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See Think Wonder: Exploring an Artwork, "Men of Progress"

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This collection uses the Harvard Project Zero Visible Thinking routine, "See Think Wonder" for exploring works of art. The strategy is paired with an artwork from the National Portrait Gallery entitled "Men of Progress", which features nineteen American scientists and inventors of the 19th century who "had altered the course of contemporary civilization." . Once you have examined the artwork and answered the questions, view the additional videos and artifacts from the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of American History included to learn more and see how your interpretation compares with that of the experts.

(Videos of each of the sitters are arranged in order from left to right.)

Men of Progress

National Portrait Gallery

See/Think/Wonder: Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Samuel Morse, Portrait in a Minute

National Portrait Gallery

William Thomas Greene Morton

National Museum of American History

James Bogardus

National Museum of American History

Samuel Colt

National Museum of American History

Colt Holster Model Paterson Revolver (No. 5)

National Museum of American History

Samuel Colt...and sewing machines? - part 1

National Museum of American History

Samuel Colt and...sewing machines? - part 2

National Museum of American History

Cyrus McCormick

National Museum of American History

Joseph Saxton

National Museum of American History

Charles Goodyear

National Museum of American History

Peter Cooper

National Museum of American History

Joseph Henry

National Museum of American History

Joseph Henry: Champion of American Science

National Museum of American History

Meet Joseph Henry

National Museum of American History

Experimental Electromagnet

National Museum of American History

John Ericsson

National Museum of American History

Frederick E. Sickels

National Museum of American History

Samuel Finley Breese Morse

National Museum of American History

Morse-Vail Telegraph Key

National Museum of American History

Henry Burden

National Museum of American History

Richard March Hoe

National Museum of American History

Erastus Brigham Bigelow

National Museum of American History

Isaiah Jennings

National Museum of American History

Thomas Blanchard

National Museum of American History

Elias Howe

National Museum of American History