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MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Living It Up!

This gallery looks into the daily life of the New England colonist family prior to, during, and after the Revolutionary War. You will see period pieces, their influence, and practical use here in the Boston area. Not only are these artifacts on view at the MFA, but are particularly special to the Boston area, as the artisans who crafted these objects were generally from this area.

Learning Objectives:
Understand the value of primary sources vs. secondary sources
Describe the influence that the New England climate, geography, and resources available shaped the economy and society of this time period
Relate daily life in the 17th and 18th centuries to daily life today
Appreciation of the artifact as well as the artist

Guiding Questions:
What is different from daily life today?
What is similar to life today?
What is missing from these rooms?
How did life change over the course of the Revolution?
Why is it important to keep and preserve these artifacts?

Using this Resource:
The content of this gallery is divided into different sections:

Pre-Revolutionary: Brown-Pearl Hall

Revolutionary Period: The Jaffrey House and Shepard House

Post-Revolutionary: Oak Hill Dining Room, Parlor, and Bedroom

Each contains a picture view of the room, as well as a few objects that can be found in that room.

Created By

Sandy Lemon

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