Constructing History from Primary
This curriculum project is designed
to work with this website, and the exhibit From Paris to Providence:
Fashion, Art, and the Tirocchi Dressmaker's Shop, 1915 - 1947 at
the RISD Museum, although visiting the exhibit in person will not
be required. Our main objective is to introduce students to the
principles and joys of historical research.
Students will learn the methods that historians
use to collect and process information. 514 BROADWAY is a secondary
source presenting the stories implicit in the records, artifacts,
and other materials discovered in the Tirocchi shop. The DATABASES
offer access to the primary sources. The EXHIBITION showcases objects
from the shop in an art historical context, and the ESSAYS offer
supplemental scholarly resources.
The guide offers you suggestions, activities and
lesson plans for bringing the material to life for your students,
while guiding you on ways to use the web site. Developed for middle
school Social Studies students, much of this curriculum can be adapted
for teachers of other disciplines and age groups to meet Standards
in English/Language Arts and Visual Arts as well.
This curriculum guide was developed by Laureen
Cervone with assistance from Carole Villucci, Pam Parmal, Susan
Hay and David Henry at the RISD Museum. Please direct feedback on
the educational component of the Tirocchi Dressmakers Project to