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Through a Lens, Clearly: The Civil Rights Movement in the Camera’s Eye

By Gail Friedman It has been more than 50 years since television news and picture magazines began bringing into American living rooms a spate of searing images from Little Rock, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, and Washington, D.C., heightening the visibility and

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Student Community Action Tours: Using the Humanities to Develop Leadership and Inspire Change

In the summer of 2012, middle school students in a leadership training program hosted by the advocacy group Asian Americans United in Philadelphia read about local resistance to plans to locate a new Phillies stadium in Chinatown a decade earlier. They then studied a map of the neighborhood and considered how siting the stadium there might have had different meanings for different groups – people who lived in Chinatown, people who worked there, local government, businesses and real estate companies, and the police, for example.

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A Sad Summer

In the past month and a half, we studiers and practitioners of historic preservation and historic trades lost two important people who contributed immeasurably to our understanding of the past. At the end of July, suddenly and without warning, Jay

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Summer Fruits of the Humanities

Recent observances around the on-going 150th anniversary of the Civil War have highlighted the great popular interest in how war affected the lives of everyday people. New Jersey now has a window into everyday lives during the American Revolution, thanks to the good work of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area.

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Visualizing 19th Century New York

“Visualizing 19th Century New York” a new exhibit at the Bard Graduate Center, opens on September 19th. The exhibit will be accompanied by a symposium, gallery programs, and walking tours.

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Winterthur Accepting Research Fellowship Applications

Applications are due January 15, 2015 for Winterthur’s 2015-2016 Research Fellowship Program. Short- and long-term fellowships are available to support research in many areas of social and cultural history.

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Home Before The Leaves Fall

“Home Before the Leaves Fall: The Great War 1914-1918,” a collaborative commemoration of World War I by heritage and educational institutions through the City of Philadelphia, kicked off at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on June 26. Peter John Williams, author of a pictorial history, Philadelphia The War Years delivered a talk that highlighted Philadelphia’s importance as the third largest city in the United States at the start of World War I and as a manufacturing powerhouse known as the “workshop of the world.” Nearly 60, 000 Philadelphia men and 2,000 Philadelphia women served in World War I and thousands more worked in factories and shipyards supporting the war effort. A large naval yard, munitions manufacturing, and an aviation training facility transformed Philadelphia during the years of the Great War into fully mobilized war time economy more commonly associated with the World War II home front.

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The Guns of August and The Dogs of War: Remembering and Forgetting America’s Great War

At the time no one knew to call it World War One. In the mid-1910s it was widely termed the ‘Great War’ and later the ‘War To End All Wars,’ an especially ironic name given the role contemporary historians have argued WWI played in precipitating WWII. In fact the History Channel recently aired a three-part series treating the period from the mid-1910s through the mid-1940s as single era of warfare. This way of remembering World War I, as but a small part of a larger history, is common throughout the United States, although in sharp contrast to much of the rest of the English-speaking world.

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Exhibit: Investigating Where We Live

From the National Building Museum: In 1996 the National Building Museum instituted Investigating Where we Live, a program bringing together middle and high school students from Washington D.C. metropolitan area.  Participants use photography, creative writing, and exhibition design to express their

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NPS Awards $1.3M in Battlefield Preservation Grants

The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) has awarded $1.359 million in grants to 21 projects. The monies will be used in the preservation and protection of battlefield lands in 14 states.

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CONFERENCE CALENDAR

Oct
22
Wed
3:15 pm Mid-Atlantic Association of Muse...
Mid-Atlantic Association of Muse...
Oct 22 @ 3:15 pm – Oct 24 @ 4:15 pm
From the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums: Join MAAM in Washington DC this October as we explore Museums in Transition and Transitions in Museums. The museum world is constantly undergoing change and transformation, whether in response to economics, cultural trends or
Oct
24
Fri
1:45 pm The World’s Fair Since ’64 @ Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution
The World’s Fair Since ’64 @ Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution
Oct 24 @ 1:45 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:45 pm
From H-Urban: This workshop proposes to examine world’s fairs since (and including) 1964, a period marked by tremendous variability in the location and impact of the genre.  Participants may cover any of the fairs from 1964 to the present, as
Oct
27
Mon
8:30 am Meant to Last? Preserving the Mo...
Meant to Last? Preserving the Mo...
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm
From the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts: The twentieth and twenty-first centuries brought into the world a bewildering array of new materials, used to design a broad range of objects now collected in museums, libraries, and archives.   Many
Oct
30
Thu
4:30 pm Conference: Green Capitalism? Ex... @ Hagley Library and Museum
Conference: Green Capitalism? Ex... @ Hagley Library and Museum
Oct 30 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 31 @ 5:30 pm
More information to follow.  View the 2013 conference schedule at http://www.hagley.org/hagley-conferences.
Oct
31
Fri
12:15 pm Feminist Art History Conference @ American University
Feminist Art History Conference @ American University
Oct 31 @ 12:15 pm – Nov 2 @ 1:15 pm
Announcing the Fifth Annual FEMINIST ART HISTORY CONFERENCE at American University in Washington, DC, Friday, October 31 – Sunday, November 2, 2014. This annual conference builds on the legacy of feminist art-historical scholarship and pedagogy initiated by Norma Broude and

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