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Smithsonian Learning Lab

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The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a repository of authentic digital resources; more than a million images, recordings, and texts; that support deep, meaningful learning. Learning that “enables critical thinking, flexible problem-solving, and transfer of skills and use of knowledge in new situations.” 

Historical Setting + Live Entertainment = Great Getaway

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We invite you to bring the family to share in a day of living history, live entertainment and games. Come experience a 100+ years of African American history in the heart of California’s Central Valley. Talk to our docents as you visit the historic homes and businesses, and learn about the families that started this historic town.

Park Champions April 1st Work Day

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At 9 o’clock on Saturday morning a group of Park Champions met at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Lead by Park Champions Core Leader Stephen Van Lydegraf, they and AmeriCorps Team Silver 1 picked up their drop cloths, ladders, paint, brushes and rollers, and began painting the exterior of the Johnson Bakery. During Allensworth’s heyday, bakery owner, Mattie Johnson not only sold bread and other baked goods to the Allensworth residents, she also sold bread to the surrounding communities.

Secret Mission with Colonel Big Horned Owl

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Download the Discovery Agents app and let Colonel Big Horned Owl, dressed in his Union blue uniform with the infantry crossed rifles on the cap, take you on a secret mission for the Ministry of Culture. As you explore Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, the Colonel will help you solve challenges at stops along the journey. Discovery Agents is a new, exciting and entertaining way to learn about Allensworth and the families that lived there.  

Volunteers Needed for CSPF Work Day

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The California State Parks Foundation is looking for volunteers for a Saturday, April 1, 2017, work day at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. The work day is from 9:00am to 1:00pm and will focus on re-painting historic buildings and other needed maintenance.

March 18th Docent Training

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Become a Docent at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park   The next docent training is March 18th from 10am to 3pm.   If you love learning, and sharing what you know with others, then being a docent at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park may be for you! 

A Dream Come True – Naturalization Ceremony at Allensworth

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On Friday, February 3rd, twenty-one people and their families gathered in the First Baptist Church at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. The families came to witness the final step in the naturalization process; the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.

2017 Black History Month Open House

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The Friends of Allensworth is kicking off 2017 with our Black History Month Open House at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park on Saturday, February 11, 2017.   Join us in a celebration of… living history, interactive storytelling, and self-guided tours of the historic buildings: The Colonel Allensworth home, the two-room schoolhouse, the Singleton General Store and Post Office, and many more.

Dedication of Buffalo Soldiers Mural

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Prior to 1916, stewardship of Yosemite & Sequoia National Parks was the responsibility of the U.S. Army. In 1899, 1903, 1904 the job fell upon the 24th Infantry & 9th Cavalry, the Buffalo Soldiers. The 250-mile trek from the Presidio of San Francisco (Monterey in 1904) took 13 days, 15-30 miles a day. At the parks they built roads, protected the parks from fire, poachers, grazers, etc.

Buffalo Soldiers Study

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The Buffalo soldiers played a key part in the development of the national park system by serving in many critical roles in the western United States, including protecting some of the first national parks. Based at the Presidio in San Francisco, Buffalo Soldiers were assigned to Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks, where they patrolled the backcountry, built trails, stopped poachers, and otherwise served in the roles later assumed by national park rangers.