Our first class on Monday was a very interesting experience! All the other students from different Worcester colleges seem studious, and Professor Klinghard seems very friendly and passionate about our topic. We had a short discussion about one of our readings, and it opened my eyes to an angle that I hadn’t seen before when first reading it. Then, we got a tour of the AAS library building, learned about its history, and were able to see where all the documents were kept. I was surprised and impressed by the number of newspapers, books, and other primary sources that were housed in such a relatively small space. They even have to regulate the temperature of the rooms to protect the documents from deteriorating. In addition to documents, the AAS also has some other historical pieces, such as John Hancock’s clock and tea from the Boston Tea Party! More to come next week!