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
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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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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Jim Crow Museum

The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State UniversityBig RapidsMichigan, displays a wide variety of everyday artifacts depicting the history of racist portrayals of African Americans in American popular culture. The mission of the Jim Crow Museum is to use objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice.

The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia has a collection of over 10,000 objects, primarily created between the 1870s and the 1960s. It also includes contemporary objects.

The museum demonstrates how racist ideas and anti-black images were pervasive within American culture. It also shows how these images and ideas have resurfaced in recent years. Stories about African American achievements during the Jim Crow era, along with artifacts of the Civil Rights Movement, are also found within the museum. (Wikipedia) Captured by: Real Space

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Burton Historical Collection

The Burton Historical Collection (BHC) of the Detroit Public Library began as the private library of Clarence Monroe Burton. In addition to being a prominent attorney, Mr. Burton was a Detroit historiographer and the founder of the C. M. Burton Abstract Co. Mr. Burton’s original intention was to assemble a collection on the history of Detroit. Realizing that Detroit’s history was inextricably connected to that of Michigan and the Old Northwest and those histories to that of Canada and New France, he assembled a collection that was one of the most important private historical collections in the country.

Over the course of 40 years, Mr. Burton systematically collected original documents and personal papers of prominent citizens of Detroit and Michigan. By 1914 the library contained 30,000 volumes, 40,000 pamphlets and 500,000 unpublished papers. Mr. Burton donated his collection, including the building it was housed in, to the Detroit Public Library in 1915. The collection was moved to the new main library in 1921.

The BHC is both a repository of records of the past and a workshop of historical activity in the present, with emphasis on the history of Detroit and Michigan from the time of settlement in the 17th century to the present.

The background history encompasses the Great Lakes area, New England, and New France as well as local and county histories for both the United States and Canada. Noted for its source material, the BHC contains books, pamphlets, bound newspapers, atlases, maps, pictures, photographs, personal papers, archives, business records, and ephemeral items such newspaper clippings, broadsides, and scrapbooks.

Genealogical materials in the BHC include federal census population schedules, family histories, cemetery inscriptions, church records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths, military records, hereditary society indexes, heraldry books, immigration records, probate indexes and records, vital records, obituaries, and land records.

The Map Collection holds materials from around the world dating from the 16th through the 20th centuries with a particular emphasis on Detroit and Michigan. The collection includes maps, atlases, Sanborn fire insurance maps, gazetteers and geographical dictionaries.

Over 4,000 manuscript collections, consisting of personal papers, records of organizations, businesses and churches, and the governmental archives of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan make up the manuscript collection. Of particular interest are: the Grace Bedell letter to Abraham Lincoln; French licenses to voyageurs; correspondence and papers of local notables such as Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, Anthony Wayne, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft and Lewis Cass. (Burton Historical Collection) Captured by: Detroit Free Press

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Bruentrup Heritage Farm

The Bruentrup Heritage Farm was established in 1891. William Bruentrup married Ida Wagner and the bride’s family gave them 40 acres of land along White Bear Avenue as a wedding present. They added land until it reached 175 acres. Four generations of the family have farmed there. The farmhouse was somewhat modernized in 1912.

Over the years the surrounding land was being developed. A large part of the Bruentrup property had been sold, including the many acres where Maplewood Mall is now located. In 1997 the developers offered the Bruentrup family a very good price for their land. The Bruentrup’s offered the City of Maplewood the first chance to buy it. The City sent out a questionnaire to the citizens of Maplewood. The responses were very positive to the idea of saving the farm in that location.

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The newly formed Maplewood Area Historical Society became interested at that time. Private citizens and local businesses were sent pledge forms. The Historical Society raised over $20,000, but time was running out and the developers purchased the property. A group of Society members convinced our State Legislators to carry a bill to fund the moving of the farm buildings on to City-owned Open Space. The bill passed with the help of many citizen lobbyists.

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The farm buildings were moved in 1999. The house, barn, granary, machine shed and metal foundry building and 1 hundred years of farming artifacts were all moved to 2 1/2 acres donated by the City. This land is adjacent to 25 acres of City-owned prairie preserve. This preservation effort was a winner of the Historic Preservation Award in the year 2000. Because of the hundreds of volunteers, individuals, local businesses, labor unions, and the Bruentrup family we have been able to get the house, some of the buildings and the grounds in excellent condition. The work will continue. We welcome visitors to the Bruentrup Farm which is located 2 blocks east of Maplewood Mall on County Road D. (Maplewood Area Historical Society) Captured by: Nienow Cultural Consultants

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Sibley Historic Site

Visit the oldest Euro-American settlement in Minnesota where four distinctive limestone buildings grace the Minnesota River bluff across from Historic Fort Snelling. These buildings mark the American Fur Company’s control over the region’s Dakota trade between 1825 and 1853, when Mendota was a major center of the region’s fur trade. The Sibley Historic Site is on the southern bluff of the Minnesota River upstream from its confluence with the Mississippi. The site includes four of Minnesota’s oldest buildings, including the home of Henry Hastings Sibley — fur trader, General, and controversial first Governor of Minnesota. The Sibley Historic Site offers events, seasonal guided tours, and a museum shop.

About Henry Sibley
Born on Feb. 20, 1811, in Detroit, Henry Hastings Sibley came to the junction of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers in 1834 as the regional manager of the American Fur Company. Sibley went on to become one of the most influential figures in Minnesota history. His career included working as the region’s most prominent fur trader; serving as a politician and territorial delegate to the U.S. Congress; election as the first governor of the state of Minnesota; and serving as a general during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

The site of Sibley’s Mendota home (and eventually those of Jean Baptiste Faribault and Hypolite DuPuis) became the state’s first designated historic site, with restoration undertaken by the Minnesota district of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) in 1910. The site is now owned by the Minnesota Historical Society and operated by the Dakota County Historical Society.

