What We’re Reading: July 8, 2010 Edition

New York Times - 12 Unexpected history tripsHopefully your summer includes a little vacation time. To aid you in planning where to visit, we start this post off with some links about museums: 12 history trips from the New York Times, simulations in natural history museums, how the National Archives preserves the Declaration of Independence, and a new exhibit review blog from the National Council on Public History. Then, while the noise of fireworks is still ringing in your ears, read about why July 5th is a day to be celebrated too, and NPR clears up some myths about the 4th. Summer is also a good time for reading as EDSITEment delves into To Kill a Mockingbird while the New Books in History podcast notes Jerry Muller’s new book. Finally, get acquainted with the U.S. House of Representatives historian, remember the Newport Jazz Festival riot, learn of EDSITEment’s award from the AASL, read about preserving churches in Britain, and grab your laptop and some coffee because Starbucks now has free wifi.

Museums

  • 12 Unexpected History Trips
    With summer in full-swing, you may want to check out one of the New York Times’ 12 unexpected history trips (from museums, to walking tours, to garages) that allow you to “to experience our geeky, gaudy, mystical, majestic, tough and tragic roots.”
  • Getting Real at Natural-History Museums
    Thomas Benton at the Chronicle laments the use of simulations in museums over real artifacts.
  • Inside the Vaults – The Declaration of Independence
    The National Archives recently posted a new video on YouTube on preserving the Declaration of Independence.
  • Off The Wall
    The National Council on Public History has launched a new exhibit review blog, "Off the Wall.” The blog will explore the many possibilities for exhibiting history in the digital age. The first post reviewed Britain’s web portal to museums, archives, and heritage sites, Culture 24, which currently features a temporary exhibit on the history of the World Cup.

Fourth of July

  • Fifth of July Is Also a Day to Celebrate
    Don’t stop celebrating just because July 4th is over. A few notable achievements on the 5th? The birth of spam (1937), first cloned sheep (1996), and the introduction of the Bikini (1946).
  • The Fourth Of July And Other Myths Of Independence
    In his new book, Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past, Ray Raphael corrects some of the historical inaccuracies of popular 4th of July traditions. Listen to the story from NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Contributors: David Darlington, Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Matthew Keough, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend

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