Picturing America Collection on view at the South Yarmouth Library

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Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California,
1865 Albert Bierstadt
Picturing AmericaSM tells the story of America through its art. Our nation is united by our devotion to shared ideals. Great American art can help us ensure these ideals are studied, passed on, and remembered. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) developed Picturing America as a tool to help teach
American history and provide students with a gateway to the entire universe of the humanities. It features works by artists ranging from early American Indian artists to painters Mary Cassatt and Thomas Hart Benton; from photographers Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange to architects Frank Lloyd Wright and William Van Alen. In partnership with the American Library Association, the NEH is distributing large, high-quality reproductions of these works, free of charge, to schools and libraries nationwide, along with materials and lesson plans for use
by educators. These materials unlock the potential of the works of art, enhancing the study of American history, social studies, language arts, literature, and civics. This booklet presents all of the Picturing America images with numbers corresponding to the reproductions in the collection. To view the images with detailed information on the artist, inspiration, and historic or thematic
significance, please visit PicturingAmerica.neh.gov. Picturing America helps us understand our democracy by reintroducing us to our common heritage and ideals. It brings us face to face with the people, places, and events that
have shaped our country, and provides an innovative way to experience America’s history through our nation’s art.
BRUCE COLE, Chairman
National Endowment for the Humanities

Come and visit this wonderful collection at the South Yarmouth Library or browse the collection at the link below.