Preparations for the steadily approaching 125th Annual Meeting meant there was less time to round up fun links this week, but we managed to find a few. We link to news of NEH awards, a list of 50 American History Blogs, a job ad for Founding Fathers, and a look back at the Boston Tea Party. Then, we came across a number of videos this week: go “Inside the Vaults” with the National Archives, watch the lessons of science historian James Burke, and hear how it would sound if Lady Gaga taught history.
- NEH Announces Latest Awards and Offers
The National Humanities Alliance notes the NEH announcement of $23 million in grants for 371 humanities projects, and points to the list of selected projects.
- Eisenhower’s farewell speech has wise words on split government and militarism
New documents released last week by the Eisenhower Presidential Library show that early drafts of Eisenhower’s famous farewell address shows that he would have had a second pertinent message for today reiterating “the need for common sense to accommodate the broad range of beliefs in the political spectrum of America.”
- Top 50 American History Blogs
A roundup of 50 American history blogs, separated into categories of Colonial, Revolutionary and Early Nation; Civil War; Military History; Economic; and General and Political. Alas, AHA Today didn’t make their list. Hat tip.
- Wanted: Founding Fathers
Larry Cebula at his Northwest History blog finds that being a Founding Father pays… about $12 an hour.
- The Boston Tea Party
The History Channel notes that today in 1773 the Boston Tea Party took place.
- National Archives celebrates Bill of Rights Day with "Inside the Vaults" Video short
Yesterday, December 15, was Bill of Rights Day, remembering the “anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights by the First Federal Congress, guaranteeing the basic rights of all Americans, adopted four years after the U.S. Constitution.” To celebrate the National Archives posted an “Inside the Vaults” video short.
- James Burke’s Connections online
Jason Kottke has stumbled across science historian James Burke’s videos, now available on YouTube.
- History Teachers Turn Pop Songs Into the Coolest Visual Lessons Ever
Like history and pop music? Two Hawaiian history teachers have merged the two to teach The French Revolution in the style of Lady Gaga, Mary Queen of Scots via Jennifer Lopez, the Black Death set to Gwen Stefani, and more.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant and Vernon Horn