Class Visits and Group Tours

 

College and University Class Visits

These class visits serve to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to archival research methods and allow them the opportunity to interact with primary source documents through independent research or guided discussion. Topics for show-and-tells and workshops can be customized based on class interests, with active collaboration between the instructor and AAS staff, though the instructor is generally responsible for leading the class discussion. Though we welcome class visits as often as possible, due to time and space constraints we are not able to accommodate every request. Please see below for further details and to request a visit:

    School Visit at AAS
  • To schedule a visit, contact Kimberly Toney at ktoney@mwa.org as soon as you begin to plan for a class visit. A minimum of a month’s notice is required, and not all groups can be accommodated.
  • Class visits usually last between 45 and 90 minutes, sometimes longer. Visits may include a tour, a workshop with collection materials, independent research time in the reading room, or some combination of all three.
  • We can most comfortably accommodate a maximum of 20 students for class visits. If your group is larger, please ask about the possibilities for accommodating your group.
  • If you plan to do a collection workshop, the instructor(s) planning the visit are expected to take an active role in choosing collection material ahead of time. AAS staff members can also help select items upon request. Instructors are also expected to present material to students in the workshop setting. AAS staff will be responsible for managing the display and care of the collection items. More information about this process will be available upon scheduling.
  • If you plan to have students conduct independent research in the reading room, all students will be required to register for My Web AAS accounts before arrival (https://aeon.mwa.org/), and instructor(s) will submit a roster of student names. Students will also be expected to submit no more than 5 item requests through My Web AAS ahead of their visit. Students planning to use the reading room for research are required to provide photo-identification, usually in the form of a school ID.
  • Class visits may be subject to fees. Details will be discussed at the time of scheduling.

 

Grades 6–12 Class Visits

School Visit at AASA class visit can be a great way to introduce your students to special collections, the research process, and original primary sources. Topics for show-and-tells and workshops can be customized based on class interests, with active collaboration between the instructor and AAS staff. Though we welcome class visits as often as possible, due to time and space constraints we are not able to accommodate every request. Please see below for further details and to request a visit:

  • To schedule a visit, contact Kayla Hopper at khopper@mwa.org as soon as you begin to plan for a class visit. A minimum of a month’s notice is required, and not all groups can be accommodated.
  • Students must be in grades 6 through 12 for class visits.
  • Class visits usually last between 45 and 90 minutes. They may include a tour, a collection show-and-tell, and/or a workshop with collection materials.
  • We can most comfortably accommodate a maximum of 20 students for class visits. If your group is larger, please ask about the possibilities for accommodating your group.
  • If you plan to do a show-and-tell or collection workshop, the instructors planning the visit are expected to take an active role in choosing the collection material. AAS staff members can also help select and present the items upon request. Instructors have the option of also presenting the material. AAS staff will be responsible for managing the display and care of the collection items. More information about this process will be available upon scheduling.
  • Class visits may be subject to fees. Details will be discussed at the time of scheduling.

 

Professional Development Workshops

Our professional development workshops are designed to inspire teachers personally and professionally, deepening their content knowledge and energizing their teaching with hands-on activities with original primary source materials, digital tools, and active collaboration with each other and AAS staff. We welcome individual departments as well as district-wide workshops.

Workshop at AASSome common topics for show-and-tells and workshops include: News in the American Revolution; Civil War Visual Culture; Introduction to Visual Culture; Introduction to Historical Research; Social Reform in the Nineteenth Century; and New England and Western Mining. These topics are simply suggestions, however, and we can also work with your group to develop a program around a topic pertinent to your needs.

Workshop at AASThough we welcome professional development workshops as often as possible, due to time and space constraints we are not able to accommodate every request. Please see below for further details and to request a visit:

  • To schedule a visit, contact Kayla Hopper at khopper@mwa.org as soon as you begin to plan for a group visit. A minimum of a month’s notice is required, and not all groups can be accommodated.
  • Professional development workshops usually last between 90 minutes and 3 hours. They may include a tour in addition to a workshop with facsimiles and/or collection materials.
  • We can most comfortably accommodate a maximum of 25 people in professional development workshops. If your group is larger, please ask about the possibilities for accommodating your group.
  • Modified professional development workshops are also available for off-site programs, where AAS staff will come to your location and conduct a workshop using facsimiles and/or a teaching collection of original material.
  • Professional development workshops are subject to fees. Details will be discussed at the time of scheduling.

 

Group Tours

Tour at AASThe Society can schedule private tours for groups over 10 people, such as historical and professional societies, senior centers, and clubs. Though we welcome group tours as often as possible, due to time and space constraints we are not able to accommodate every request. Please see below for further details and to request a visit:

  • To schedule a visit, contact Kayla Hopper at khopper@mwa.org as you begin to plan for a group visit. A minimum of a month’s notice is required, and not all groups can be accommodated.
    Tour at AAS
  • Group visits usually last between 60 and 90 minutes. They may include a tour or a tour and collection show-and-tell.
  • We can most comfortably accommodate a maximum of 30 people in a group tour. If your group is larger, please ask about the possibilities for accommodating your group.
  • Up to 15 collection items may be requested for a show-and-tell. AAS staff members can help select the items upon request and will be on hand to present them during the visit.
  • Group tours are subject to fees. Details will be discussed at the time of scheduling.

 

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