Harvey House

Historic Harvey House, 1868 

Salinas City, California

(First Mayor's House) 



"Miss Harvey Remembers", Getting To Salinas

This story was adapted by Ms. Judy Drueding, a 3rd-grade teacher at University Park Elementary School in Salinas, California.  The illustrations were done by Ms. Bridgett Spicer.  One copy is free with a teacher membership or copies can be purchased for $20 each.  All funds in excess of printing costs support the education program.

Tell Me, Grandpa!  A Story About the Early Days of Salinas, California

This story was written by Ms. Mary Randall, a retired administrator, Salinas City Elementary School District.  The story recounts conversations of Florence Baker and her grandfather, Isaac J. Harvey.  The material is appropriate for 3rd-grade students, meeting grade standards. One copy is free with your teacher membership.  It can also be purchased for $20 with profits supporting the education program.

I.J.'s Incredible Journey and Other Adventures on the American Frontier

Materials have been selected and compiled for fifth grade students by Ms. Mary Randall.  It is intended for students learning about the Westward Movement in the United States.  While the selected material gives only a fraction of the experiences of the pioneers, we hope students will get the 'flavor' of these incredible times by some of our local histories.  It is inspired by Recollections of a Journey to California in 1850 by Isaac J. Harvey.

Tell Me Grandpa Flyer

Lesson Plans

Model Lesson Plans

All Model Lesson plans were developed by the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project for Grade 3 by grants from the Union Pacific Foundation and Community Foundation for Monterey County.  All meet CA H-SS Content Standards and Common Care Standard.  These three Lesson Plans are free for download.  We are indebted to our supporters for making this possible.

"Early Salinas City History" (Lesson 1) by Donna Leary, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (UCBHSSP). The focus question is, How has Salinas area changed over time? It utilizes a primary source, an 1874 photograph of the House to engage the student and get the student to answer, What can this photograph tell us about the Harvey House in 1874?  Students follow-up with a visit to the House; here they are challenged by docents with questions and activities: What is different? What is the same?

"Growth of the Salinas Community" (Lesson 2) By Ms. Mary Zomorodi, UCBHSSP.  This Lesson, two 45 min class periods draws from community resources.  In this lesson, students learn how Salinas has grown from a Native American population living off the land and sea to a large national agricultural center. What is a primary resource?  Why are they important?  A visit to the House reinforces this question

"How the Railroad Changed the Agriculture of Salinas" (Lesson 3Lesson 3BLesson 3C) (Lby Kay Lunine, UCHSSP.  The Lesson Plan (three 45 min class periods) focuses on the question, How did the railroad change the economy of the Salinas community?   In particular: Why were the conductor and caboose important to the successful operation of the railroad train? 

Students follow-up with a visit to the House and extend that visit to the adjacent Salinas Valley Railroad Museum, where a tour to a restored caboose is coordinated (right).

Review videos