Springfield Museum: The Body Adorned – Artistry and Legacy of the Ancient Americas

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The Quadrangle is the common name for a cluster of museums and cultural institutions in Metro Center, Springfield, Massachusetts, on Chestnut Street between State and Edwards Streets. Wikipedia

The Body Adorned: Artistry and Legacy of the Ancient Americas
December 4, 2021–February 27, 2022
D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts » First Floor » Starr Gallery of Watercolors » Alpert Gallery of Currier & Ives
New opening date! Bilingual Exhibit

Feather textiles, gold pendants, and greenstone ear rods are among the most exquisite adornments crafted by artists working in the ancient Americas. Designed to be worn both in life and in death, these treasures functioned as status symbols, ritual paraphernalia, and sacred channels to a more sublime realm. Often small in scale and intricately crafted, the adornments featured in this exhibition were created in sophisticated workshops by highly skilled artists. These splendid works of art offer insight into the values, beliefs, and achievements of indigenous peoples.

This exhibition explores the artistic adornment of the ancient American cultures of Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, and Mexico, as well as the influence that metalwork, textiles, and ceramics had on future generations of artists. In addition to including work made between 400 and 1550 CE, the display includes works by 20th century American designer and jewelry maker William Spratling (1900-1967), who spent over three decades in Mexico and was inspired by Mesoamerican art and architecture. The exhibition celebrates the enduring power of these brilliant motifs, and bring together different eras in dialogue.

Drinking vessel, Maya, Late Classic Period, A.D. 650-850
Jaguar Brooch (Prendedor en forma de jaguar), Mexican, 1940-1946
Four-cornered hat, Wari, Middle Horizon period A.D. 700-900
Male effigy cache figure, Muisca, A.D. 1100-1550
Jaguar effigy pendant, Diquís, 700-1520

This is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as part of the Art Bridges Initiative.

J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum

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The J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum is located in Claremore, Oklahoma. Wikipedia

Home to the unique collection of J.M. Davis of over 12,000 firearms and thousands of non-firearm artifacts ranging from Old West saddles and spurs, John Rogers statuary, Toby mugs, and Beer Steins, World War I posters, and local Claremore and Rogers county history.

Multi-media exhibits for a family-friendly walk through history. (About)

Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum

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Sequoyah’s Cabin is a log cabin and historic site off Oklahoma State Highway 101 near Akins, Oklahoma. It was the home between 1829 and 1844 of the Cherokee Indian Sequoyah, who in 1821 created a written language for the Cherokee Nation. Wikipedia

Sequoyah, a significant figure in American history, was monumental in the creation of the Cherokee language. Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1829 and has been maintained and furnished to appear as it did centuries ago. Experience what it was like when Sequoyah actually lived at this National Literary Landmark. Stroll the surrounding 10-acre park and take in the natural beauty of Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

Cherokee National Prison Museum

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The Cherokee National Jail or Cherokee National Penitentiary was built in 1874 as part of a governmental complex for the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. It served the Cherokee Nation until it was sold to Cherokee County, Oklahoma, which used it as a jail into the 1970s. Wikipedia

At the Cherokee National Prison Museum, you will learn the history of Cherokee law and order. Situated in the middle of historic Tahlequah, the prison was built in 1875 to hold the most hardened criminals in Indian Territory.

Today, it is home to a two-building interpretive site exploring the history of Cherokee crime and punishment, law enforcement, life at the National Prison, and an overview of famous outlaws and their activity in the area.

Walk the grounds of the museum where a blacksmith shop demonstrates the trades taught to incarcerated prisoners, while a reproduction gallows stands as a reminder of the ultimate punishment.

Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum

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The Cherokee National Supreme Court was built in 1844 and is Oklahoma’s oldest government building still standing today.

Exhibit areas tell the story of the Cherokee judicial system, with vintage photos and historical items bringing it all to life. Learn about the Cherokee written language and the evolution of Cherokee journalism. See one of the original printing presses of the Cherokee Advocate newspaper, along with authentic works from the Cherokee Phoenix, and more.

Museum Of The Western Prairie

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From geologic uplifts and ancient seas to irrigated farming and Altus Air Force Base, the Museum of the Western Prairie chronicles the history of southwest Oklahoma. Follow the story of the American Indians, frontier soldiers, cowboys, and homesteaders. Trace economic development from assurances that “rain will follow the plow,” to dust, drought, depression, and beyond.

The Museum of the Western Prairie tells the story of southwest Oklahoma from the distant past to the present. The story begins with the Wichita Mountains—the low, granite peaks that formed almost 300 million years ago. At first, the Wichitas towered above the landscape; later, they were islands in an ancient sea. Today the modest hills that remain serve as a connection between every era of southwest Oklahoma history.

In addition to the museum, visitors can see the Criswell half-dugout and a two-story limestone ranch house built by the Eddleman family in 1891.

In the Presence of Animals

Feel the presence of massive bison on the move from inside the herd, forage alongside a Grizzly, lift off amid a million-winged flutter of monarchs. Experience a dangerous world with some of the planet’s most at-risk species: an endangered jaguar, a rainforest sloth, and a mother olive ridley turtle laying the next precious generation on a lonely beach.

3-D SPACE Stereoscopic Museum

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3-D SPACE

is a museum, gallery, theater, library, and classroom dedicated to both the preservation of the history of stereoscopic imaging and the advancement of current and future 3-D arts and sciences. 3-D SPACE is a non-profit arts organization located in Los Angeles.

Why A 3-D Museum?

Thanks to recent advances in digital technologies, there has been a renewed enthusiasm for all things 3-D. From record-breaking box office returns of 3-D movies from AVATAR to AVENGERS ENDGAME to the recent surge in virtual reality, 3-D seems to be back in the spotlight.

But most people aren’t aware that stereoscopic imaging has a very rich history that dates back to the 19th century. We want to celebrate the work of many talented artists, photographers, and filmmakers who have used the medium of 3-D as their creative tool, and to educate the public on the art and science of stereography, from its analog beginnings in the 1830s to the immersive digital realms of the future. Our current gallery space alternates through use as:

  • A Museum of permanent collections on display to educate about the history of 3-D art and science.

  • A Gallery of curated exhibits by recent and current 3-D content creators.

  • A Theater to screen 3-D films and other related cinematic works, and to host lectures and presentations.

  • A Library of 3-D books, movies, and other media.

  • A Classroom devoted to teaching the techniques and methods of 3-D image creation.

3-D SPACE founder Eric Kurland has over ten years of experience in connecting the public to the 3-D community. His work as the Director of the Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival and five years as the President of the LA 3-D Club (the most active organization in the country for 3-D enthusiasts), as well as his professional stereoscopic work in the entertainment industry (including 3-D Director for the Grammy-nominated OK Go music video ALL IS NOT LOST, Lead Stereographer for the Oscar-nominated animated short MAGGIE SIMPSON IN THE LONGEST DAYCARE, and Lead for the Emmy nominated VR show THE SIMPSONS PLANET OF THE COUCHES for Google Spotlight Stories) puts 3-D SPACE in the position to be able to bring all aspects of the 3-D world together, from the fans, to the independent artists, to the professionals working in the entertainment industry.

The 3-D SPACE Board of Directors is comprised of a team with strong backgrounds in the arts, non-profits, and museums, and of course 3-D. We have also assembled a fantastic group of advisors to help round out our knowledge, and provide access to resources and information that will help us to become a vital and exciting organization.

A little background – the inspiration for this center began in 2012 when 3-D SPACE founder Eric Kurland and 3-D historian Ray Zone were able to rescue three truckloads of artifacts from the estate of the late 3-D expert and collector Dan Symmes. Ray and Eric discussed the possibility of someday finding a place to display these materials. Sadly, Ray passed away before they were able to move forward with any plans, but the idea continued to grow and in 2013, at the World 3-D Expo III in Hollywood a piece from the collection was put on display – the Natural Vision camera rig used to film HOUSE OF WAX in 1953.

