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Introduction to MyTown

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Welcome to MyTown, a social studies program for California third graders that addresses over half of the Grade Three History-Social Science Standards. MyTown can be used with a whole class of students or can be set up as a center in your classroom. On this site you will find resources that support the curriculum materials. To purchase the MyTown curriculum, click here.

An Orientation to MyTown

Please click here to take our quick (3 questions) survey.


MyTown CD Download

1. Download and save the zip file to your computer. Note the location you are saving the zip file in.

2. After the zip filehas finished downloading the downloaded file your computer, the file is  named

3. Select the file and unzip/extract all the files in to your computer. Note the location you are saving the file.

4. Locate and open the unzipped/extracted folder, click on MyTown for PC or MyTown for MAC to start the presentation.

If you transfer MyTown to a CD, please be sure to copy all the files and folders that were unzipzzed/extracted.

If you have any questions, please contact us at


Click on the image below to download the zip file.

IMPORTANT: Save the zip file to your comuter first.


MyTown Character Cutouts

Character Cutouts

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MyTown Community Links

Community Links

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Fresno (city site)
Fresno (historical society)
San Joaquin


Los Angeles County

Antelope Valley

Echo Park (history Silverlake)
Hollywood (historic society)
Hollywood (stories of Hollywood)
Lincoln Heights  
Downtown Los Angeles (historical Olvera Street)
Los Angeles (historic monument)
Silver Lake (community web site)

Crescenta Valley
Eagle Rock
La Canada Flintridge
Crescenta Valley

Pomona Valley
Claremont (city web site)
Claremont (historic)
Diamond Bar
La Verne (city web site)
La Verne (historic)
San Dimas (community web site)
San Dimas (historic)

San Fernando Valley
San Fernando Valley  (valley observed)
San Fernando Valley – (digital library, historical)
Agoura Hills
Burbank (city web site)
Burbank (historical society)
Burbank, (multiple sources)
Calabasas (city web site)
Calabasas (historical society)
Canoga Park (historical society)
Canoga Park (Conoga Park Centennial)
Granada Hills (history 1881 to 1949)
Granada Hills (Chamber of Commerce)
Hidden Hills
San Fernando
Studio City
Toluca Lake
Topanga Canyon
Woodland Hills-Tarzana

San Gabriel Valley
Altadena History
Arcadia (historic society)
Arcadia (city web site)
Arroyo Seco, Pasadena,
Azusa (historic society)
Azusa (city web site)
Bradbury City dd
Citrus Valley
Covina Valley
El Monte
Monrovia (city web site)
Monrovia (historic society)
Monterey Park
Pasadena (city web site)
Pasadena (historic society)
San Marino
South Pasadena History
Temple City
West Covina

Santa Clarita Valley
Santa Clarita
Santa Clarita Valley  

South Bay

Hermosa Beach
Manhattan Beach
Mar Vista
Palos Verdes (Article from local realtor)
Rancho Palos Verdes (city web site)
Redondo Beach (Short article from historical society)
Redondo Beach (city web site)
Redondo Beach (local realtor)

Southeastern County
Downey  (city web site)
Downey  (History)
Hawaiian Gardens
Highland Park
Huntington Park
La Mirada
Lakewood (history city web site)
Lakewood  (city web site)
Lakewood  (library)
Pico Rivera
Santa Fe Springs
Signal Hill
South Gate
Vernon (city web site)
Vernon (history)

Beverly Hills
Culver City
Malibu  (city web site)
Malibu's (Chamber of Commerce)
Malibu (political history of fire coast)
Marina del Rey 
Marina del Rey
Pacific Palisades
Playa del Rey  (history)
Playa Vista (development)
Playa Vista (chamber of commerce)
Santa Monica
In the Canyon History  (Santa Monica)
Venice (history)
Venice  (part 2 history)

Los Angeles (local history library)
Los Angeles (river history)
Los Angeles (treasures - historical KTLA)
Los Angeles (historical)
Los Angeles (Almanac)
Los Angeles (county library history)
Los Angeles (past, present and future USC)
Los Angeles (picture gallery, history)
West Los Angeles (the west perspective)

Orange County

Orange County (county website)
Oranage County (memories)
Orange County (history roundup)
Orange County (government)

Riverside County
Cathedral City
Indian Wells
Moreno Valley  (city web site)
Moreno Valley (historic timeline)
Palm Springs
Rancho Mirage
San Jacinto
Temecula (historic society)
Temecula (city web site)
Temecula  (history chronological)

Riverside County


 Sacramento County


Sacramento (historical society)

Folsom (museum)

Folsom (city site)

Elk Grove (historical society)

Elk Grove (city site)

Rancho Cordova


Isleton (historical society)

Citrus Heights

Galt (city site)

Galt (historical society)

Fair Oaks

San Bernardino County

Big Bear (resort association history)
Big Bear Valley (historical society)
Grand Terrace
Green Valley Lake
Hesperia City
Loma Linda
Mojave Desert
Rancho Cucamonga
Redlands (historic society)
Redlands (city web site)
Rialto (story)
San Bernardino (city web site)
San Bernardino (historic society)
Rim of the World
Twentynine Palms
Upland (history)
Victor Valley

San Bernardino County (county web site)
San Bernardino County, California (history network)

San Diego

San Diego 
La Mesa 
La Jolla 
Chula Vista 
Coronado (museum)
Coronado (city site)
Del Mar 
Escondido (city site)
Escondido (history center) 
Oceanside (historical society) 
Oceanside (city site) 
Carlsbad (city site)
Carlsbad (historical society)

Ventura County


MyTown Resources

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We need you to share your ideas, links, and resources to make MyTown even better. Please e-mail them to us and we will display them here. 

MyTown Background
MyTown is an amalgamation of stories typical of some California towns of the 1800s set before the civil war and the coming of the railroad, but after the Gold Rush. There were a handful of Ranchos still family owned by the 1850’s, but they were selling land for settlements, agriculture, and later, to the railroad companies. In our story, the Torres family was able to hang on to at least some of their property.

In the 1850's, families continued to come west, often organizing wagon trains in St. Louis or St. Joseph, Missouri. MyTown does not specify a particular trial taken by the settlers so that students might imagine their trail close to their own community in Northern, Central, or Southern California.

California was home to more than 100 tribes of American Indians who lived in different regions and relied on different natural resources. MyTown does not specify a particular tribe living on its land so that students might imagine its location to be more northern or southern.

The diseno used in MyTown is loosely based on the Diseno del Ranchos San Lorenzo (Castro y Soto). To see this and other California disenos  visit Calisphere and search "rancho map."

MyTown artist, Martha C. Wilson, used historical photographs to create the characters and families. CRF is in the process of acquiring permissions to post the historic photos for your students.

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