Today is Veterans Day, so we start off today’s What We’re Reading post with numerous links to poems, memorials, lesson plans, and other resources about the men and women who’ve served in wars. Following that roundup we link to an article by Julian Zelizer on the recent midterm elections and the news that Google will be offering free WiFi on a number of flights this holiday season. Then, read some viewpoints on new media, digital history, the Supreme Court, and politics.
The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. (401 F Street, NW) launched a new exhibition on October 2, 2010, called Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s. On display until July 10, 2011, Designing Tomorrow is the first exhibit to consider the impact of the six American expositions of the 1930s (Chicago, San Diego, Cleveland, Dallas, San Francisco, and New York) on the popularization of modern design and the creation of a modern consumer culture. At these fairs, architects and industrial designers collaborated with businesses to present a golden future complete with highways, televisions, all-electric kitchens, and even robots.
Hopefully 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.
Last week the AHA announced its new report (with the OAH and NCPH) on how public history should factor in to tenure and promotion proceedings, and this week Inside Higher Ed takes note. In other news, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville gets set to digitize newspapers and California Newsreel announces this month’s free film preview. We then link to two articles on museums: one from Wired on the American Museum of Natural History, and the other from American Association of Museums.
November is National Native American Heritage Month and in this What We’re Reading we bring you three sites with information on events, activities, lesson plans, and resources on various topics pertaining to Native Americans. From the National Coalition for History read up on all the budget updates, new commissions, and nomination progress happening in Washington. Two articles focus on assessments and suggestions: the first on PhD programs, and the second on natural-history museums. Finally, learn more about photographer Roy DeCarava, look back at Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation: A Personal View, consider hiking the Ridgeway National Trail.
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.
The San Diego Historical Society maintains
four* two unique museums in southern California: the Museum of San Diego History and the Junipero Serra Museum (one of San Diego’s most familiar landmarks, located in Presidio Park) , the George White & Anna Gunn Marston House, and Villa Montezuma*.
This week we start off with the revelation that the CIA has destroyed 92 interrogation tapes, verifying a fear the AHA expressed in 2008. Then, Tony Grafton takes a look at graduate school past and future, a history professor is interviewed in the Freakonomics blog, the LOC unravels the origins of the automobile, and a new audio tour explores historic D.C. Finally, we link to a number of articles for a section we’ve titled “History in Hard Times.”
- CIA Destroyed 92 Interrogation Tapes, Probe Says
Monday of this week news broke that the CIA destroyed 92 interrogation tapes during the Bush administration.