Colonial New England Family Life
Dr. Charlotte Haller, Worcester State College
Saturday, December 1, 2007
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
American Antiquarian Society
This seminar looked at colonial history through the lens of children.s
lives in colonial America in order to help teachers make connections
with their students, particularly at the elementary level. Dr.
Charlotte Haller provided an illustrated overview of Puritan family
life. Using the rich collections of the American Antiquarian Society,
the seminar included hands-on work with the children's literature
collection, as well as a presentation by Laura Wasowicz, Curator of
Children's Literature. Each participant received a reproduction copy of
The New England Primer, one of the most popular school books that
letters, reading, and religion to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century
children. Dr. Haller also provided insight into the lives of African
and Native American families, which are much more difficult for
historians to document.
8:00-9:10 Lecture: "Little Commonwealths: Puritan Family Life"
in the Goddard-Daniels House
9:15-9:45 Overview: "Eighteenth-Century Children's Literature" by
Wasowicz, Curator of Children's Literature at the
9:45-10:30 Workshop: Children's Literature in Colonial New England
10:45-11:30 Overview Lecture: African and Native American Families
11:30-12:30 Workshop: Everyday Life in Colonial New England
12:35-12:55 Discussion: Wrap-up and classroom applications
12:55- 1:00 Conclusion
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