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Chesterwood:
The Workshop of an American Sculptor--
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By looking at Chesterwood: The Workshop of an American Sculptor, students learn about the life and work of an important sculptor and about the important role public sculpture played in turn-of-the-20th century America. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Historic Places of America’s Diverse Culture
The National Register of Historic Places online itinerary Places Reflecting America’s Diverse Cultures highlights the historic places and stories of America’s diverse cultural heritage.  This itinerary seeks to share the contributions various peoples have made in creating American culture and history.

Chesterwood Estate and Museum
Visit Chesterwood's website for more information on the historic house museum and its activities, including a short history and photographs.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
The website for the National Trust, which operates Chesterwood, includes information on Chesterwood and its other historic sites.

Library of Congress
Search the American Memory Collection for primary resources on public sculpture in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The America's Stories from America's Library Collection, designed especially for young people, has a section on Daniel Chester French, including images of some of his work.

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden
Their exhibit, "From Statues to Sculpture," discusses the evolution of American sculpture from 1860 to 1988 and includes an image of another statue of Abraham Lincoln that French created for the capitol in Lincoln, NE, where the gallery is located.

Save Outdoor Sculpture!
The Save Outdoor Sculpture! Web page includes information on outdoor sculptures all over the country and how to appreciate and take care of them. The interactive SOS4KIDS Web page has activities about looking at sculpture and a map to identify important outdoor sculptures in each state.

For Further Reading
Students interested in learning more about Daniel Chester French and his work, may want to read Michael Richman's biography, Daniel Chester French, An American Sculptor (Washington, D.C.: The Preservation Press, 1976).

 

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