Courses/Lectures

Each of the 34 courses available can be enrolled in individually, or in packages.  Each course is an approximately 1-hour session that consists of the opportunity for the students to interact with the associated artifacts, and a discussion exercise tailored for your specific class in accordance with your teacher's curriculum/recommendations.  If the Course List below doesn’t fit your needs, we can work together to develop the presentation you desire – from control of the discussion topics to selection of items to be presented.

Paul Laurence Dunbar: The Voice of His People

Paul Laurence Dunbar was undoubtedly the most popular Black poet of the late 19th and early 20th century.  His works of poetry and fiction gave voice to the lives of former slaves and their descendants and allowed the rest of the world to see both the beauty and complexity of our people.  With 16 of Dunbar's first edition books of poetry and fiction in one of the most complete collections of its kind, we can see the writings of Paul Laurence Dunbar come to life

 

Artifacts: Sixteen (16) of Dunbar's 1st Edition books of poetry and fiction.

The Life and Complete Works of Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1913 (1st Edition) - When Dunbar died a young man from tuberculosis in 1906, a stunned world was left without one of its most prolific voices.  Publishers continued to publish and re-publish he works, including this definitive volume published in 1913.  More than just an anthology, the book also includes a biography of the that was classmates with Orville and Wilbur Wright and became the most celebrated Black author of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Folks From Dixie, by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1898, 1st Edition) -  While Dunbar's work as a poet is recognized around the world, his works of fiction are lesser known to most today.  More than just a poet, Dunbar wrote several novels and short stories, including the one listed above, Folks from Dixie.