Kurland decided to continue the curating of 3-D content, preservation of 3-D history, and public outreach and education that he had already been doing as President of the LA 3-D Club. So he developed the idea for 3-D SPACE into a plan of action, getting advice from many advisors with expertise in different disciplines – from academia, museums, and art galleries, to successful non-profit arts groups, the entertainment industry, and the international 3-D community. And we have been met with great enthusiasm from everyone who has learned about this endeavor. The collection has been growing – the Portland, Oregon-based 3-D Center for Art and Photography, which unfortunately had to close its doors several years ago, officially transferred its entire collection to LA and placed it under the care of 3-D SPACE.

3-D SPACE was incorporated in the state of California in November 2014 and has been granted 501(c)3 nonprofit tax-exempt status. Now we just need a permanent home for these collections, a space that can become the hub of the 3-D world past, present, and future.

We Need Your Help!

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to 3-D SPACE and help us continue operating the Center for Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Emily Kalina Art Gallery

After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 with a degree in Illustration Emily Kalina entered the gallery world in which she sold and exhibited her signature style of layered, textured, and patterned watercolors. 2009 marked a seismic shift for Emily from traditional media painting to creating artwork for commercial use. She combined her 14 years of experience painting watercolors into best selling scarves and a variety of products for Nine West Dress, Michael Kors, Barney’s New York, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Elie Tahari, Nordstrom, Target and TJX to name a few.

I was classically trained with traditional media, ie: watercolor, oils, charcoal and pencil, but over the last 8 years or so I have transitioned from exclusively painting with watercolors to drawing and painting digitally.

I began drawing with a blunt stylus on an iPad mini 8 years ago for fun, experimenting with it as a new, portable medium. It was a useful tool for sketching elements I then incorporated into prints for product design.  I spent the first half of the last decade designing prints for scarves and a variety of other products for major companies. In that line of work, the volume of designs you need to produce on a regular basis can be overwhelming. More and more I saw the benefit of working on an iPad because although I started out as a purist, I could see the writing on the wall that selling through galleries and exhibiting artwork would go the way of the dinosaur.  If I wanted to keep painting and make a living, I was going to need to think outside the box. So gradually over the past 8 years, I painted more an more on the iPad.

Now all of my paintings are done on an iPad with an apple pencil. The mark making you see is me drawing/painting with an apple pencil that responds to pressure much like a brush or pencil would.

I use different apps but the one I use most is called ProCreate which allows me to design all of the brushes I use to the smallest specification. Because my first love is watercolor, I have designed brushes to mimic a cross between watercolor brushes and professional markers that allow for shading and layering called Copic markers.

Over the years the technology has evolved by leaps and bounds and I have adapted, learned along with it, and now feel lucky that I can make my living creating paintings this way.

Using her watercolors as a basis for her current paintings, she combines her sharp eye for trends with an innate sense of color and style to produce vibrant artwork that is appealing to a wide variety of clientele.With an appreciation for pop culture, Emily creates amazingly vibrant designs, patterns, and intricate visual stories that are both trendy contemporary and comfortably classic in a single image. Kalina’s work can be found on Amazon, Walmart, Better Homes and Gardens, Racheal Ray, Wayfair, Houzz, and Joss and Main among many others. Recently  she entered a  partnership with Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH to create artwork specific to the historic village, which can now be found on a number of products at the Museum’s gift shop. in addition to selling a number of products and prints featuring her original artwork, Emily creates custom artwork and promotional products for a variety of businesses and private clients.

 

Boeing CH-47D Chinook “My Old Lady”

My Old Lady was was built in 1962, and on Jan. 9, 1963 it became the fifth Chinook accepted by the U.S. Army (91-00261). The twin-engined helo accommodates a crew of 2-3 and up to 50 troops. It has served with the U. S. Army and Army National Guard, and based at Camp Murray near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington since 2009. The aircraft flew combat missions in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan during 2009-2011. Locally it was flown in support of domestic emergencies, most recently the Okanogan Complex Wildfire in 2015. It is the only authorized U.S. Army aircraft with nose art. My Old Ladywas the oldest flyable Chinook in the world-wide Army inventory when it was taken off of flight status in 2017 after 54 years of service.

CH-47 models entered combat service in 1965 during the Vietnam War. The Chinooks were vital to many aspects of the war including troop transport, placing artillery batteries in mountain positions inaccessible by other means, and recovering downed aircraft. Chinooks retrieved 11,500 disabled aircraft, worth over 3 billion U.S. dollars throughout the conflict. (Museum of Flight)(Museum of Flight)

Kittery Historical Museum

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The Kittery Historical Museum is a treasure trove of local history. It is chock-a-block full of Kittery’s rich past, including artifacts from its maritime and military heritage. Visit the Museum to see them for yourself!

Since it opened in 1977, the Museum has expanded its collections from days gone by. We focus on the history of Kittery and its naval heritage. (Note: The shipyard has a navy museum of its own.)

In 2002, the Museum was expanded to accommodate the Andrews-Mitchell garrison house. This was a fortified farmstead that offered protection from raids in turbulent Colonial days. Remnants of that building are now inside the Museum.

New exhibits for 2020

Lobster fishing in Kittery
Pepperrell Cove / Ski Club
Special art and exhibit gallery
Enhanced Digital Timeline

Affordable admission

Adults $7.
Children $3.
Families $15.
Group rates available.

Discounts for seniors, military,
AAA, and Kittery residents!

Members of our Society: free.

Maniniholo Dry Cave

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Legend states that Manini-holo, chief fisherman of the mythical Menehune people, dug this cave to find evil spirits who stole fish.

USS Croaker

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USS Croaker

SS-246 is on the National Register of Historic Places and represents the Navy’s “silent service”. One of 77 Gato class submarines constructed, she was part of the most lethal submarine class of WWII. Commissioned in 1944, she celebrated her 75th birthday in 2019. Conducting six war patrols in the pacific theater, she sank 11 Japanese vessels, four of which were capital or military vessels, and seven auxiliary or support vessels.

She is not in her original WWII Configuration, as after WWII she was converted to a “hunter-killer” submarine with added sonar, radar and quieting capabilities to combat the Russian threat during the Cold War. She was decommissioned in 1971 and brought to the Buffalo Naval Park in 1988. Head below to see what it was like to be part of the 80-man crew.

SS-246

Length: 311 feet
Beam: 27 feet
Draft: 17 feet
Displacement: 1,525 tons
Armament: Eight Mk-44 torpedo tubes
Complement: 81 Sailors

Museum of the Bible

The Museum of the Bible is a museum in Washington D.C. which documents the narrative, history and impact of the Bible. The museum opened on November 17, 2017. The museum has 1,150 items in its permanent collection and 2,000 items on loan from other institutions and collections.Wikipedia

Brooklyn Museum: Egypt

The Brooklyn Museum is an art museum located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. At 560,000 square feet, the museum is New York City’s third largest in physical size and holds an art collection with roughly 1.5 million works. Located near the Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Flatbush, and Park Slope neighborhoods of Brooklyn and founded in 1895, the Beaux-Arts building, designed by McKim, Mead and White, was planned to be the largest art museum in the world. The museum initially struggled to maintain its building and collection, only to be revitalized in the late 20th century, thanks to major renovations. Significant areas of the collection include antiquities, specifically their collection of Egyptian antiquities spanning over 3,000 years. European, African, Oceanic, and Japanese art make for notable antiquities collections as well. American art is heavily represented, starting at the Colonial period.(Wikipedia)

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Take Me To China

Take Me There:® China is one of the largest comprehensive exhibits on contemporary China ever produced in the U.S. The second in the museum’s series of in-depth Take Me There exhibits, Take Me There: China enables visitors to explore ancient traditions as well as modern-day activities through art, music, food, tea culture, and traditional Chinese medicine. Through changing live performances and demonstrations of martial arts, music, calligraphy, shadow puppetry, and more, families explore the similarities between cultures.

