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Home School: Virtual Art Galleries via Google Maps Mania

May 25th, 2020 No comments

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art gallery in the United States. It has over two million works of art in its permanent collection.

The Met 360° Project is a series of six 360° movies which allow you to explore the museum and some of its galleries. The videos include tours of the Great Hall, the Met Cloisters and the Charles Engelhard Court. As each video plays you can pan around 360°, just like you can in Google Maps Street View.

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Moby-Dick Marathon: The Story Hour Series via New Bedford Whaling Museum

May 17th, 2020 No comments
Moby-Dick Marathon: The Story Hour Series
 
Relive one of New Bedford Whaling Museum’s most beloved events with a twist! The annual Moby-Dick Marathon takes place each winter and runs for 25 consecutive hours. Melville aficionados, scholars, and others enter a lottery months in advance for their chance to be a part of the reading. In this re-imagined, virtual event, a past marathon will be released in nightly, hour-long segments. Get cozy as you listen or follow along from the comfort of your home.

Home School: You Can Help The Smithsonian Transcribe Some of Sally Ride’s Notebooks via Lifehacker

May 5th, 2020 Comments off
You Can Help The Smithsonian Transcribe Some of Sally Ride's Notebooks via Lifehacker

The National Air and Space Museum currently houses more than 38,640 pages of material spanning Sally Ride’s career as a physicist, astronaut, and educator. There’s just one big issue with the massive collection: the majority of it is handwritten or typed on a typewriter and isn’t searchable.

The museum estimates that all of the content takes up roughly 23 cubic feet; however, it can be hard to search, and hard to access.

Home School: The Smithsonian has released more than 2.8 million images you can use for free via The Verge

April 21st, 2020 Comments off

The Smithsonian Institution is releasing 2.8 million high-res images from its massive collection into the public domain, putting them online for anyone to use and download for free. The open-access online platform will include 2D and 3D images from its 19 museums, nine research centers, archives, libraries, and the National Zoo, Smithsonian Magazine reports.

“Being a relevant source for people who are learning around the world is key to our mission,” Effie Kapsalis, the Smithsonian’s senior digital program officer, says. “We can’t imagine what people are going to do with the collections. We’re prepared to be surprised.”

A window onto the garden in watercolor, Getty Villa, Malibu, California via Instagram

January 25th, 2020 Comments off

Huntington House, Huntington Library and Gardens, Pasadena, California via Instagram

November 25th, 2019 Comments off

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Huntington House, Huntington Library and Gardens, Pasadena, California

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On the Hunt for National Treasures With America’s Archive Detective via Atlas Obscura

October 15th, 2019 Comments off
An amazingly interesting article on the lost treasures of the National Archives and the hunt to return them. — Douglas
 
 

Mitch Yockelson knows what’s missing by heart. There’s an arsenal of diamond-encrusted daggers, swords, and scabbards gifted to Harry Truman by a Saudi prince and the Iranian shah—all stolen from his presidential library in 1978. There’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s official White House portrait. It went missing in a move. And there’s a batch of Abraham Lincoln’s telegrams that just up and vanished.

Yockelson, the investigative archivist for the U.S. National Archives, is unlikely to find any of these priceless historical treasures in a fluorescent-lit hall on the Maryland state fairgrounds. The annual Maryland Antique Arms Show brings together hundreds of dealers peddling all types of military antiques and ephemera. There, men toting bayonets for sale peruse table after table of old uniforms, yellowed discharge papers, and bowls of ammunition. Yockelson attends shows like this two or three times a year, in addition to scouring online auctions and following tips, on the hunt for lost Americana that rightfully belongs to the U.S. government.

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You can now access and download 30,000 images from The Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection via DIY Photography

August 22nd, 2019 Comments off

It’s becoming more and more common for museums to digitize their collections. The latest one to join the trend is The Cleveland Museum of Art. After digitizing its collection, it made it publicly accessible online, with 30,000 images free for download and remix.

The CMA has shared the images from its permanent collection that are in the public domain open access. This means that you can download, share, reproduce, reuse and remix the images for scholarly, non-commercial, but also commercial purposes.

The CMA’s director, William Griswold, said in a statement regarding this project:

Sitting Room, Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

August 2nd, 2019 Comments off

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Sitting Room, Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado

Sitting Room, Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

Wandering about Denver, we happened upon this historical home which also serves as an important women’s history center. 

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The Library of Congress Needs Help Transcribing 16,000 Pages of Suffragist Diaries, Letters, and Documents via Mental Floss

July 31st, 2019 Comments off

What to part of a great historical project? Check out the link below and help preserve the history of the women’s suffrage movement. — Douglas

Before the days when you could digitally preserve all musings and messages by uploading them automatically to the cloud, people just wrote everything by hand and hoped they didn’t drop their papers in a puddle. Luckily, plenty of important historical documents survived long enough for historians to archive them. Now, the Library of Congress has some 16,000 historic papers related to the women’s rights movement alone—and they’re asking volunteers to help transcribe them, Smithsonian.com reports.

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