What We’re Reading: May 6, 2010 Edition

The Cleveland Museum of ArtIn the news this week, Virginia prepares for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, historian Mary Beth Norton becomes a member of the American Philosophical Society, NPR remembers the Kent State shootings, and Richard Overy takes a look at academic history in Britain. Next, we feature three links on web sites: web site creation as a class project, Chinese public health posters on the NLM site, and the Cleveland Museum of Art’s well designed collections display. We also look to Twitter, with an article on the ramifications of saving the Twitter archives and another on how a Calculus II class is resurrecting Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz in 140 character bursts. Finally, we conclude with some fun: selling homes by telling their history, baking a 1919 cake, and taking a look back at the World’s Fair.

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For Fun

  • What the Walls Would Say
    Realtors have begun telling a home’s history to spark buyer interest. Antoinette Martin explains, “With the market for large older homes still slow and frail, a number of sellers are taking a more ‘personal’ approach — marketing a house’s history right along with its physical attributes.”
  • HistoryDish Mondays: A Cake Bakes in Queens
    The Four Pounds Flour blog bakes a cake based on a recipe in a 1919 cookbook and links to another site, A Cake Bakes in Brooklyn, which also explores recipes from the past.
  • History of the World’s Fair
    Flip through a photo gallery to “look at previous international expos in New York, Seattle, Montreal, Knoxville, New Orleans and South Korea.”

Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend

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