American Musicals Project 2016-2017
“My daughter enjoyed exploring musicals that she hadn't seen on Broadway, and linking the issues presented with what she was reading.” - Homeschool Parent
The American Musicals Project teaches American history using the power and emotional energy of musical theater masterworks and extraordinary primary resources from our collections to teach the historical time periods in which these classic musicals take place. 2016-2017 classes include West Side Story and Puerto Rican Migration, 1776 and the Declaration of Independence, Show Boat and Reconstruction, Fiorello! and the Progressive Era, and This is the Army, South Pacific, and On the Town and World War II. Optional homework.
American Musicals Project Series
Ages 11 – 13*
*Students must be the age required for their specific class by the date of the first class.
Fridays from 1:30 – 3 pm
$150 per series, $700 if you book all five.*
Series 1: West Side Story – Puerto Rican Migration
10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4
After World War II, Puerto Ricans migrated to New York in unprecedented numbers to escape poverty and pursue opportunity. Old and new values clashed on the streets of Manhattan. Navigate between the Sharks and the Jets to find out why one would risk danger and difficulty for the promise of a new life?
Series 2: 1776 – Declaration of Independence
11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16
A real life drama played out during the hot summer of 1776 as the Continental Congress drafted and debated the Declaration of Independence. Discover why the Founding Fathers risked treason for the sake of a new state and debate the true rights of men.
Series 3: Show Boat – Reconstruction
1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10
African Americans secured civil rights through the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution after the Civil War, but these amendments and the reconstruction of the South could not curtail extreme racism that subjugated African Americans in the segregated South. Compare Show Boat’s depictions of Reconstruction with primary sources from the period to discover what life was actually like for African Americans.
Series 4: Fiorello! – The Progressive Era
3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7
A child of immigrants, veteran of World War I, and master of many languages, New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia transformed New York City politics. He opposed corrupt Tammany Hall and fought to create a better New York for all it’s residents. Join the protesters and the picket lines and learn why New York City was ripe for reform at the turn of the 20th century.
Series 5: This is the Army, South Pacific, On the Town – World War II
4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26
Americans fought World War II at abroad and at home. To win the war, everyone had to mobilize to serve the Allies’ cause and as a result the lives of Americans changed significantly. Women went to work and white and African Americans fought side by side in combat. Come discover how you might have contributed to the war effort.
*Note: To guarantee your child’s spot in a class, tuition must be paid in full prior to the first session. To receive the discount for booking all five series, complete payment must be submitted before Series 1.