A Noose at the Smithsonian Brings History Back to Life

23 Jun

Actually, Yes, It *Is* a Discovery If You Find Something in an Archive That No One Knew Was There

23 Jun

The researcher responsible for digging a report of Lincoln out of an archive responds to a recent Atlantic essay about her find.

Source: Actually, Yes, It *Is* a Discovery If You Find Something in an Archive That No One Knew Was There – The Atlantic

Where Historians Work: Q&A with Margaret Bendroth of the Congregational Library and Archives

23 Jun

It’s not enough to have an archive full of great stuff—“Library 2.0” as I’ve come to understand it, means making your material accessible and compelling to all kinds of different people. How do you convince the average person on the street that the past matters? Not in some golly-gee whiz isn’t this neat kind of way, but in clear and simple language.

At the Junto, Katy Lasdow interviews Margaret Bendroth, the Executive Director of the Congregational Library & Archives. (I just finished reading Bendroth’s The Last Puritans. It is well worth your time to read.)

Source: Where Historians Work: Q&A with Margaret Bendroth of the Congregational Library and Archives « The Junto

Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles

21 Jun

During the Great Depression, a New Deal program brought books to Kentuckians living in remote areas. Read about this ion Eliza McGraw’s post at the Smithsonian: Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles | History | Smithsonian

Lions, the Dutch, and Maps

21 Jun

Back in the 16th century, the “Leo Belgicus” helped the Netherlands win a long war for independence. Read Cara Giaimo’s fascinating illustrated post about this here at Atlas Obscura: The Lion-Shaped Maps That United a Nation – Atlas Obscura

The New Idolatry: On the (Mis)Uses of Diversity in Academia Today

16 Jun

Professor Thomas Pfau of Duke University provides some thoughtful reflections on what is or is not meant by “diversity” in academia, particularly in light of the recent controversy that has embroiled Duke Divinity School. Read his piece here at the Australian Broadcasting Corporations’s Religion and Ethics site: The New Idolatry: On the (Mis)Uses of Diversity in Academia Today – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Violence against members of Congress has a long, and ominous, history

16 Jun

Historian Joanne B. Freeman of Yale University provides a thoughtful survey of the 19th-century past regarding violence against members of Congress: Violence against members of Congress has a long, and ominous, history – The Washington Post

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