OK, so the other day catscradle
's LJ had a comment in it that eventually ended up mentioning the Bread & Roses strike, which in turn reminded me of the field trips I took in school to the Lawrence and Lowell fabric mill "parks" (yes, they used to have us walk around old mills and talk about industrial mill life and labor unions). Then today I was walking back from lunch and saw these two big yellow schoolbuses from Clayton County Schools... and I thought FIELD TRIPS!
Probably because my (public) school system was a big fat school system with lots of money in a middle of an area (Boston) with lots and lots to see, I went on LOTS of field trips. I'm always interested in what all (ut oh! think that's a Southernism!) people went to see in their local areas as kids growing up (if in fact you did... some people probably didn't).
Here are mine, many of which I visited multiple times. I'm only listing the "educational" ones, not the fun ones like amusement parks and whatnot.
- Lowell Heritage State Park (old fabric mills, industrial processes and labor movment -- Lowell, MA)
- Lawrence, MA old fabric mills
- Old Sturbridge Village (rual colonial Massachusetts life)
- Boston Museum of Science
- Boston Museum of Fine Arts
- Boston Children's Museum
- Computer Museum (since closed, but was the best, first place I ever saw or used a mouse! - Boston, MA)
- Peabody Museum (history of Cape Ann sailing, shipping, whaling, plus China trade - Salem, MA)
- House of the Seven Gables (as in Hawthorne - Salem, MA)
- Salem Witch Museum (Salem, MA)
- Fogg Art Museum (Harvard U., Cambridge, MA)
- Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (Harvard U., Cambridge, MA)
- Andover Historical Society (18th century home in my hometown - Andover, MA)
- Fanueil / Quincy Hall Market (in middle school we ALWAYS went there after the educaitonal part - Boston MA)
He he, guess you can see why I always think Atlanta has no good museums to go to.
There are some more I can't think of, I'm sure, plus smaller trips with specific classes. I'm sure I went to a bunch of Revolutionary War type places, historic cemeteries, more industrial history type places, etc. For a band trip I got to go to Lincoln Center, Statue of Liberty, Philadelphia Mint and Six Flags over New Jersey. Also in sixth grade my whole class (three rooms of kids) went for a WEEK at Horizons for Youth, one of those amazing places where you spend a lot of time hiking, learning about nature and doing fun team-building stuff -- and NOBODY PICKED ON ME! :)