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5 Haunted Places in The United States

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October is the spookiest month of year, full of ghosts, goblins, haunted houses, and scary stories. If you like scary stories, here are 5 haunted places in the United States – and WorldStrides visits them all! The White House, Washington, D.C. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in…

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History Fun Facts: January 4-10

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This Week in History… January 7, 1789: The first presidential election in the United States takes place. When George Washington was first elected, the Senate proposed that he be called by the official title “His Highness the President of the United States of America and…

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Pier 39

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Pier 39 is located on the northernmost point of San Francisco’s peninsula. It is home to over 110 stores, 11 restaurants, and countless attractions. From the pier, you can see Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, San Francisco Bay, and the city skyline….

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The United Nations is Formally Established

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The first organization of countries was the League of Nations, which was founded in 1919 under the Treaty of Versailles. Its main goal was “to promote international cooperation and to achieve peace and security,” but just a few years after its founding, World War II…

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Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum

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The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum was built in the one-room school style recognizable from “Little House on the Prairie.” Usually a potbellied stove was located in the center of the room to provide heat, and the teacher’s desk stood on a dais (small platform) in…

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California State Railroad Museum

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When the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869, travel across the country was forever changed. Instead of taking six months by wagon, the railroad allowed information, merchandise, and people to travel from coast to coast in 10 days. The California State Railroad Museum retells the…

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California State Capitol

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The California State Capitol Building was completed in 1874 and cost $2.4 million to complete. It is home to the state’s governor as well as the branches of the state government. Did you know? Richard Nixon, our 37th President, is the only native Californian to…

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Exploratorium

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Located at Piers 15 and 17 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, the Exploratorium is a museum of science and art that features over 650 explore-for-yourself exhibits. This scientific funhouse was founded in 1969 by famous physicist Dr. Frank Oppenheimer. At the museum, you can touch a…

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Featured Program: Young Entrepreneurship at UCLA

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Do you have an idea for the next “big thing” in business? Or were you an enterprising young person who actually had a successful lemonade stand? What about an idea for a new piece of technology? Or are you interested in building a company from…

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Sutter’s Fort

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John Sutter, an immigrant from Switzerland, built Sutter’s Fort on land that was granted to him by the Mexican Government. It was designed to protect his 50,000 acres of land and provide shelter and protection to weary travelers. In 1847, the fort provided relief to…

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