Chancellor's Day Teacher Workshop- Unsettling the American West: Rewriting Narratives of Westward Expansion

Thu, Jun 7, 2018 @ 9:00am - 3:00pm

The American West conjures images of gold, grit, glory, and progress, but too often omits histories of native and immigrant populations. Join MOCA in contemplating the discriminatory impact of gold rush-era legislation and the legacy of the rallying cry “The Chinese Must Go!” on Chinese and Chinese American populations in the West and Pacific Northwest.


Spend the day touring MOCA’s exhibitions, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America and On the Shelves of Kam Wah Chung & Co: General Store and Apothecary in John Day, Oregon; exploring primary sources from our collections; and participating in hands-on activities that encourage you to consider (and reconsider) the moral implications of manifest destiny, heroic narratives of frontier life, and other romanticized notions of westward expansion. The day will culminate with an opportunity to collaborate with peers on joint lesson or unit plans.

$25/participant. Coffee & lunch included. Click here for ticket purchase.


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Image Credit: Pacific Chivalry, Harper’s Weekly, 7 August 1869.