Re: [Apicius] New(ish) Member
- Hi Channon and group,
Thanks for the invitation to talk about ACE. Our goal is to promote
numismatics and classical studies by distributing inexpensive uncleaned
Roman coins to schools. We focus on the upper grade levels, but have
had students as young as fourth grade participate (it didn't go so well-
not enough patience or attention span yet!).
Originally, we offered the coins at no cost to the schools, but demand
quickly outstripped supply. Our first year we supplied forty different
classes with fifty coins each to clean and identify; this year, we are
helping fifty classes. We are trying to provide everything totally free
to first-time schools now; returning participants are asked to donate $2
per coin in subsequent years. All our materials continue to be free,
and for $2 we will guarantee the coin can be identified (if it turns out
to be a slug, we replace it). We are a 100% volunteer organization- no
one is paid, our charter forbids directors and officers from any
financial transactions with ACE beyond donations, and many of the
directors finance their own activities, paying for postage etc. We are
incorporated as a charitable corporation in the State of Pennsylvania,
and donations are tax-deductible. I actually live just east of
Indianapolis, but one of our board members is an attorney in PA and
donated his time to incorporate us.
ACE provides the coins and a lot of resources, but the educators in
charge of the project are free to do whatever they wish with the
materials. Many participating teachers have drawn up excellent
curriculum on their own, and some have shared their materials with ACE
for redistribution. ACE sponsors various essay contests throughout the
year, and notable numismatists such as Marvin Tameanko (author of
Monumental Coins) sponsor essay contests as well. Recently, Harlan J.
Berk donated a gold solidus of Justinian I worth several hundred dollars
as a prize for the "Teacher Excellence Award" for 2002-03. He also
provided over one hundred other very nice coins, and some dealers have
donated uncleaned coins numbering into the thousands.
We try to arrange for a local numismatist to mentor schools who want a
mentor, and those visits are always well received. I could go on for
hours, but the basic idea here is: We try to make history more
interesting, by giving young people common coins. Certain coins from
the 3rd and 4th c. AD are so common, a collector simply gets a glut of
them. Why not put them to good use, helping kids learn?
Currently, we are working with schools on three continents. A dealer in
Australia is spinning off his own ACE program there, because of some odd
tax laws we can't directly participate in AU. We just got our first
school in Britain on board.
I think it would be wonderful to incorporate Roman foods into the ACE
program. If anyone here is interested in working on a project like this
with ACE, please (!) contact me. We are always looking for more ways to
make history fun, promote classical education (why do so few US schools
offer Latin?!?), and help underresourced public schools hold the
Again, thanks for the opportunity to discuss ACE here. I know it is a
bit OT, so I hope no one was bored.
PS - Here are links to the files I uploaded, that were not linked to in
my last email:
and a link to the ACE website... most of our other resources can be
viewed here, as can the essays from previous competitions:
>Dear Mike,[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>Why don't you tell us all more about what you do. I have a background in
>Education and do alot with children here, I teach them about historical
>cuisine and am often doing full feasts for schools. If I have the information
>about your project I may be able to direct a teacher to you.
- In a message dated 2/27/03 9:27:31 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> Again, thanks for the opportunity to discuss ACE here. I know it is aNot at all!!! If we can't take what we know and share it, then we'll just
> bit OT, so I hope no one was bored.
dissappear and so will the information. This is incredible! I am from
Windsor, Ontario Canada and have spent a good deal of time in PA, at our
annual convention (medieval re-enactment society). I have done numerous
school demos and belong to a local historical society whose mandate is to
educate and promote understanding of the medieval period. Bringing something
so tangible as coins to kids! What a wonderful opportunity for children to
have hands on learning. I will be forwarding your information to my son's
teacher, he is in a gifted program that starts at the grade 4 level and they
will be very interested. I know that they are getting a kit from the Royal
Ontario Museum that has period Viking swords and artifacts and they get to
handle them and examine them (what I would have given to have that kind of
classroom experience, best we ever had was to trudge down to the local
historical site and wander through).
There is nothing like bringing history alive. How exciting!
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