WCHS 3rd Grade Programs
The Society is actively engaged in supporting the local history requirements in area schools through running the following programs:
Living History Program 1906 ~ In the fall and spring, local third graders are invited to participate in the Living History Program 1906. Classes spend a day at the museum and relive Walnut Creek's history. Docents play characters who lived at the Shadeland's Fruit Ranch in 1906 and help students do chores, play games, tour the chocolate-colored redwood house, visit the Japanese workers bunkhouse, see the water tower, examine the basement, collect herbs, and plant seeds in the slow food garden.
Walking History Tour ~ As a compliment to the Living History Program, the Society provides guided tours of Walnut Creek's downtown for local third grade classes. On weekday mornings during the fall and spring, docents lead students down Main Street, pointing out historic structures and explaining the history of the city. The students carry our new booklet specially designed to enhance the tours with "then" and "now" photographs of all the sites covered. Funding from sponsors has made it possible to provide copies of the booklets to each student free of charge so they can take them home and share what they have learned with their families. Through the tour, the students are able to gain a glimpse of local history from the pre-Columbian period to the present day.