 

Take Me There: China is made possible by lead gifts from Lilly Endowment, Inc.Eli Lilly and Company FoundationThe Lilly FamilyMrs. Yvonne ShaheenSarah and John Lechleiter, the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, Jane and Steve MarmonSusan and Jim Naus, and Polly Hix. Additional support provided by Randy and Janet Belden, the China National Tourist Office, the Confucius Institute, and The Capital Group Companies.

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Dinosphere

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Now You’re in Their World

Thundering footsteps. Unusual plants. A brilliantly colored sky and changing weather. Where are you? You’ve been transported to the land of dinosaurs—over 65 million years ago. Be on the lookout! TyrannosaursTriceratopsMaiasauras, and more are roaming nearby.

  • Come face to face with full-size dinosaur skeletons.
  • Dig for dinosaur bones.
  • See one of the largest displays of juvenile dinosaur fossils in the world.
  • Touch an authentic T. rex bone.

This exhibit is located on the Lower Level and Level 1.

Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

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The Children’s Museum of NH offers two floors of unique, interactive exhibits for children ages 1-12 and their families. Explore world cultures, under-sea research, brain waves, dinosaurs, music, nature and much more. Expanded location in a waterfront park in Dover includes shop, snack area, outdoor playground and plenty of parking.

Scavenger Hunt:

Colonial National Historical Park: Yorktown Battlefield – Redoubt 9

Colonial National Historical Park is located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia and is operated by the National Park Service of the United States government. The park protects and interprets several sites relating to the Colony of Virginia and the history of the United States more broadly, ranging from the site of the first landing of the English settlers who would settle at Jamestown, to the battlefields of Yorktown where the British Army was finally defeated in the American Revolutionary War. Over 3 million people visit the park each year.(Wikipedia)

Toledo Zoo: ProMedica Museum of Natural History – Nature in Hand Exhibit

The first floor of the museum begins with prehistoric Ohio, then becomes a walking tour of the various habitats found along Lake Erie following the Ice Age.

Exhibits:

  • Ohio: After the Ice – Walk back in history through wild Ohio to when American Lions, Mastodons and other giants roamed the land.
  • Tropics – Discover a two-story tropical oasis, complete with 30+ foot tall trees, bushes, orchids and much more.
  • Wetlands & Lakes – Take an interactive nature walk through the variety of ecosystems that surround the Great Lakes.
  • Oak Forest – See life from an ant’s perspective on the forest floor in this 24x larger than reality exhibit.
  • Rivers & Streams – Explore our local waterways as you flip rocks and happen upon live animals that live in our own backyard.
  • Native Prairies – Enjoy all the beneficial and beautiful native prairie plants and wildlife this living laboratory has to offer.

The second floor ties Ohio to species and habitats around the globe through venom and arthropods. This floor is also home to Nature in Hand, a hands-on library of bones, pelts and taxidermy along with The Mazza Gallery, featuring animal, zoo and nature-themed children’s book illustrations.

Exhibits:

  • Komodo Dragon – See the world’s largest and heaviest lizards and learn about their recently discovered potent venom!
  • Nature in Hand – Study a unique collection of fossils, pelts, bones and more interactive artifacts that bring science to life in this room generously supported by Dorothy MacKenzie Price.
  • Venomous Snakes – Venture into the world of venomous snakes from around the globe.
  • Hall of Venom – Explore how venom evolved as a defense mechanism and method to capture prey in many different animals and how its range of effects are experienced by victims.
  • Arthropods – Learn all about the largest group in the animal kingdom, invertebrates or animals lacking a backbone!
  • Mazza Gallery – Delve into nature, animal and Zoo-themed art from children’s books in this new mini museum. Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow, Beth Krommes, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2006

Toledo Zoo: ProMedica Museum of Natural History

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The first floor of the museum begins with prehistoric Ohio, then becomes a walking tour of the various habitats found along Lake Erie following the Ice Age.

Exhibits:

  • Ohio: After the Ice – Walk back in history through wild Ohio to when American Lions, Mastodons and other giants roamed the land.
  • Tropics – Discover a two-story tropical oasis, complete with 30+ foot tall trees, bushes, orchids and much more.
  • Wetlands & Lakes – Take an interactive nature walk through the variety of ecosystems that surround the Great Lakes.
  • Oak Forest – See life from an ant’s perspective on the forest floor in this 24x larger than reality exhibit.
  • Rivers & Streams – Explore our local waterways as you flip rocks and happen upon live animals that live in our own backyard.
  • Native Prairies – Enjoy all the beneficial and beautiful native prairie plants and wildlife this living laboratory has to offer.

The second floor ties Ohio to species and habitats around the globe through venom and arthropods. This floor is also home to Nature in Hand, a hands-on library of bones, pelts and taxidermy along with The Mazza Gallery, featuring animal, zoo and nature-themed children’s book illustrations.

Exhibits:

  • Komodo Dragon – See the world’s largest and heaviest lizards and learn about their recently discovered potent venom!
  • Nature in Hand – Study a unique collection of fossils, pelts, bones and more interactive artifacts that bring science to life in this room generously supported by Dorothy MacKenzie Price.
  • Venomous Snakes – Venture into the world of venomous snakes from around the globe.
  • Hall of Venom – Explore how venom evolved as a defense mechanism and method to capture prey in many different animals and how its range of effects are experienced by victims.
  • Arthropods – Learn all about the largest group in the animal kingdom, invertebrates or animals lacking a backbone!
  • Mazza Gallery – Delve into nature, animal and Zoo-themed art from children’s books in this new mini museum. Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow, Beth Krommes, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2006

Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively, with the consent of the United Kingdom, as required by the Quebec Agreement. The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians, and remain the first and only uses of nuclear weapons in armed conflict.(Wikipedia)

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park in the American Southwest hosting a concentration of pueblos. The park is located in northwestern New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Farmington, in a remote canyon cut by the Chaco Wash. (Wikipedia)

Santa Rosa de Lima

Santa Rosa de Lima was an early 18th-century Spanish settlement in the Rio Chama valley, near the present-day town of Abiquiu in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. By the 1730s Spanish settlers were moving into the Chama River valley, and by 1744 at least 20 families were living in the present-day Abiquiú area, where they founded the Plaza de Santa Rosa de Lima.Wikipedia

There are gallon jugs of water all around the monument with hearts and words on the jugs – “please water the roses if they are dry.”  A photo showing the jugs is in the highlight reel.  Travels this day took me by Ghost Ranch and the Echo Ampitheater in Carson National Forest.

New Mexico History Museum: A Mexican Mirror

Following the Mexican Revolution, artists came to see the ancient and folk art of Mexico in new light. Building on the foundation of their predecessors Jose Guadalupe Posada and Manuel Manilla, the new generation printmakers of the Taller de Gráfica Popular, or “People’s Graphic Workshop,” used their craft to promote the “progressive and democratic interests of the Mexican people, especially in the fight against fascist reaction.” The main products of their presses were posters, portfolios, fine prints, handbills and even children’s books – printed in woodcut, linoleum and lithography.

Pecos National Historical Park

Ruins of the lost church, also known as the Ortiz Church, you will explore the fascinating history of some of the earliest missionary efforts in Northern New Mexico. The church, which dates from 1617-1621, was first described and mapped by Adolph Bandelier in 1880.

Pecos National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park in San Miguel and Santa Fe Counties, New Mexico. The park, operated by the National Park Service, encompasses thousands of acres of landscape infused with historical elements from prehistoric archaeological ruins to 19th-century ranches, to a battlefield of the American Civil War. (Wikipedia)

New Mexico History Museum: Out of the Box – The Art of the Cigar

From the 1880s into the early 20th century, cigar manufacturers provided an avenue for the lithographic arts to flourish. Layering up to 10 colors in a stone-lithography process and even adding gold embellishments and stamped embossings, the images sold cigars through romantic landscapes, Western adventures, and hot-blooded señoritas.

