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Excellence Through Classics Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Zee Ann Poerio, a Director of Ancient Coins for Education and a member of the ACCG Education and Youth Programs Task Force, served as coordinator for recent American Classical League (ACL) activities in Pittsburgh.

July 24, 2009

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Excellence Through Classics (ETC) as a standing committee of the ACL, regional events were held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to promote the study of Classics at the elementary and middle school levels. The Mayor of Pittsburgh, Luke Raventhal, issued a proclamation honoring the local, state, and national Classics organizations involved in these events and declared July 22 - 24, Allegheny county/Pittsburgh Classics Days.

A series of events coordinated by Zee Ann Poerio, Immediate Past Chair (Public Relations) of ETC, included a tea, tour, and Classics talk for teachers at the historic Gilfillan Farmhouse in Upper St. Clair with British writer Barbara Bell as guest. Bell is author of Minimus Starting Out in Latin, a teaching text for children (Please see article at

The event included presentations at the Carnegie Museum of Art by Barbara Bell; a Fashion Show of ancient costume by Norma Goldman, a scholar in ancient costuming and Pittsburgh native; "Hands On Technology and Archaeology" with Andrew Reinhard of Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers; and "Art, Mythology, Ancient Coins, and Ancient Dining" by Zee Ann Poerio. The museum event included an authentic Roman Cena and the fashion show was held in the Hall of Architecture amidst the Carnegie’s beautiful collection of casts.

A children’s event was held at St. Louise de Marillac Parish Center where Barbara Bell taught the first lesson of Minimus and there was a birthday party honoring the book's 10th year. The final event was held at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore with presentations by Barbara Bell, Norma Goldman, Andrew Reinhard, Zee Ann Poerio, Carrie Kennedy, and George Metz who gave a demonstration in complete Roman Military attire. The next issue of PRIMA, the ETC newsletter online, at will have more details and photos. Poerio offered special thanks to ACL, ETC, the Pennsylvania Classical Association, the Classical Association of Pittsburgh & Vicinity, the Carnegie Museum, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Cambridge University Press, St. Louise de Marillac School and Parish, the Primary Latin Project, and Wayne State University Language department, Ancient Coins for Education, Ancient Coin Collectors Guild, Archaeology magazine, James R. Clifford, Jr., Toni Luvara, Theresa Enyeart, and Jeremy Paterson who greeted the teachers from across the pond from the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

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