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Historical Art

The Montessori Elementary Schoolhouse received its first gift – Historical Art – dedicated to Maria Montessori. Today, I think its display could be categorized as art, but back in the day when I was an elementary student, it was official currency in Italy. This piece of historical art, a 1000 Lira note, has traveled from Italy to the Netherlands and now to Aruba, not to mention what a life it led while it was in Italy.


Most recently, this 1000 Lira note was gifted¬†by dear friends of¬†the Montessori Elementary Schoolhouse in Aruba, not to spend wisely on materials (1000 Lira = $0.71 US or Afl. 1.27), but to display in the classroom as a dedication to Maria Montessori and as an inspirational piece of historical art from which uncountable avenues of exploration will be embarked upon: currency exchange calculations, international currencies, art on currency, history of education, where/how money is made, the origin and function of money… to name but a few!

In 1990, the Italian Government honoured Dr. Montessori by putting her image on the 1000 Lira note, with an image of two children on the back side of the note.


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