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A Thousand Words:
Images and Literacy in U.S. History

A Workshop for K-12 Instructors
Saturday, November 1, 2008
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Reward of 
Merit A Thousand Words is a one day workshop for K-12 instructors that explores images and literacy in the study of United States history.

It will take a multidisciplinary approach to using historic American images in the disciplines of English language arts, history and art. This program will directly benefit the following instructors:

The day will be composed of three distinct sessions.

Rebecca More, director, the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University will deliver the keynote address focusing on how people cognitively process imagery and offering practical case studies of how to integrate images into various curricula. For further information on Professor More and the Sheridan Center please see their website:

AAS curatorial and educational staff will lead a hands-on workshop in "reading" historic images from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society. These images illustrate various significant events and or movements in American history including: the American Revolution, Westward Expansion, Antebellum Reform, Immigration and the Civil War. Teachers will also be able to access these images for use in their classrooms from the Society's free website for teachers

Teresa Vilardi, director, the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking will lead a second workshop on writing about these images. Please follow this link for further information on Professor Vilardi and the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking.

For questions or additional information please contact, Amy Sopcak-Joseph at asopcak[at]


All events take place on the campus of the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. Directions to AAS


Cost: $30 includes coffee and refreshments, lunch and all materials

Register online or

download a flyer with a registration form if you would prefer to register by mail.

For additional information, contact Education Coordinator, Amy Sopcak-Joseph by phone at 508-471-2129, or by e-mail at asopcak[at]


Workshop Sponsor

This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAVIC) at the American Antiquarian Society. CHAVIC seeks to provide opportunities for educators to learn about American visual culture and resources, to promote awareness of AAS collections, and to stimulate research and intellectual inquiry into American visual materials.