Linnaeus Tripe, who served as a captain in the British Army and later served as a government photographer for the East India Company, captured architecture in India and Burma between 1854 and 1860.
The National Museum of American History hosted a hard-hat tour on Wednesday to showcase its west wing renovation, which will open in phases staring in July 2015.
Today’s What We’re Reading features comics that promote public understanding, museum collections, a database on The Simpsons, and much more!
In her essay in the current issue of Perspectives on History, “Teaching with a Tea Set: Using Objects in the US History Survey,” Abby Chandler discusses her use of antiques and reproductions to make history more accessible to students.
Today’s What We’re Reading features a historically inspired recipe for molasses cookies, a new trove of free-use images from Getty Images, the problem with citations in digital humanities, and much more!
AHA president William Cronon’s recent article in the March 2012 issue of Perspectives on History explained how to avoid professional boredom by widening the audience for history and widening the tent under which professional historians gather. With this article and argument in mind, we look to some important discussions online now around the American Association of Museum’s TrendsWatch 2012 (PDF) and the SXSWi (South by Southwest Interactive) conference. Historians should consider how museum professionals and archivists are projecting themselves into the future.
First up this week, articles on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, human subjects research policies, and access to Kennedy records. In the news, Walmart has withdrawn its plan to build a store near the Wilderness Battlefield, a historian is accused of changing the date on a Lincoln document, and the White House has put the State of the Union Address on YouTube. See also the Digital Campus podcast on academic conferences, a wiki on history journal response times, and details about the Historians Against Slavery organization.
Registration for the National Humanities Alliance’s 2011 Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day opened this week. This yearly event is a great way to advocate for the humanities to Congress. Speaking of advocating, we also point to an article by Antony Beevor, who argues for the importance of history in the classroom. Then, find a number of museum-related articles: a recent report proposed that the Smithsonian’s institutions start charging admission (and the Smithsonian responded), the National Archives holds a Civil War symposium this Saturday, and the Smithsonian’s Collections Search Center releases a video tutorial.