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In 100 years, will today’s digital files be accessible? Planning for ‘digital obsolescence’

19 Aug

Are you planning ahead for accessing what has been digitized? Here’s some material to help you think about this: In 100 years, will today’s digital files be accessible? Planning for ‘digital obsolescence’ | St. Louis Public Radio

Oldest Surviving Photograph of a U.S. President Has Surfaced

19 Aug

The 1843 daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams was discovered by a descendant of Vermont Representative Horace Everett. It is the oldest surviving photograph of a U.S. President, as noted here at the Smithsonian: Oldest Surviving Photograph of a U.S. President Has Surfaced | Smart News | Smithsonian

1917 draft board, Los Angeles–100 years ago.

18 Aug

 

One hundred years ago, World War I was still raging. The Los Angeles Times has a photo here from then: 1917 draft board – Framework – Photos and Video – Visual Storytelling from the Los Angeles Times

A Historian of Forgotten Resistance

17 Aug

For 18th-century Quaker dwarf abolitionist Benjamin Lay, resistance was a way of life. As a glove-maker, a common sailor, and a world traveler who lived in England and Barbados before finally settling in Pennsylvania, Lay was exposed to the injustices of slavery and decided to make a career of condemning its horrors, often in memorable and shocking ways.

Read the rest of Oliver Lee Bateman’s article on Benjamin Lay and Lay’s biographer, historian Markus Rediker, here at Pacific StandardA Historian of Forgotten Resistance – Pacific Standard

Historians Question Trump’s Comments on Confederate Monuments

16 Aug

How History Is Actually Erased

16 Aug

Preach it, Brother Chris!

The Pietist Schoolman

So much for the idea that Americans don’t care about their past. One of the hashtags trending today on Twitter complained about the dangers of #ErasingHistory:

Indeed. If you take down statues of Americans who betrayed their country in order to defend slavery, you’re stepping onto a slippery slope.

Look, there’s a serious conversation…

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Contested sacred space USA: Conflict and cooperation in the heartland

14 Aug

Historic heirs of Mormonism work out how to live with their contested sacred space. Read Kimberly Winston’s fascinating report at Religion News Service here: Contested sacred space USA: Conflict and cooperation in the heartland | Religion News Service

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