Today is Veterans Day, so we start off today’s What We’re Reading post with numerous links to poems, memorials, lesson plans, 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. We also point to two sites on the Civil War’s 150 anniversary, a podcast series from the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine, an article on using stories to teach history, info about “Follow an Archive” day on Twitter, a speech prepared in case of a disaster with Apollo 11, an 1899 film of crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, and just for fun, take a look at some historic Thanksgiving recipes.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Chris Hale, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend
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.
Article By: David Darlington
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. Summer is also a good time for reading as EDSITEment delves into To Kill a Mockingbird
while the New Books in History podcast notes Jerry Muller's new book. Finally, get acquainted with the U.S. House of Representatives historian, remember the Newport Jazz Festival riot, learn of EDSITEment's award from the AASL, read about preserving churches in Britain, and grab your laptop and some coffee because Starbucks now has free wifi.
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. We also cover articles on a 1976 image from South Africa, teeth and history, and preserving Hinchliffe Stadium. Finally, a new online collection of letters, Victorian "yellowbacks" the New York Public Library's menu collection, and just for fun a comic for history educators.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend
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.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant, 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
In January 2010, the AHA annual meeting will be held in San Diego for the first time. In anticipation of this historic (so to speak) event, check out the web site of the San Diego Historical Society.
Article By: David Darlington
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.”
Article by: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend