Andy Volpe: Art & History

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Basic Information

Address: 11 Gibbs St, C46, Worcester MA 01607
Phone Number: 508 344 5764

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Focus: Roman Legion living history, Art history, printing history
Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12
Length: 1 Hour blocks/segments, Presentation is usually 45 minutes to 1 hour in length. Format is apx. 45 minutes with time for questions, or, a shorter “intro” (apx. 20 minutes) with more Q&A time.
Travel:

Can travel up to 2 hours (apx. 120 miles) distance one-way in the New England area from Central Massachusetts. (covering southern areas of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, all of Massachusetts, most of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Further distances would need additional travel compensation.

Pricing: Usually an Auditorium/Stage, preferably a Classroom or Library (especially for more of the hands-on aspect if that’s requested), a private/secure changing area if possible, or, secure access to the space before and after for changing clothing and setup, etc. A single table (i.e. folding 3x4 foot table) for display items requested. (I feel the program is best suited for small groups, especially for more hands-on considerations, but I’m flexible)
Special Requirements: Usually an Auditorium/Stage, preferably a Classroom or Library (especially for more of the hands-on aspect if that’s requested), a private/secure changing area if possible, or, secure access to the space before and after for changing clothing and setup, etc. A single table (i.e. folding 3x4 foot table) for display items requested. (I feel the program is best suited for small groups, especially for more hands-on considerations, but I’m flexible)
Highlights:

Monthly presentations at Higgins Armory Museum (2002 - 2013), Worcester Art Museum (2013 - present); Interactive display table at the International Archaeology Day at the Museum of Science, Boston (annually); Displays/Appearances supporting Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) lectures at UMass Amherst, Assumption College, Joukowski Institute at Brown University, AIA National Conference at The Franklin Institute; "Birth of Rome" events at Penn Museum; Classical Association of New England, Junior Classical League conferences and Latin Days of: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Virginia. I have also presented at Brandeis University, Fitchburg State University, Becker College, College of the Holy Cross, and several others.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Archaeologists continue to uncover Roman artifacts today. I like to joke that (they) almost literally trip on them, yet what we’re left with are the objects, there is still a lot to learn. By making copies of these artifacts and using them, we can gain some insight as to their purpose, why they were designed this way, etc. As a Living Historian, I try to utilize three elements in my research and replicas for accuracy: 1. The Artifacts themselves (utilizing Museum collection pieces, Archaeological surveys and monographs); 2. Something Visual (be it period artwork or sculpture); 3. Something Written that mentions the object and/or its use (from surviving writings). Everything I bring to and wear in my programs are all based on actual artifacts and encompass these elements.

Program History:

I have been presenting on the Roman soldier for over 15 years, notably with the former Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester MA (The world renowned arms and armor collection was transferred to the Worcester Art Museum in 2013; where I continue to present on a regular basis). I try to keep updated on the latest archaeological discoveries and the most solid academic research and interpretation.