Writing can take many forms, the products of which are often left behind as clues for historians trying to reconstruct the past. The Wayside Inn collection of documents, books, and objects is a treasure trove of information about the lives of those who lived, worked and visited the property during its 300+ year history. The Wayside Inn Foundation (TWIF) wishes to share some of these resources with curious-minded researchers and historians of all ages, including adolescents.
TWIF will hold a workshop on Saturday, April 4th using postcards to introduce participants aged 6th grade and up to The Wayside Inn’s history of writing as a tool for communication with friends near and far.
The cost is $25. Postcards, stamps, and other materials will be provided. The workshop begins at 10:00 am until 11:30 am. Check in and drop students off at The Wayside Inn reservation desk, 72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, MA.
Register at http://bit.ly/WritingbyTheWayside. The maximum number is 12 students.
SESSION 1: Postcards.
Postcards were (and remain) a cost-effective way to stay in touch with friends and family, send a quick message, and/or share travel stories and images. During this session, participants will:
· Tour Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, a popular destination for visitors from near and far in search of food and lodging for more than 300 years
· Examine vintage postcards (some designed for travelers to purchase and mail; others sent by visitors to staff) from The Wayside Inn Archives
· Discuss how travelers historically used postcards to communicate and record experiences pre-social media
· Consider modern-day twists on postcard correspondence (Postcrossing, mail art projects)
· Draft postcards to send (up to three postcards,with stamps, will be provided from an assortment)
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