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Monday, April 16, 2012

Patience's Grand Adventure



You may have never heard of Patience Wright who created wax sculptures for important people in England. Born in Philadelphia, she also served as a spy for the American cause during the Revolution. Read all about her in
Patience Wright: America's First Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy by Pegi Deitz Shea.

Here is a sample: "London, England already had a thriving wax-sculpting industry in the late 1700s. So in 1772, American-born Patience Lovell Wright moved across the the Atlantic Ocean, and her sculpting business soared."

Activity:
This is a letter George Washington wrote to Patience. It  is a primary source: a letter written by George Washington himself. It's not only letters but also newspaper and magazine articles written during a person's lifetime.
Can you find a primary source from this year?

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3 comments:

  1. How wonderful it is to read about a woman wax sculptor (or should that be sculptress?). I sure haven't heard of Patience Wright but I'll make certain to check this book out from our library. Love the artwork! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. What an interesting topic...a woman spy...and it takes place in an era I love. Thanks for spotlighting this book.

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