PREVIEW: Westward Expansion & the Gold Rush (K-8)

"Westward Expansion and the Gold Rush" is a 45-minute interactive program for grades K-8.

Dave leads students on a fun-filled musical journey back to 19th-century America. Starting with the Cumberland Gap, Lewis and Clark, and the Erie Canal, this program walks students across the Mississippi River and out to the Oregon Trail and California as they answer questions, act out songs, move, laugh, sing, wonder and inquire.

Topics covered include the motivations to move west, the routes, the wagon trains, the Gold Rush, relations with – and effects on – the Native people, and more.