Historian Loy Glenn Westfall recently donated a portion of his collection of lusciously printed cigar box labels (possibly the world’s largest collection) to the New Mexico History Museum. In Out of the Box: The Art of the Cigar, opening Oct. 7, 2016 (precise closing date to be determined), Palace Press Curator Thomas Leech shares primo examples to showcase the rich breadth of artwork created during the golden age of cigar box labels.

“Western imagery portrayed in this collection includes the brands Nue Mexico, Santa Fe, Flora Fina (Annie Oakley), Tom Mix and Chas. M Russell,” Leech said. “The themes run from Western Americana to printing technology, advertising, popular culture, and Cuban-American relations, past and present.”

The exhibit includes a 19th-century lithography press and an explanation of the lithographic process.

What’s inside the Washington Monument?

After being closed for 3 years, we show you never before view of the greatest tourist attraction in DC! Whether watching on your phone or in VR180, you can see this national treasure in an incredible way. Make sure to turn up the quality of your viewing experience to 5k, if you have a headset use that for VR viewing, or move your finger around on the screen to see all angles of this incredible monument to America’s First President. Huge thanks to the US Department of the Interior for giving us this incredible access before it reopens on September 19th 2019.

The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, in the American Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States. (Wikipedia)

Height555′
EstablishedJanuary 31, 1848
OpenedOctober 9, 1888
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Graffiti Alley Cambridge: Kobe Bryant

Richard B. “Rico” Modica Way is a public walkway in Central Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts., connecting City Parking Lot 5 to Massachusetts Avenue.

Partially covered by a colorful plastic “stained glass” canopy, Modica Way is an also an open-air, 24-hour art gallery. One side features a black and white photo collage of people and places around Central Square, installed by the city. The other has been set aside for use by graffiti and street artists, and is constantly updated with fantastic, colorful paintings both large and small.

A favorite stop for photographers with its ever-changing landscape, the walkway has shown work from nationally known artists Shepard Fairey and Enzo & Nio, and it’s not uncommon to find local artists at work when you visit.


Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, Bryant entered the National Basketball Association directly from high school, and played his entire 20-season professional career in the league with the Los Angeles Lakers. Wikipedia Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash January, 26, 2020 with 7 other people.

BornAugust 23, 1978, Philadelphia, PA
Career end2016
SpouseVanessa Laine Bryant (m. 2001–2020)

American Revolution

“On the afternoon of April 19, 1775. the first day of the American Revolution is unfolding.” Two hundred and forty-one years after the original battle, scores of professional reenactors, organizers, onlookers and photographers gather at Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park to honor the memory of this critical turning point in American history.

Auberge Place d’Armes

In the early 1600s, the Auberge Place d’Armes was built by Guillaume Couillard, one of the first French settlers. In 1621 he married Guillemette Hébert, the daughter of Louis Hébert, the first setter in New France. In fact, several heritage buildings have been built on land that was owned by Guillaume Couillard.

In 2003, Marc-Antoine Doré, a direct descendant of Guillaume Couillard, took over his ancestor’s building and the Couillard-Doré family completely renovated the property, taking care to respect the original work completed four centuries earlier. Staying at the Auberge Place d’Armes is journey back in time, the coming together of an ancestral building and the family that erected it.

Gull Beach

The natural setting of Maria is one of the most popular photos in the Gaspé Peninsula which is distributed all over the world.

This oversized steel frame highlights the variety of surrounding landscapes. This spectacular work was produced by Yves Gonthier, painter and sculptor, in 1995.

Saint-Elzéar Cave

Information about La Grotte de Saint-Elzéar

Inside the cave, the temperature is always maintained at 4 ° C, whether summer or winter. It is more than 200 meters long and sinks up to 35 meters below the surface. The visit is made on a metal walkway that visitors do not leave and which gives them access to the spacious and easily accessible sections of the cave. The age of the cave is estimated to be over 230,000 years. The opening of the entrance well would coincide with the retreat of the last glacier about 10,000 years ago. As the entrance shaft is vertical, it has acted as a trap for the animals that have inhabited the region for the past ten millennia. We can therefore observe a wide variety of bones. Some of them belonged to extinct species from the region. The cave of Saint-Elzéar, one of the oldest in Quebec, has a wide variety of concretions. We discover calcite flows, stalactites, stalagmites, globulites, moon milk and gours. Our guides, keen on this natural heritage, will share with you the keen interest that drives them.

Bunker WN-62

Almost at the very eastern end of Omaha beach, just below the American Cemetery is Wn62 a German strong point. These strong points were located all along the Atlantic Wall as a first line of defense against an attack by the Allies. No two strong points were the same, each one being designed for the location and also with what equipment was available.
WN62 had as its major armament two 75 mm cannon housed in H669 casemates. These are bizarre as it would seem that the camouflage  is on the interior of the casemate and not the outside. One of the guns had been moved away from the site by D-day.
They were aimed along the beach to the west and had large concrete walls protruding to the seaward side at the front to protect then from an attack directly from the front.
Although the Germans manning the guns were billeted in the village a house nearby was used to feed the troops and allowed them to rest whilst on guard here.
There were two small bunkers used to house ammunition .
Two larger bunkers, served to house ammunition, and in times of bombardments
personnel, which the nearer D-day approached the more bombardments were received.
Various machine gun posts  were also installed and it is typical of the Atlantik Wall defenses that various calibre’s were thought to be in use here. There was also an anti tank gun and an 50 mm mortar mounted in a Tobruk. In common with most strong points there was a small fire control post or observation bunker to keep watch over the sea.
Before the casemates  were completed the cannons were mounted on concrete platforms.

Behringer-Crawford Museum

The “William Behringer Memorial Museum” opened July 5th, 1950 showing off the collections of a late world traveler. Visitors would see a mounted stuffed life- sized black bear, birds, small game, the emblematic two-headed calf, American Indian artifacts and other unforgettable “curiosities.”

Also seen was the elegant streetcar “Kentucky.” Built in 1892, it had just been retired from public use and has since been restored. Streetcar lines had connected the river cities–centers of service and heavy industry and multi-ethnic urban life.

Under the first curator, Ellis Crawford, the museum co-sponsored nearby digs which yielded many more artifacts including large paleo bones from historic Big Bone Springs.

In 1979-80, after adding fire safety and restoration components, the museum reopened as the Behringer-Crawford Museum. Staff and volunteers increased public programming–Junior Curator archeology, arts, crafts and visual and performing arts. Permanent displays showed natural history, archeology, paleontology, mineralogy, rivers and steamboats, industry, folk art, politics, frontier home life, the Civil War and slavery. Special temporary exhibits added other attractions.

A regional museum, BCM has documented historic Civil War battery sites in three counties, including those in Devou Park.

In the early 1990s the museum built an outdoor amphitheater where people enjoy an annual freshART auction and a weekly summer concert series. During the holiday season, children, parents and grandparents enjoy watching the very popular toy trains and pushing the many interactive electrical buttons.

The region has been a hub for Rivers, Roads, Rails and Runways. In the last decade BCM added 15,000 square feet–adopting the theme of “Transportation.”

Other incisive themes include immigration, tourism and entertainment, municipal and regional planning and the local arts heritage.

The museum meets the standards set by the Americans for Disabilities Act. Newly renovated to better educate and entertain, Behringer-Crawford Museum will be 70 years old in 2020.

— John Boh, historian

Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá is a complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. A massive step pyramid, known as El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan, dominates the ancient city, which thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s. Graphic stone carvings survive at structures like the ball court, Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of the Skulls. Nightly sound-and-light shows illuminate the buildings’ sophisticated geometry.

Pilgrim Howland House

The Jabez Howland House is the only existing house in Plymouth where Pilgrims actually spent time. The original 17th-century two-story timber-framed house consisted of the porch, hall and hall chamber.  Jabez Howland, John and Elizabeth’s son, lived here with his family until they sold the house in 1680.  It was a private residence until 1912 when it was purchased for a museum. The Howland House is a National Register of Historic Places site.

