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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
It was the largest rapid migration in United States history. The Dust Bowl forced tens of thousands of families to abandon their farms and homes in the Midwest and migrate to California, seeking a better life.
To inspire children and educate them about where some of their grandparents came from, Cal State Bakersfield will host a Play for Children: Dust Bowl Dreams event this weekend.
Kicking off at 11 a.m. Saturday, parents and children can learn from the past with hands-on activities about how the Dust Bowl started.
Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Dr. Anne Houtman, dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering, talked about the reason for the Dust Bowl event.
"We want Kern County kids to start looking at themselves as scientists, engineers, nurses and as Roadrunners," Houtman said. "They will learn the science behind the Dust Bowl."
It's the first year CSUB will put on the event; Houtman said she hopes it will become an annual experience.
Dust Bowl stories will be told through live music, storytelling, puppetry and folk dance in a play written by a CSUB Theater faculty member.
General admission is $5 and it's free for children 12 and under. For information, visit www.csub.edu or call 654-3150.