Section Assignment | | Final Paper
On the basis of what you have learned from exploring the Harper's
Weekly illustration and the related links on this Web site,
answer the following questions:
on this thumbnail image to see the full-sized version in the
- What does the arrangement of artifacts tell you about
popular understandings of New England history in the 1870s?
- What role do the captions play in this portrayal?
- How did the journalists who wrote about the exhibit understand
- Judging from the clothing worn by the women and the tools
and activities portrayed, what period or periods are represented?
- Which if any of the relics displayed in Philadelphia in
1876 was an authentic "Pilgrim" relic?
- Which if any date from the revolutionary period (circa
- Compare the Harper's image with the other
views of the New England Farm House on the Web site.
How do these images alter your understanding of the exhibit?
- What 19th century perceptions portrayed in the exhibit
Later in the semester, we will supply detailed instructions for
the final paper. Basically, it will ask you to redesign an existing
museum, monument, or exhibit or to prepare a proposal for a new
one. As you work through the Old-Time Farm-House site, be thinking
of ways to use it in a final project.