Bass Museum: Ugo Rondinone

Spanning the entirety of the museum’s newly designed second floor, good evening beautiful blue by Ugo Rondinone is part of a major multi-institution retrospective comprising works that span three decades of the artist’s practice, from the late 1990s to the present. From poetic installations in public spaces to life-size drawings, Rondinone’s work balances on the edge of euphoria and detachment.

good evening beautiful blue begins with Rondinone’s clockwork for oracles II (2008). The multi-wall installation is comprised of 52-mirrored windows (one for each week in the year) set against a backdrop of whitewashed pages from a local newspaper. Visitors encounter their mirrored reflections, stopping momentarily to contemplate how their temporary presence in the room contrasts with the dated newsprint behind the windows, which becomes more distant throughout the duration of the exhibition. The subsequent gallery houses vocabulary of solitude (2014-2016), the centerpiece of the exhibition and the only work present in all venues of the retrospective. vocabulary of solitude is an installation of 45 life-size clown figures cast from 22 men and 23 women of various ages and ethnicities. The work takes inspiration from the artist’s reflection on his daily actions, where each figure is engaged in a different quotidian activity, such as sleeping, dreaming, remembering, showering and walking.

Marking its first appearance in the U.S. in nearly two decades, the final gallery presents an immersive six-channel video installation titled It’s late and the wind carries a faint sound as it moves through the trees. It could be anything. The jingling of little bells perhaps, or the tiny flickering out of tiny lives. I stroll down the sidewalk and close my eyes and open them and wait for my mind to go perfectly blank. Like a room no one has ever entered, a room without any doors or windows. A place where nothing happens. (1998). The entire room is given a blue tint by an illuminated ceiling, as projected slow-motion loops of six men and six women, alone in their frames, perform an unresolved gesture without acknowledging the viewer, like opening an apartment door, or floating (or sinking) in water. The final line of the work’s narrative title …A place where nothing happens. aptly describes the cyclical loop of movements performed by each figure, resulting in a thought-provoking and introspective space. Together, the selection of works places the visitor in an arena of contemplation and introspection, confronted by installations that stimulate self-reflection.

Ugo Rondinone (b. 1964, Brunnen, Switzerland) is a mixed-media artist who lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: the world just makes me laugh at Berkeley Art Museum, let’s start this day again at Contemporary Art Center (Cincinnati), giorni d’oro + notti d’argento at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Seven Magic Mountains organized by Art Production Fund and the Nevada Museum of Art (Nevada), vocabulary of solitude at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), i love john giorno at Palais de Tokyo (Paris), artists and poets at Vienna Secession (Vienna), breathe walk die at Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai), human nature organized by Public Art Fund in Rockefeller Plaza, (New York), we run through a desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted at Art Institute of Chicago, thank you silence at M-Museum Leuven (Belgium). His work is in the collections of MoMA (New York), ICA Boston, SFMOMA, Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), The Bass (Miami Beach) and Dallas Museum of Art, among others.

Bass Museum: Pascale Marthine Tayou

Born in Cameroon and based in Ghent, Belgium, Pascale Marthine Tayou brings his itinerant practice to Miami Beach for his exhibition, Beautiful, creating an organic and collaboratively formed presentation of work made in the last decade. Visitors will navigate between stacked Arabic pots, Colonnes Pascale (2012), and encounter Tayou’s colorful Fresque de Craies (2015), constructed of hundreds of chalk pieces arranged beneath West African colon tourist figures, gold foil, and plastic eggs. Tayou, whose practice spans media and subject matter, is an alchemist of sorts. His work fluidly transforms and recasts the viewer’s understanding of materials, objects, and narratives. Through the context of existing social, cultural and political structures, Tayou’s creations both mediate between cultures and question the frameworks in which they exist. Tayou’s work is deliberately mobile and heterogeneous, elusive of a pre-established schema.

Beautiful centers around an intervention with the museum’s permanent collection where Tayou presents his work alongside his own selection of objects from The Bass’ founding collection. The dialogue between contemporary artworks and objects from the past speaks to his overall practice and material considerations for incorporating objects encountered by chance or from his immediate surroundings into the installation. Further, Tayou’s concern for the decolonization of histories and territories aligns with the international and transient nature of Miami Beach and the impact tourism continues to have in shaping the city. Additionally, a newly commissioned, site-specific work by Tayou called Welcome Wall (2015), composed of animated LED signs that read “welcome” in over 70 languages, broadcasts a message of profound inclusion from the lobby of the museum.

Bandelier National Monument

Spend a few hours or an entire day hiking the many trails that wind through Bandelier National Monument and exploring ancient Native American cliff dwellings and petroglyphs.  Twenty minutes away is Los Alamos, home of Los Alamos National Laboratory and its Bradbury Science Museum, which tells the story of the Manhattan Project.

Auriesville Shrine

The Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs is located in the hamlet of Auriesville in Fultonville, NY. Once the 17th Century Mohawk Village of Ossernenon, it is now a Roman Catholic shrine dedicated to three Jesuit missionaries who were martyred here, and to St. Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk/Algonquin woman who was born here. (ourladyofmartyrsshrine.org)

New England Patriots vs Houston Texans: F-15 Flyover

Brady, Gronk open season with 27-20 win over Texans

Tom Brady threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns, hitting Rob Gronkowski for 123 yards and a score Sunday to lead the defending AFC champion New England Patriots to a 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans.

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER HOU NE
TD
11:50
Rob Gronkowski 21 Yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)
3 plays, 19 yards, 1:08
0 7
FG
2:33
Ka’imi Fairbairn 42 Yd Field Goal
4 plays, -7 yards, 1:33
3 7
SECOND QUARTER HOU NE
TD
12:38
James White 12 Yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)
10 plays, 75 yards, 4:55
3 14
FG
9:01
Ka’imi Fairbairn 36 Yd Field Goal
9 plays, 44 yards, 3:37
6 14
TD
0:14
Phillip Dorsett 4 Yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)
8 plays, 78 yards, 1:14
6 21
THIRD QUARTER HOU NE
FG
6:02
Stephen Gostkowski 39 Yd Field Goal
10 plays, 63 yards, 3:50
6 24
TD
1:52
Alfred Blue 1 Yd Run (Ka’imi Fairbairn Kick)
10 plays, 68 yards, 4:10
13 24
FOURTH QUARTER HOU NE
FG
9:48
Stephen Gostkowski 35 Yd Field Goal
13 plays, 58 yards, 7:04
13 27
TD
2:08
Bruce Ellington 5 Yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Ka’imi Fairbairn Kick)
6 plays, 16 yards, 2:24
20 27

American Jewish University – Re:Formation of the Jewish Body

Bel Air, CA – January 11, 2018 – American Jewish University is delighted to announce the upcoming opening of new exhibition space, the Project Room, in which curators and artists will be invited to respond to AJU’s art collection. The Project Room will launch with “RE: Formation of the Jewish Body,” curated by Los Angeles-based, Israeli art historian Sagi Refael. The exhibition explores the cultural perception and transformation of the Jewish male body via its emergence in pop culture and media, modernist and contemporary art, and ephemera and sports, from the early twentieth century to the present.

This visual path of representations begins with biblical figures; traverses the character of the “Wandering Jew” and the “Shtetl Jew” in European culture, which was perceived as weak, feminine and defeated; explores the active, confident “Muscle Jews,” conceived by early Zionist thinking; and addresses the contemporary subversive representations of sensual and even taboo-breaking contemporary Jewish masculinities in both American and Israeli cultures.
Artists being showcased include Zachary Balber, Salvador Dali, Mati Elmaliach, Ted Gilien, Austin Grodinger, Lea Golda Holterman, Alon Kedem, Saul Raskin, Melver Unter, Ron Winter, Sara Wallach, Gil Yefman, and more.

The Project Room invites the public, for the first time, to interact with AJU’s extensive collection, through projects that suggest crucial conversations relating to Jewish culture, questions of identity, and community formation. These creative opening points will serve as a platform for educational activities and public events.

