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Oregon teachers are invited to register for a FREE workshop in Portland hosted by George Washington's Mount Vernon and the Portland Art Museum.

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Portland Art Museum

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How does art deepen our understanding of the past and how that past shapes our modern realities? How can Native American art provide new perspectives on the settling and creation of the United States and westward expansion? Join scholars, curators, and museum educators on October 14 at the Portland Art Museum for an all-day workshop to investigate the history of Native Americans from Washington’s time through the colonization of the Pacific Northwest through primary sources and art. Participants will learn new methodologies, interact with scholars, and explore the galleries. Return to your classroom with new strategies and resources for integrating visual art into the social sciences and language arts curricula.


9:00am Registration and Coffee
9:30am Welcome and Outcomes for the Day
9:45am  LECTURE: Early America and Native American Colonization in the 18th Century
11:00am CLASSROOM APPLICATION: Primary Source Workshop
12:00pm Lunch (Provided) and Resource Overview
12:45pm  LECTURE: Western Colonization & the Museum as a Site for Decolonization
1:45pm Teaching with Objects in the Galleries and in the Classroom