Isaiah Thomas—Patriot Printer

A Dramatic Presentation for All Audiences

Immerse your students or group in historic primary source materials with a dynamic theatrical presentation about Isaiah Thomas (1749–1831), a printer who was instrumental in starting the American Revolution and then, as the foremost publisher in the Early Republic, created a uniquely American literature and culture.

Actor portrays Isaiah ThomasIn Isaiah Thomas—Patriot Printer a professional actor, wearing a costume and wig, comes directly into your classroom or performance space and impersonates Isaiah Thomas. In an interactive presentation, Thomas tells his own life story and the history of our nation's founding through selected documents that the real Thomas either created or collected. Hear him tell about protesting the Stamp Act, printing the first eyewitness account of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and how he was the first person to give a public reading of the Declaration of Independence in New England.

Thomas's story resonates with audiences of all ages and is perfect for school presentations, historical societies, cultural organizations, senior centers, scout groups, and more.

The Online Curriculum Guide for School Groups

All the historic documents and graphic images described in the theatrical presentation are contained in the online curriculum guide and come from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS). Your students can explore them on their own through the included facsimiles and lesson plans developed by classroom teachers.

Isaiah Thomas—Patriot Printer encourages students to use their research, investigative learning, and critical thinking skills. The program also engages students who may have problems reading and learning in traditional ways through the excitement of a live theatrical presentation and by the variety of learning activities included in the online curriculum guide.

Isaiah Thomas—Patriot Printer adheres to the National Standards for History, the Curriculum Standards for Social Studies developed by the National Council for Social Studies, and to the history and social science curriculum frameworks and standards for the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and New York.

Topics addressed in Isaiah Thomas—Patriot Printer:

  • The American Revolution
  • Events leading up to the American Revolution
  • The beginning and early battles of the war
  • The War of 1812
  • The Early National Period
  • Early American Printing and Publishing
  • Early American Literature
  • The Rise of the Market Economy
  • The Transportation Revolution

Booking and Fees

$400 (additional travel expenses may apply to performances outside of Central Massachusetts)

For further information or to book a performance contact:
Kayla Hopper, Director of Outreach
Phone: 508-471-2129

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