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Inside this box: Lots of intriguing Los Angeles history for kids

Material history brings the past alive for schoolchildren in Boyle Heights

Inside the box is a mystery. And when you’re an inquisitive child, mysteries are irresistible.

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences faculty and graduate and undergraduate students are working with teachers in Boyle Heights to teach local history to schoolchildren through the “History in a Box” project. Their tools: the everyday, tangible objects that are a part of lives present and past in Los Angeles.

Among the areas they touch on are the settlement of Japanese-Americans and Mexican-Americans in the community and the efforts to restore the historic Breed Street Shul — the largest Orthodox synagogue in the western United States from 1915 to 1951. Learn through this video how USC and local teachers are using History in a Box to share knowledge and pride and teach important research skills.

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Inside this box: Lots of intriguing Los Angeles history for kids

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