“This new initiative reflects AJU’s longstanding commitment to the exploration of our shared past,” said Rotem Rozental, AJU’s Chief Curator, Assistant Dean of the Whizin Center for Continuing Education and Director of the Institute for Jewish Creativity, “We are honored to support local practice and cultivate current intellectual and creative pursuits that reflect our future by acknowledging the complexities, tensions, and nuances that have shaped our histories.”

The community is invited to join a free opening event on February 18, 2018, at 3 pm. The annual students’ exhibition of the Sarah Soraya Nazarian Fine Arts Program, Imagine, will open simultaneously, the public is invited to attend both events.
Further making our collection and cultural treasures accessible to the wider public, AJU now offers guided tours for individuals, families, schools and academic institutions at the Sondra & Marvin Smalley Sculpture Garden, the University’s extensive collection, and the Galleries. Tours are led by art historians, artists, and educators. For details and pricing, contact arts@aju.edu.

American Jewish University, founded in 1947, is a recognized leader in providing world-class, Jewish educational and cultural opportunities. By creating a unique and distinctive learning environment in which innovation is nurtured, new ideas are born, and Jewish values are integrated into community life, AJU has grown into a thriving center of Jewish resources and talent. For more information about AJU, visit us online at http://www.aju.edu. For more information about the Arts at AJU program, visit arts.aju.edu.

“Collide” by Howie Day @ City Winery Boston

Howard Kern “Howie” Day is an American singer-songwriter. Beginning his career as a solo artist in the late 1990s, Day became known for his extensive touring and in-concert use of samplers and effects pedals in order to accompany himself. He self-financed and self-released his first album, Australia, in 2000. (Wikipedia)

Fenway Park – Boston Red Sox

Fenway Park is a baseball park located in Boston, Massachusetts near Kenmore Square. Since 1912, it has been the home for the Boston Red Sox, the city’s American League baseball team, and since 1953, its only Major League Baseball franchise. It is the oldest ballpark in MLB.Wikipedia

The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League East division. The Red Sox have won nine World Series championships, tied for the third-most of any MLB team, and they have played in 13. Wikipedia

New 7 Wonders of the World

New 7 Wonders of the World was a campaign started in 2000 to choose Wonders of the World from a selection of 200 existing monuments. The popularity poll was led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber and organized by the New7Wonders Foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland, with winners announced on 7 July 2007 in Lisbon. Wikipedia

Amazon Fulfillment Center

Amazon.com, Inc., is an American multinational technology company based in Seattle, Washington that focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. It is considered one of the Big Four technology companies along with Google, Apple, and Facebook. (Wikipedia)

Costa Rican Jungle

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Chateau Bellevue – Austin Woman’s Club

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Chateau Bellevue is home of the Austin Woman’s Club. The members of the Austin Woman’s Club have cared for and preserved this historic building since 1929. Originally built as a private home, the building is now an events venue in downtown Austin, Texas.

 

Tiny Home That Runs on Dunkin

Written by: Drew MacFarlane, Weather.com

At a Glance

  • Dunkin’ Donuts has constructed a tiny home than runs entirely on a biofuel created using recycled coffee grounds.

  • The Home that Runs on Dunkin’ is a custom, fully-functional and transportable 275-square-foot tiny home.

  • The home includes a master bedroom, full-sized bathroom, kitchen, coffee nook and cedar porch.

Dunkin’ Donuts unveiled their multi-million dollar advertising tagline “America Runs on Dunkin'” more than 12 years ago, and now, that tagline can be applied to a house.

Cue the Home that Runs on Dunkin’, a custom, fully functional and transportable tiny house built to run entirely on a biofuel created out of recycled coffee grounds, the company announced in a press release.

By partnering with Blue Marble Biomaterials, a sustainable biochemical company, the companies were able to create the eco-friendly biofuel out of nearly 65,000 pounds of spent Dunkin’ Donuts coffee grounds.

The biofuel blend that powers the tiny home is made up of 80 percent coffee oil extracted from recycled grounds and 20 percent alcohol. For every 170 pounds of used coffee grounds, about one gallon of fuel is produced for use in a standard biofuel generator.

The tiny home itself was built in a partnership with New Frontier Tiny Homes, which constructed the home in just over three months. The 275-square-foot tiny home comes complete with a king-size bed, a full-size bathroom with a spa tub and washer/dryer, a two-person living room, kitchen, coffee nook and full cedar porch that drops down from a garage door along the side of the house.

Even the home’s exterior was designed to be aesthetically remnant of coffee, using dark stained cedar wood and Corten steel panels that have a similar, rusty texture to that of coffee grounds.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Albany, New York is full of rich history. Constructed in 1852, the cathedral was originally commissioned by Irish Bishop John McCloskey in order to serve his flock of Catholics who fled Ireland from the Potato Famine. Today, the cathedral stands as the second-oldest cathedral in New York state.

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Boston Marathon – Bombing Attack

The Boston Marathon is an annual long distance running event hosted by several cities in greater Boston in eastern Massachusetts, United States. It is always held on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday of April. (Wikipedia)

During the annual Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, two homemade pressure cooker bombs detonated 12 seconds and 210 yards apart at 2:49 p.m., near the finish line of the race, killing three people and injuring several hundred others, including 16 who lost limbs. (Wikipedia)

 

World Trade Center – September 11

The original World Trade Center was a large complex of seven buildings in Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States. It featured the landmark Twin Towers, which opened on April 4, 1973 and were destroyed in 2001 during the September 11 attacks.

 

Titanic

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.

 

Mill Girl

The Mill Girl by Antoinette Prien Schultze in Manchester New Hampshire. Like many towns on the Merrimack River in New England they experienced immense growth from the Industrial Revolution in particular the textile industry. The textile mills were one of the first to employ women on a massive scale. This statue represents those women who are largely forgotten as a key factor in Americas explosive growth.

Logan County Transportation Museum

The Logan County Transportation Museum addition opened in April 2014. The building was designed by architect Karen Beasley of Beasley Architecture and Design in Bellefontaine. It was designed in the spirit of the Big Four/New York Central Roundhouse railroad that stood in Bellefontaine from the late 1890s to the 1960s.

The building was made possible through a Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation. The ODOT grant paid 80% of the $3 million project. The Historical Society raised the rest of the money through donations from local businesses, industries and individuals. The complete list of donors can be seen in the entry of the Transportation

Museum, as well as a dedication board acknowledging many individuals who played a key role in the project.

The first floor bays are dedicated to numerous exhibits on Logan County’s important role in transportation.

The second floor houses the Logan County Genealogical Society and their library and the Logan County Historical Society’s Archives, as well as the AcuSport Meeting Room.

Pasadena Museum of History: Ernest Batchelder Exhibit

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The Pasadena Museum of History is featuring an exhibit, extended by popular demand through March 12, called “Batchelder: Tilemaker.”

Ernest A. Batchelder (1875-1957) was an Arts and Crafts tilemaker who lived in Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo Seco and made fountains, fireplaces and fixtures that can still be spotted in craftsman-style bungalows and at various sites throughout the Southern California area and beyond.

The exhibit celebrates the recent donation to the museum by Robert Winter, Ph.D., of a collection of Batchelder tile and archives. Since 1972, Winter has owned and lived in the house on what is now South Arroyo Boulevard where Batchelder built his first kiln, and where he lived during the years his design and tile business thrived.

Winter, a premier Batchelder expert, curated the exhibit, authored the accompanying book and figures prominently in the 15-minute documentary film that orients museum visitors to Batchelder’s life, importance and work.

Born and raised in the Nashua, New Hampshire area, Batchelder moved to Pasadena in 1901and became director of art at Throop Polytechnic Institute (the forerunner to what is today the California Institute of Technology).

But his spirit was restless, and through his travels to the Cotwolds town of Chipping-Camden, and his association with the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts and the Handicraft Guild in Minneapolis, he formed the resolve to give up his secure teaching position.

