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Innovation in California

     Today California is a lively hub for technological innovation,
but the state began
its written history as an isolated frontier outpost.
     What drove this dramatic change?
     How did new ideas get their start?

Your students can investigate at our state parks -- each one
a case study of California dreams paired with tools and "know-how."

     Rich collections of structures and artifacts are preserved in
the parks to make these stories tangible and exciting. See how visionaries
succeeded --or failed-- within a matrix of social and economic forces.  
Learn how their spirit energizes California today.