Today, I went to Oregon City for the first time – it was interesting hearing more about the history behind the Oregon Trail, and how people ended up in that town. I could definitely see parts of the museum being very useful as a field trip for children. I didn’t really learn much about the history of California, besides the gold rush (and even that was quite brief). History was a subject that didn’t interest me much in school because it was not brought to life in middle or high school. I think many educators believe that only elementary students need a more animated structure, but it could really help keep the attention of older kids.