A hundred years ago, lovers of wood, clay and paint were chafing against the homogenized cheapness of factory-produced goods. Batchelder’s interest in the Arts and Crafts movement was inspired by the ideals of medievalism, with their guilds, mythical animals and tales of knighthood and chivalry. “The dignity of labor is of the mind and heart,” he observed, “not of the hand alone.”

In the early 1900s, Pasadena’s Arroyo — the area along the ravine that runs down from the San Gabriel Mountains through the western part of the city and south through town — was a thriving center for the movement.

Batchelder bought a piece of land there, envisioning a “productive workshop and school” in which “works would be executed in copper and silver, jewelry, enameling, leather and pottery.” In September 1909, he secured a permit to build a six-room, $2,600 frame bungalow. Noted Winter, “Batchelder’s design for his house used the dark-shingled, Swiss-chalet style we now call ‘craftsman’ to harmonize with its sylvan setting.”

In November 1910, Batchelder built a $300 shed in the backyard where he installed a single kiln. His tile-making business had begun.

At the beginning, he considered making even 12 six-inch tiles at a single process to be “quantity production.” By around 1912, however, the tiles — Byzantine birds, Viking ships, California missions — had become popular enough that the business moved to larger quarters to a site on Pasadena’s Broadway (now Arroyo Parkway).

As Winter observed, “Batchelder’s heart was in design — not in theory.”

“If you can appreciate and catch something of the grace and beauty of line in a simple wayside weed,” Batchelder wrote, “nature will yield you more in the way of suggestions for further work than if you sit down to the joyless task of torturing some gorgeous hothouse flower into conventional lines.”

In 1912, he married pianist Alice Coleman, whose legacy also lives on: the Coleman Chamber Music Association series that she started in 1904 continues to this day at Caltech. The Batchelders installed a keyboard in their beautifully tiled porch, where Alice performed her finger-strengthening exercises.

For those of us who thrill to rustic cedar shakes, dark unpainted wood beams, sleeping porches and the dreamy shade of live oaks, Batchelder’s tiles seem so beautifully evocative that you could almost eat them. Their muted, matte-finished colors — azure-dusted mauve, sea-green blue — were compared to those of a Persian rug “which do not admit of positively unharmonious combinations.”

The Batchelder-Wilson Company, as it came to be known, made fireplaces, fountains, bathrooms and fixtures that were affordable to those of modest means: “A fireplace is not a luxury; it is a necessity — because it adds to the joy and beauty of living,” Batchelder wrote.

One of its biggest assignments was the now long-gone Dutch Chocolate Shop in downtown Los Angeles, “a kind of German bierstube,” wrote Winter, “with arches and vaults, covered with tiles.” You can still admire his handiwork in the lobby of the historical landmark Fine Arts Building (1925) on West Seventh Street in downtown L.A., another of his finest installations.

The 1920s were its heyday. The Depression, sadly, effectively wiped the company out.

Walking the Lower Arroyo in the shade of today’s olive and sycamore trees, however, snowmelt murmuring down the flood channel after our recent rains, it’s easy to let the imagination wander back 100 years.

Up above, the lovingly tended home where Batchelder once lived shelters its own memories. Set into the metalwork of the redwood front door is a tile from one of his mentors, Henry Mercer, bearing the inscription, “Fluminis impetus letificat civitatem dei.”

The quote is from Psalm 46 and translates to: “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the City of God.” (Courtesy of angelusnews.com)

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Museum of Parliament & National Heroes Gallery

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The Museum of Parliament and The National Heroes Gallery

The Museum of Parliament traces the development of democracy in Barbados since 1629 until present times and the role that the island’s people have played in this growth. This information is housed in the historic West Wing of Parliament which offers a combination of traditional exhibits, artistic impression and modern interactive museum experience.

Treasure the memories of your visit.  Unique memorabilia reflecting the themes of the gallery and museum are available in the Gift Shop at reception.  Discover the history that has laid the foundation for the Barbados that we are so proud of today.

 

The National Heroes Gallery 

How does a community develop its values about its heritage?  How does it decide what to value from its past? How does one decide what quantum of these values to pass on to our future generations?  In order to identify the qualities that express the finest elements in the national character of its people, and to provide role models for future generations, a nation needs heroes.  In 1998, Barbados chose ten National Heroes. These are people whose lives have demonstrated a commitment to democracy, faith and freedom, social justice and excellence.
National Heroes are styled by “The Right Excellent.”

The ten National Heroes are: 

• The Right Excellent Bussa (Born in Africa and killed during an 1816 slave uprising fighting for his freedom in Barbados.)

• The Right Excellent Sarah Ann Gill (1795–1866)

• The Right Excellent Samuel Jackman Prescod (1806–1871)

• The Right Excellent Dr. Charles Duncan O’Neal (1879–1936)

• The Right Excellent Clement Osbourne Payne (1904–1941)

• The Right Excellent Sir Grantley Herbert Adams (1898–1971)

• The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow (1920–1987)

• The Right Excellent Sir Hugh Worrell Springer (1913–1994)

• The Right Excellent Sir Frank Leslie Walcott (1916–1998)

• The Right Excellent Sir Garfield St. Auburn Sobers (1936– )

***Info provided by: The Barbados Parliament

Sand Dune Arch

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Visit a secluded rock arch surrounded by sand and nestled among sandstone rock fins. Sand Dune Arch is a popular destination in Arches National Park, which contains over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. These arches are created by erosion from water and weather, so the iconic features of the park are constantly changing. The Entrada Sandstone layer — the pink rock you see — is ideally suited to form arches because it is very porous, which allows water in to start the erosion that leads to an arch.

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St. Simons Lighthouse Museum

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Climb to the top of St. Simons Lighthouse, a maritime landmark on the southern tip of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Completed in 1872, the lighthouse stands 104 feet tall, and has a 129-step cast iron spiral staircase that leads to the lantern room. Soak in the 360° views of the Atlantic Ocean and St. Simons Sound from the glallery deck. The lighthouse is still in operation today, and helps guide ships into the nearby sound.

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Wire Pass Slot Canyon

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Wire Pass is the entrance to Buckskin Gulch, the longest and deepest slot canyon in Utah. Slot canyons are known for their narrow passageways — Wire Pass is less than three feet wide in some areas — flanked by towering walls. Utah has the largest concentration of slot canyons in the world due to the large amount of sandstone and the particular rain patterns of the area. These narrow passageways form when flash floods carve notches into soft stone. The water flows through the notch, the flow becoming faster and stronger as it is forced through a small opening. Repeated floods create the dramatic, swirling patterns you see on the walls of the canyon as it is carved deeper. As slot canyons collect drainage from miles around, they can be very dangerous places to hike even when no rain is visible at the canyon. Wire Pass Trailhead is located in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, famous for its remote wilderness and striking geology.

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World War II Glider & Military Museum

The World War II Glider and Military Museum opened in July 2011, features one of only seven fully-restored CG-4A gliders in the world, as well as extensive military displays. During World War II, the Ford Motor Company’s plant in Kingsford built more Model CG-4A gliders for the United States Army than any other company in the nation at much less cost than other manufacturers. (Menominee Range Historical Foundation)

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City of Boston Archaeology Program: Shirley-Eustis House

The City of Boston Archaeology Program’s dig will be limited to 50 cm (20″) wide trenches in the areas that will be disturbed by future work. These trenches will allow us to document the presence, absence, and depth of any important features such as the kitchen or privy. We will NOT be excavating these fully if they are found, at least not yet. If found, we will spend the winter talking with the Shirley-Eustis House and the neighborhood to decide if and how much of the historic deposits should be dug before the work begins. If the decision is to excavate, we will come back in 2019 to do so.

The Shirley-Eustis House dig will begin October 1 and last 2-3 weeks. Follow along as we uncover new insights into Roxbury’s 18th and 19th-century history #DigROX #DigSEH #DigBOS (City of Boston Archaeology Program)

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Brown Canyon Ranch

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Brown Canyon Ranch, formerly known as the Barchas Ranch, is a historic ranch located in the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains, near Sierra Vista, Arizona.

