American Splendor: Creating An American Identity, 1825-1860

Date: October 28, 2006

Location: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT, 860-278-2670
Time: 9:00-2:30
Contact Hours: 5 Cost: $50 (lunch included)
Cutoff Date: October 10
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On July 4, 1826, two of America’s Founding Fathers and presidents died on the 50th anniversary of the birth of the country they helped create. What would be the basis of American identity now that wars with England were over? This would be a time of Jackson, Manifest Destiny, the panic of 1837, the Erie Canal, technological breakthroughs, geological breakthroughs, the rise of American literature, religious upheavals, social reform movements, all preludes to the Civil War. During this time an art form defined the American identity just as Hollywood would do in the 20th and into the 21st century. That art form was Hudson River Art and it is on display in a special exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum until December



  • 9:00 AM American Art Workshop: explore the historical, social, and political contexts
  • 12:30 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 PM Guided Tour American Splendor
  • 2:00 PM Art in the Classroom


Directions From I-91: Exit 29A to Prospect Street. Turn right and park one block in back of the Museum

From I-84 East: Exit 48B: Turn left onto Capitol Avenue and left onto to Main Street to front of Museum. Park in rear.

From I-84 West Exit 54: Left exit to Downtown Hartford. Cross Founders Bridge to State Street and turn left onto Prospect Street. Park in rear of Museum.

For further information contact Dr. Peter Feinman at the Institute of History, Archaeology, and Education at 914-939-9071 or email us at: