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What We’re Reading: April 11, 2013

In today’s What We’re Reading, we feature the latest conversation relating to the National Association of Scholars’ report on Bowdoin, a look at one of the first “living archives,” a visual tour of duplitecture in China, and more!

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Martin Scorsese Gives the 42nd Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities

Walking into the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts always lends an event a kind of grandeur that can’t be borrowed. The long walk down the capacious Hall of Nations empties out into the Grand Foyer where the giant bust of Kennedy presides, and from there the gleaming Carrara marble of the River Terrace reflects expansive views overlooking the Potomac. In truth, the cavernous Edward Durrell Stone building has had its ups and downs in public opinion, but it can still lend a sense of significance to any occasion, and it remains one of the prime locations for any prestigious Washington, DC, event.

Thirteen New Sites Recognized as National Historic Landmarks

On March 12, the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis announced thirteen new national historic landmarks. The new national historic landmarks include the following sites (text borrowed from National Park Service press release):

  • Camden Amphitheatre and Public Library, Camden, Maine. The Camden Amphitheatre and Public Library is one of the few public projects of Fletcher Steele, one of America’s premier practitioners of 20th-century landscape design. It is an outstanding representation of the contributions made by the landscape architecture profession, private benefactors, and national associations to develop public landscapes in the United States that celebrated natural regional beauty, scenic character, and rich cultural history.
A NARA specialist in book preservation demonstrates some of the tools of the trade for the public at the recent Preservation EXPOsed! event.

Preservation EXPOsed! Deserves More Exposure

The US National Archives (NARA) recently held its annual Preservation EXPOsed! event in Washington, DC, highlighting a diverse slate of preservation specialists and topics. The event, which Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero introduced, was made up of three elements: short talks given by conservation professionals about their work; exhibits and displays about the conservation of important documents at NARA such as the Declaration of Independence; and tables staffed by conservation and preservation specialists dedicated to different media, including books, paper, film and video, digital artifacts, photographs, and others.

Perspectives on History, January

Now Available from Perspectives Online: “History Harvests: What Happens When Students Collect and Digitize the People’s History?”

Responding to the high level of interest in the article on History Harvests in Perspectives on History, we are opening it to all readers ahead of schedule.

William G. Thomas, Patrick D. Jones (both of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and Andrew Witmer (James Madison University) describe the History Harvest as “exciting and rewarding work at the intersection of digital history and experiential learning.” History Harvests are “community events in which students scan or photograph items of historical interest, brought in by local institutions and residents, for online display.”

“Every family and community has a history,” the authors explain, “a connection to the larger story of the American experience, and in the History Harvest we explore those connections, talk about them, and document their meaning in partnership with the participants.

Grant of the Week: Historic Site Management Grants from the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund

Deadline: September 28, 2012

The New Jersey Historic Trust is now accepting applications for Historic Site Management Grants from the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund. Eligible properties are listed in the New Jersey or National Register of Historic Places. For more information about the Historic Site Management Grants, visit their website here.


For information on other grants and prizes in history, see the “Awards and Fellowships” section of the AHA Calendar.

Grant of the Week: Downing Award for Publications on Historical Topics in Preservation

The Society of Architectural Historians offers the Antoinette Forrester Downing Award for published work devoted to historical topics in preservation. Publications in English submitted for consideration may include historic resource surveys, historical studies of the preservation movement, philosophical approaches to preservation, or historiographical methods. In each case, the publication should substantially, if not wholly, focus on these subjects in the United States. Books with a 2008 or 2009 copyright date are eligible. Only publishers may submit entries for consideration. The deadline for submission is July 30, 2010.