how neon signs are made as you view a studio and learn the history of the iconic art form.
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Learn about early Bakersfield, from the time of Father Garces. We will emphasize downtown Bakersfield and the Baker Street area, including many buildings that could be eligible for inclusion in the local Historic Perservation Register. You will learn about the effect that natural disasters (earthquakes, floods) have had on our historic buildings, the design motifs that distinguish various architectural styles, and how to identify those styles. The final session will be a guided walking tour of historic Bakersfield buildings by the instructor.
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