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Saturday Seminar:

Colonial New England Family Life

Led by
Dr. Charlotte Haller, Worcester State College

Saturday, December 1, 2007
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Goddard-Daniels House
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 taught 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 Laura Wasowicz, Curator of Children's Literature at the American Antiquarian Society

9:45-10:30 Workshop: Children's Literature in Colonial New England in Antiquarian Hall

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:30 Overview Lecture: African and Native American Families in Colonial New England

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


To For more information, please contact Amy Sopcak-Joseph at (508) 471-2129 or asopcak[at]


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