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MD-277081-21Public Programs: Digital Projects for the Public: Discovery GrantsThomas Cole Historic HouseA New Digital Game Engaging K-6 Students with American History through American Art3/1/2021 - 2/28/2022$30,000.00ElizabethBondJacks   Thomas Cole Historic HouseCatskillNY12414-1027USA2020U.S. HistoryDigital Projects for the Public: Discovery GrantsPublic Programs300000300000

Development of a 3D digital game based on paintings by Thomas Cole (1801–48) exploring early American history.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) will address an urgent need in our society to support K-6 schoolchildren in developing an understanding of the history of the United States from multiple viewpoints so they may better understand current events and the choices that impact our future. The proposed project is the Discovery Phase in the creation of a new digital learning experience that uses American art to teach American history and support curriculum standards. The TCNHS digital game will focus on the period in American History between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War when the artist and writer Thomas Cole was active and the nation was experiencing rapid cultural change not unlike today. This project addresses the “A More Perfect Union” initiative by using artwork as an entry point to consider how the first generation of American citizens grappled with the effects of the United States constitution and related humanities themes.