What We’re Reading: June 24, 2010 Edition

Wired - American Museum of Natural HistoryLast week the AHA announced its new report (with the OAH and NCPH) on how public history should factor in to tenure and promotion proceedings, and this week Inside Higher Ed takes note. In other news, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville gets set to digitize newspapers and California Newsreel announces this month’s free film preview. We then link to two articles on museums: one from Wired on the American Museum of Natural History, and the other from American Association of Museums. We also cover articles on a 1976 image from South Africa, teeth and history, and preserving Hinchliffe Stadium. Finally, a new online collection of letters, Victorian “yellowbacks,” the New York Public Library’s menu collection, and just for fun a comic for history educators.

News

Museums

Articles

  • The image that changed the course of South Africa’s history
    It was 34 years ago, Wednesday, June 16, 1976, that South African students peacefully protested the apartheid education system, but the protest went terribly awry as police opened fire, leaving 23 dead. A CNN video clip of Antoinette Sithole documents her memories of the deadly protest and the consequent killing of her 12-year-old brother, Hector Pieterson.
  • How the study of teeth is revealing our history
    British archaeologists have discovered new scientific techniques to study historic teeth and bones, uncovering “a pattern where small groups or individuals traveled frequently across cultural and geographical divides. This is about residence and mobility, not ethnicity. Nonetheless, it seems that, in modern terms, Europe was always a multicultural place.”
  • Negro Leagues stadium battling neglect
    This ESPN article describes the battle to preserve Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, New Jersey, one of a few remaining Negro League ballparks.  The National Trust put it on their 11 Most Endangered List earlier this year.  Here’s a web site for an organization trying to preserve the stadium.

Artifacts of the Past

For Fun

Contributors:  David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend.

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