And The Rest is History, Stories of America's Children

August 2, 2011 - July 28, 2012
Reading Library

This exhibit explores history through picture books. What better way to engage with American history than stories featuring children who lived it? Arranged chronologically from settlers in the 17th century to civil rights protesters in the 20th century, these books illustrate childhood experiences through American history. The images bring the past to life, conveying emotions and historic details beyond the text. Look closely at the images on the wall and in the books—what do you see that tells you these are stories about the past? How have the artists used color, medium, and technique to convey the setting and emotions of the children? Are there clues that indicate some of the children’s well-known achievements as adults?

Curated by Francesca Balboni, Trinkett Clark Intern.