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Students are docents in the Ancient Coin Museum

A Pittsburgh elementary school teacher promotes classics through the study of ancient coins and finds support in many places.

June 30, 2005

Last year, Zee Ann Poerio, a teacher at St. Louise de Marillac School, organized an Ancient Coin Museum through the support of Ancient Coins for Education, the American Numismatic Association, and Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. - a well known numismatist from Chicago. Poerio who serves as the Vice-Chair of the Excellence Through Classics Committee of the American Classical League, as a member on the Board of Directors for Ancient Coins for Education, and as a member of the Education and Youth Programs Task Force of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild developed the museum to promote coins and classics. This museum now serves as a model for 5 other Ancient School Museums across the country. The museum was honored at the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money in Pittsburgh, presented at the American Classical League Summer Institute at Miami University of Ohio, featured at a teacher workshop for the Augusta County Institute of Classical Studies in Virginia, and displayed at local numismatic events for children and adults. (For information on last year's event see http://www.bitsofhistory.com/ace/press_release/Coinage.html an article in COINage Magazine.)

This year the Ancient Coin Museum will reopen at the St. Louise de Marillac Parish Center in Pittsburgh on April 22, 23 & 24, during the American Numismatic Association's National Coin Week. The school is located at 310 McMurray Road. The theme is "The World of Money." At the American Classical League Summer Institute last year, classics teachers and organizations were asked to plan events that feature LATIN and GREEK in conjunction with the Year of Languages, (see http://www.yearoflanguages.org ) an initiative of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. In response to this call, the event will feature a COINS AND CLASSICS theme. The Ancient Coin Museum is used as a teaching tool to discuss the origins of money while incorporating languages through the inscriptions of ancient coins, as well as ancient history, art, myth, and its influence on modern coinage from around the world. Friday will feature speakers, visits from school students, and informal talks open to the public. Local numismatists (and hopefully some of the wonderful and knowledgeable ACE supporters from around the country) will participate and students from neighboring schools will be invited.

Cathy Scaife, an active Classicist and Latin teacher from Lexington KY will be a special guest at the event. Scaife is also an Assistant Seminar Teacher with the American Numismatic Association "Coins in the Classroom" program. In addition, she serves with Poerio as a member on the Ancient Coins for Education Board of Directors. She will speak on the evolution of money from barter to coins and the methods of minting ancient coins. She will also discuss an ARCHAEOLOGY SIMULATION project and present other coin-related activities. Scaife has started an Ancient Coin Museum at her high school. In addition to speaking to the student visitors on Friday, Scaife will present a TEACHER WORKSHOP at the museum on Saturday morning. Her target audience would be middle and high school classics and history teachers but information could be adapted for teachers at all levels. The workshop also includes a guided tour of the museum with Zee Ann Poerio, Museum Curator, and classroom activites using the museum as a resource. Each workshop participant will receive an ancient coin, resources, lesson plans, light refreshments, and more.

Ancient Coins for Education will continue to support this event with educational materials and ancient coins as door prizes for the museum exhibit. The US Mint has also provided literature and materials to distribute. The Excellence Through Classics committee of the American Classical League is also helping to support this event with a small grant that was used to purchase additional materials for the museum and CONTESTS for students in conjunction with the museum. There will be an ancient pottery reproduction contest for high school students and a poster contest for younger students. Local school students will also be invited to participate by reading myths in different languages including LATIN and GREEK. For more information, contact, Zee Ann Poerio at zeepoerio@aol.com.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
April 22 - April 24.

FRIDAY April 22nd:
PRIVATE PREVIEW FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
OPEN TO PUBLIC and SCHOOL VISITS 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

RECEPTION, MUSEUM TALKS, MUSIC, & MYTHS READ IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

SATURDAY MORNING April 23rd
SHARE THE WEALTH WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS 8:30 - 12:00.
Speakers: Cathy Scaife
Zee Ann Poerio


SATURDAY EVENING APRIL 24TH:
MUSEUM OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 6:30 PM TO 8:30PM

SUNDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON APRIL 25TH:
MUSEUM OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

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ancient coin museum
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zee ann poerio
national coin week
harlan j. berk
american classical league
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