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Terra cotta busts of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, made in the 18th century by Jean-Antoine Houdon

The Impact of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington

Using Jean-Antoine Houdon’s portraits of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, students will explore the life stories of these figures to deepen their understanding of the importance of individual political and social contributions during the American Revolutionary period.
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The Apotheosis of Franklin and Washington

Perceptions of the Founding Generation

Students will use the Houdon exhibit to analyze different ways Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were perceived in the face of many challenges and conflicts during the American Revolutionary period.
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Dr. Franklin Crowned by Liberty

Core Democratic Values, Past and Present

Through the use of Core Democratic Values (CDV) and the Houdon exhibition materials, students will explore the ways in which ideals promoted by the founding generation connect to the present.
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"Election Day 1844," 1913. Edward Lamson Henry, American, 1841-1919. Oil on canvas. Manoogian collection

American Spectacle: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection

Students will analyze American art from historical, geographic, and economic perspectives to propose solutions to a current, local challenge.
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Stone carving

Knight at the Museum

Through classroom and museum experiences students will deepen their understanding of the writing process, specifically in the areas of symbolism, descriptive writing and character development within the genre of fantasy.

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