In the news this week, two historians have won Balzan Prizes for 2010, and the National History Center's weekly seminars begin again for Fall 2010. Read articles on the humanities this week: the death of the humanities, education in the digital humanities, and digital humanities start-up grants. We also include two e-book related links this week. First, read the results of a survey from ACLS Humanities E-Book, and second get an e-book for free from the University of Chicago Press. Then, check out NASA images on Flickr, the National Museum of Natural History's centennial resources, EDsitement's Constitution Day links, Sean Wilentz's take on Bob Dylan, and a talk and slideshow on the world's oldest living organisms.
Article By: David Darlington, Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert B. Townsend
In our roundup this week we have links to a look back on the life of Howard Zinn, news of a new children’s history museum, steps to open a Ulysses S. Grant library, a request for input from the National Archives, a look at combining history and video games, and new evidence in the history of surgery. Then, some digital history: the BBC and British museum join forces in a podcast, Priya Chhaya describes “Historian 2.0,” a blog series about the digital archives of every state continues, and the University of Chicago Press releases this month’s free e-book. Next, explore aerial images of New York from the 1920s, images from National Archives now in Flickr, and a story from NPR on a 1848 image of Phineas Gage. Finally, we finish up with a few links just for fun: Holden Caulfield’s A People’s History of the United States
, a quiz on your knowledge of the 220 State of the Union addresses, a snarky 1905 letter from Mark Twain, and a look at currency across time and place.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Arnita Jones, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend
New this week, the National Humanities Alliance has sent out their “Monthly Policy Digest” with updates from Washington (legislation, nominations, and more). Also, the Public Interest Declassification Board takes another look at federal records policies. From the museums, learn about the National Archives’ 75th anniversary (and all the related events they have lined up), or check out the National Museum of American History’s post about preserving personal archives. The National History Education Clearinghouse has posted new videos on TAH grants, while Flickr continues to be a place of discovery. Finally, just for fun, hear about John Quincy Adams’ new twitter feed, read about shark attacks in 1916, and discover a forgotten chimney and learn why some historians want to protect it.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant, Arnita A. Jones, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend
Flickr has various areas to explore and themes to peruse, such as The Commons, where museums and other international historical institutions create digitized versions of their photographic collections (check out our original Flickr post for more detail).
Article By: Jessica Pritchard
Yesterday Jennifer Lacher-Feldman, a University of Alabama archivist, chaired a session of the American Association for History and Computing that included archivists Jean L. Root Green of Binghamton University and Amy C. Schindler of the College of William and Mary, as well as archivist and applications developer Mark Matienzo of the New York Public Library. The four led a wide-ranging discussion of the myriad ways that archivists are using web 2.0 technologies.
Article By: Vernon Horn
No matter who the society or where the location, there have always been pictorial representations of people, places, and things dating back centuries. Now explore these images in a new way, through The Commons on Flickr.
Article By: Jessica Pritchard