Why We Do This Work
We address the need for civic literacy. A generation of Salinas' students have not received instruction in history/social studies. After our training institutes, teachers have the background and the tools to provide their students with a program that leads to increased understanding of their town and their place in the past, present, and future.
When we put community history into the context of the Harvey family, we give the student the connection not only to his/her immigrant parents but also to the community's history. By doing so, we build a stronger community. Now, students are able to gain a perspective, seeing history in the context of the Harvey family, an immigrant family who came before them.
We also address the need for a community museum. We address this need directly by developing exhibitions that are relevant to the local area, past, and present and inclusive - the Chinese, Japanese, Dust Bowl migrants, Filipinos, as well as the Harvey family, an immigrant family from the Midwest. By presenting relevant exhibitions, we hope to help people feel a sense of belonging and involvement.
Museums benefit the entire community. Benefits of the Historic Harvey House Museum include serving as an attraction for visitors to the Intermodal Transportation Center and a catalyst for change. With CSUMB's Salinas City's campus, our link to Service Learning students and our working relationship with elementary school Districts, we serve as a center for creativity and a voice of the past, present, and future.