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PASS - 50 States in 60 Minutes

PASS - 50 States in 60 Minutes

November 7th, 2017
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.
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500 years of American history in this fast, funny - and informative - tour de farce!

Hold on to your hats for a breakneck tour of 500 years of American history in this fast, funny - and informative - tour de farce!

In one high-energy hour, students will come face to face with Columbus, the Pilgrims, the Salem “witches”, George Washington, the Boston Tea Partiers, the framers of the Constitution, the Missouri Compromisers, Levi Strauss and his Blue Jeans, and the Gettysburg Address – and that's just in the first 35 minutes!

Add in Thomas Edison, the invention of the movies, WWI & II, the Great Depression (“don't worry, nothing like this will ever happen again …”), FDR, the Cold War, the Boomers, Martin Luther King, Jr, Vietnam, 1970's fashion, Reagan and Gorbachev, and the invention of the internet, and you've got a funny – but still useful – overview of the greatest social experiment in world history.

This should get your students curious about some of the fun backstories of US History.

Recommended Grades: 3 – 6 grades
Approximate Length: 60 minutes
Location: Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Presented by: Cinema Academy/GreatWorks

To teachers:

A part of the DAAC Performing Arts Series for Students (PASS) designed to open doors to learning through the performing arts. Seven high quality shows have been chosen with your students in mind. Please reserve seats for the program(s) that best suit the needs of your class. Remember, the learning continues in the classroom long after the performance is over.

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Thank you to PASS sponsors:

  • Decatur Area Arts Council
  • Amherst Hardy Foundation
  • John Ullrich Foundation Trust
  • Tate & Lyle North America, Inc.
  • Homefield Energy/Dynegy Energy Services
  • Kirkland Fine Arts Center
  • Illinois Arts Council Agency


Fee: $5 per student Nonmember: $5 per student


Types: Kids, Teachers


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