The land Brown Canyon Ranch is on was first settled around 1880 by John Thomas Brown, who owned a hotel a few miles away in neighboring Ramsey Canyon. Following a succession of owners, the land eventually ended up in the hands of the brothers James and Tom Haverty. Between 1905 and 1907, James and his brother built what is today the most prominent building in the canyon, a modest three-room adobe home, now known as the Brown Canyon Ranch House. James and his wife Lessie homesteaded the ranch in 1912 and lived there until 1921, when it was sold to William and Margaret Carmichael.

The Carmichaels were major landowners in the Sierra Vista area and did not take up residence at the house. Instead, they rented it out to a local miner named Harvey James and later a Yaqui Indian named Chico Romero and his family. In 1946, the Carmichaels sold the ranch to Roy and Stella Rambo, who raised cattle on it until 1957, when it was again sold to Samuel and Cecile Barchas. The Barchas family did not live on the ranch, either, but they raised livestock on it all the way up until 1997. One year later it was deeded to the United States Forest Service in a land exchange.

Efforts to preserve and restore the historic ranch house, as well as its associated outbuildings, has been underway since 1998. In addition to the ranch house, there is also a one-room adobe storeroom adjacent to the house, a wooden corral and outhouse, the stone ruins of a barn, and a pair of man-made ponds, which are now used as a preserve for the endangered Chiricahua leopard frog. Further up the trail is a small graveyard known as the Brown Canyon Cemetery, followed by the ruins of an old house and the remains of the Pomono Mine. The ranch is open to hikers and picnickers, free of charge, for day use only.

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Consolidated B-24J Liberator | Collings Foundation

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This plane is the world’s only fully restored and flying Consolidated B-24J Liberator. The restoration took over five years and 97,000+ hours and involved original crew members and builders. Today, she is painted as “Witchcraft” in honor of the veterans of the 8th Air Force, who flew in the European Theater during WWII. The plan visits over 120 cities nationwide each year, flying as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour with the Collings Foundation. More than 18,000 Consolidated B-24 Liberator planes were built, making it one of the most produced heavy bomber and multi-engine aircraft in history. During World War II, it served in every branch of the US Armed Forces and in every combat theater. Design improvements allowed the plane a long range, high speed, and heavy bomb load. The Collings Foundation organizes living history events to help Americans learn more about their heritage through direct participation.

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America’s Stonehenge

America’s Stonehenge is an archaeological site consisting of a number of large rocks and stone structures scattered around roughly 30 acres within the town of Salem, New Hampshire in the United States. It is open to the public for a fee as part of a recreational area which includes snowshoe trails and an alpaca farm. (Wikipedia)
Address105 Haverhill Rd, Salem, NH 03079

Thomas Boggs House

In 1866, former trader Thomas O. Boggs founded the agricultural community of Boggsville, the first such community in Bent County and one of the earliest in the state. Unoccupied since 1975, the Boggs’ family house, shown here, has been restored as part of the Boggsville Historic Site.

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Midland, Texas: Visitors Center

Midland is a city in western Texas. Part of the Permian Basin area, it’s an oil industry center. At the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, interactive exhibits detail the history of local oil exploration and include Boom Town, a replica 1930s oil town with a land office and general store. Dating from 1939, the George W. Bush Childhood Home has been restored to its 1950s state, when the 43rd president lived there. (Wikipedia)

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Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village: Bigelow House

Originally located near New and Smith Roads, this house was built between 1840 and 1857 by Henry Bigelow, one of Amherst’s early residents. The house was constructed in the “saltbox” style, named for the distinctive pitched roof that slopes from the two-story front to the single story in the back which resembled a wooden lidded box in which salt was once kept. While not common in this area, the saltbox style was prevalent in Bigelow’s New England birthplace. The interior is furnished to reflect the most probable use of the house at that time—the home of Bigelow’s farm manager.

You can visit the Bigelow House at the BNHV campus at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY 14228 or online at BNHV.org.

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Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village: Rubeck House

This small plank house c.1840 is a typical first small structure often built by the earliest residents of Western New York. Unlike most other homes of this type, Rubeck House was never enlarged. Originally located near Dann and Smith Roads on property owned by the Lapp family, the house was likely rented to a poor tenant farmer or farmhand.

You can visit the Rubeck House at the BNHV campus at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY 14228 or online at BNHV.org.

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Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village: Schmitt Log House

Originally located in what was known as the “French Settlement” c. 1843 area near Ellicott Creek Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard, this log house was constructed of hand-hewn logs. Built by the Schmitt family upon arriving in Amherst, NY, from Alsace-Lorraine. It was occupied by Henry Smith, his wife, his mother-in-law, six young children and possibly a farmhand. This home, with only two first floor rooms and an attic loft, is typical of the many log houses built in Amherst by German settlers.

You can visit the Schmitt Log House at the BNHV campus at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY 14228 or online at BNHV.org.

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Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village: Elliot House

Built in 1851 at the corner of Garrison Road and Park Drive in Williamsville, this house was occupied by George W. Elliott, a “ploughmaker,” his wife, two daughters, and son until 1855, when it was sold to satisfy Elliott’s creditors. The re-created kitchen wing contains a replica 1850 cooking stove used for cooking demonstrations. Note the Greek Revival doorway with leaded glass sidelights.

You can visit the Lavocat House at the BNHV campus at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY 14228 or online at BNHV.org.

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Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village: Lavocat House

The original section of this farmhouse c.1840, formerly located on New Road between Millersport Highway and Tonawanda Creek Road, was built with a technique known as nogging construction. With exterior walls comprised of layers of brick between wood framing, this technique provided strength and insulation. The home is used for weaving demonstrations during events.

You can visit the Lavocat House at the BNHV campus at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY 14228 or online at BNHV.org.

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Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village: Blacksmith Shop

The blacksmith provided one of the most important services in the community. He was able to make or repair nearly everything that was made of iron. While many blacksmith shops were larger, this replica C. 1899 shop is typical of the smaller, one-man smiths found on farms. Demonstrations are performed at the BNHV by members of the New York State Designer Blacksmith organization.

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Seal Cove Auto Museum

The Seal Cove Auto Museum fosters joyful experiences for people of all ages and interests. Our collection features some of the earliest automobiles and motorcycles, as well as clothing and accessories, from 1895 through the early 1920s. Antique auto enthusiasts, history buffs, as well as anyone who simply loves stories or wants to experience something entirely different, will delight in this unique collection.

Inspired by over 50 vehicles, the Museum shares exciting stories about this transformational time in American history. Stories about invention and innovation, art, design, women’s rights, and social and economic changes can be traced through the early automobile, when inventors were experimenting with steam, electricity, and gas-powered engines. The Seal Cove Auto Museum shares these stories — the innovation, ingenuity, and the power of imagination — that created these vehicles and transformed life in America.

The current exhibit, Selling Lifestyle and Leisure: Art, Advertising, and the Automobile, uses a combination of original advertisements, large-scale reproductions, special ‘guest’ vehicles, and multi-media presentations, to tell the story of automobile advertising and design, the social trends that shaped the ads, and the talented artists and illustrators who created them.

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Salem Boys School

Constructed 1794, restored 1954

This building was built to house the school for boys in Salem, it was the first educational building built in Salem. The Salem Boys’ School, started in 1771, was for local boys to get their primary education. Gottlieb Krause, the Moravian mason, constructed the building but supposedly had assistance from an itinerant English-trained mason, William Grieg, who is attributed with showing Krause some new details, such as using a single size of brick instead of having to make many different sizes as Krause had done on previous buildings.

But in 1896 a new ‘Second’ Boys School was built on Church Street (across from the Vierling House) and the school moved, at which time the original building became a museum. The building has been used as a museum continuously since that time, first operated by the Wachovia Historical Society and since 1954 by Old Salem Museums & Gardens.

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