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Coming of Age

The Coming of Age project is a series of packets of primary source materials, lesson plans, and background essays that examine key moments when America came of age.

The key moments in U.S. history examined by the Coming of Age project are:

  • The War of 1812 and the Hartford Convention
  • The Panic of 1837
  • Temperance and the Age of Reform
  • The Compromise of 1850
Each packet contains:
  • Primary source historic documents
  • Primary source graphic images
  • Introductory background essays for teachers
  • Introductory background essays for students
  • Background notes for all primary source materials
  • Multidisciplinary lesson plans developed by classroom teachers
  • Interactive classroom activities
Designed for eighth or ninth-grade students and funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Coming of Age was developed by the American Antiquarian Society, Old Sturbridge Village, the Worcester Historical Museum, and the Worcester Public Schools.

All materials will soon be available on the web free of charge.
Please watch this space for further information and a link to the Coming of Age website.

For further information please contact either individual below.

James David Moran
Director of Outreach
American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Phone (508) 471-2131
Fax: (508) 754-9069
E-mail: jmoran[at]
Bill Hatzberger
Coordinator of Education
Old Sturbridge Village
One Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Phone: (508) 347-3362
Fax: (508) 347-0263
E-Mail: bhatz[at]



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