What We’re Reading: October 28, 2010

[Portrait of Louis Armstrong, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., ca. Apr. 1947] (LOC)We bring you a variety of links this week, beginning with an article on the new George W. Bush exhibit, a new report linking the German Foreign Ministry and the Nazis, a Boston walking tour of an 1849 murder, world history through 100 objects, free wifi at the Library of Congress, and what Netflix can teach universities. Then, we note two online collections of photos: the Gottlieb Jazz Photos and New York City subway photos. Finally, just for fun, plan your Halloween costume by turning to the archives, and learn the evolution of the term “geek.”

The image above is of Louis Armstrong at Carnegie Hall in 1947, from the Library of Congress’ Gottlieb Jazz Photos on Flickr.

  • New Bush Exhibit Opens Rift at S.M.U.
    The New York Times reports on a new George W. Bush exhibit opening at Southern Methodist University, and considers the “choice of mementos” the exhibit will showcase.
  • German Report Says Envoys Willingly Helped Carry Out Holocaust
    “The Office and the Past: German Diplomats in the Third Reich and the Federal Republic,” a report from historian Eckart Conze and his colleagues was released on Monday and describes collaboration between the German Foreign Ministry and the Nazis.
  • Murder on Foot
    Follow along with Craig Lambert as he retraces the steps of “a famous 1849 murder that took place in the old brick-townhouse neighborhood of Boston’s Beacon Hill.” A walking tour to keep in mind for those in attendance at this year’s annual meeting.
  • History of the World in 100 Objects
    The Historical Society blog highlights a few items from BBC Radio 4′s “History of the World in 100 Objects.”
  • Free WiFi One Reason LOC Cited As ‘Underrated’
    After being voted “Best Underrated Tourist Attraction” in D.C., the Library of Congress notes on their blog all the reasons people should visit, including free wifi, their “Ask a Librarian” service, and other tools.
  • 5 Things Netflix Streaming Can Teach Higher Ed
    Blog U at Inside Higher Ed looks at what Universities can learn from Netflix’s business model.

Photographs

  • Gottlieb Jazz Photos
    The Library of Congress traces “the jazz scene in New York City and Washington, D.C., from 1938 to 1948” in a series of photos on Flickr.
  • New York City Subway Photos
    The New York Times presents 100 years of New York Subway photos, from 1910 to 2010.

Fun

Contributors: Elisabeth Grant and Vernon Horn

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