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William G. LeDuc House

A Short History

LeDuc Mansion with ScaffoldingConstruction on the LeDuc house began in 1862 and was completed in 1866.  Following LeDuc’s service as Quartermaster in the Civil War, the family moved into the unfinished home in August 1865.  In March 1865 he had been brevetted a brigadier general for “efficiency, intelligence, and zeal in the discharge of his duties”.

William G. LeDuc came to St. Paul, Minnesota Territory in 1850 from Ohio to open a bookstore and law office.  In 1854 he purchased a quarter share in the town of Hastings from Alexander Faribault.  In 1856, he and his wife Mary Bronson LeDuc, with their two daughters moved downriver to Hastings, where they had also acquired two wheat farms and 160 acres with a small grist mill on the falls of the Vermillion River. It was on this property that William and Mary decided to build their dream home.

They chose a Gothic Revival home featured in Andrew Jackson Downing’s 1852 book Cottage Residences.  Downing was a pioneer in American landscape architect and author, whose reputation as a horticulturist was widespread.  He inspired Americans to surround their homes with the beauty of nature and encouraged the use of good design even in planning farmsteads.  More mansion than a cottage, the house has ten fireplaces; its limestone walls are three feet thick and, except for the cherry staircase rail, all the woodwork is made from white pine finished at the site. William and Mary chose three Downing designs for their rural home site; their residence, Carriage Barn, and Ice House. The estate is a complete example of the Gothic Revival style of Andrew Jackson Downing.

Carroll Simmons, a friend of the LeDuc grandchildren, purchased the home in 1940 for his antique business. In 1958 he donated the home and outbuildings with 4 acres to the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), with the agreement that he would continue using it for his antique business until he retired, which wasn’t until 1986. Between 1986 and 2003 the future of the property was uncertain.  Although it was the first property acquired by MHS, they had opened other house museums by the time they took possession.  Needed repairs were done on the house and carriage barn, but the property stood empty.

Citizen groups actively sought out ways to fulfill Carroll Simmons’ vision of having the LeDuc house open to the public.  In 2002 the Minnesota Legislature apportioned 1.2 million dollars in bonding funds for MHS to preserve the house and bring it up to current building codes.  Agreements were executed between the Minnesota Historical Society, the City of Hastings and the Dakota County Historical Society, which resulted in city ownership and DCHS management of the site.

The site opened for tours on May 22, 2005.  June 24, 2005, the Minnesota Historical Society deaccessioned the LeDuc House to the City of Hastings. As part of the agreement, the Society transferred $604,000 of net assets provided by Carroll Simmons for endowment, repairs, and maintenance of the LeDuc House.

 

 

 

Sources:

Original Record (Civil War) I Vol. 52, Part I, pg. 663.

An American Gothic: The Life & Times & Legacy of William Gates LeDuc, Steve Werle, Dakota County Historical Society, 2004

This Business of War; Recollections of a Civil War Quartermaster, William G. LeDuc, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1963

Hastings Star Gazette, 3-20-2003

Minnesota Historical Society Annual Report, 2005

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New Brighton Area History Center

The New Brighton Area Historical Society (NBAHS);  DSC1129the Exchange Hotel in 1891, built to accommodate the cattlemen coming to the stockyards; the Bulwer Junction Depot, now the New Brighton History Center; the stockyards at the turn of the century; and the railroad, all of which helped put New Brighton on the map.

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Theurer-Wrigley Mansion

The Theurer-Wrigley House, or “Wrigley Mansion”, is located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. This gargantuan 13,000 square foot home was built in 1896 and is a wonderful example of Chicago’s architectural history with its Italian Rennaissance & Craftsman qualities. As its name suggests, the home was originally built for Schoenhofen Brewing Company owner Joseph Theurer, but was later owned by Chicago’s well-known Wrigley family. The expansive interior has been well preserved and the beautiful woodwork and ornate details can be seen throughout. With nine bedrooms, a grand ballroom, and a carriage house, this historic property is a must-see! (Matterport)

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Rose Island Lighthouse

The Rose Island Light, built in 1870, is on Rose Island in Narragansett Bay in Newport, Rhode Island in the United States. It is preserved, maintained and operated by The Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation.

One of a group of New England lighthouses built to an award-winning design by Vermont architect Albert Dow,[3] Rose Island Light has sisters at Sabin PointPomham Rocks, and Colchester Reef. The lighthouse stands atop a bastion of Fort Hamilton, which was built in 1798-1800.

The building was abandoned as a functioning lighthouse in 1970, when the Newport Bridge was constructed nearby. In 1984, the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation was founded to restore the dilapidated light on behalf of the City of Newport, which had received it for free from the United States government.[5] In 1987, the federal government listed the lighthouse on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1992 it was relit as a private aid to navigation.[1][2]

The lighthouse is today a travel destination, reached only by boat. For a fee to the Foundation, visitors can spend a night as a guest or a week as the “lighthouse keeper,” completing many of the chores required to keep the lighthouse in good condition. (Wikipedia)

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Lincoln Heritage Museum

Abraham Lincoln is perhaps one of the most universally renowned and admired individuals in all of world history. His name is familiar in all corners of the globe. Visitors from all over the world come to the United States to learn more about who Abraham Lincoln was, as in many ways Lincoln is who America is. Our Lincoln Heritage Museum has been such a destination, as we witness visitors from nearly every state and many countries annually.

The Lincoln Heritage Museum allows visitors to appreciate the incredible life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. As Lincoln famously said in his Gettysburg Address, “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.” So it is for us to carry the lessons of Abraham Lincoln and his times to new generations. With that in mind, our mission is to interpret for the public the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln and the world in which he lived—particularly as it pertained to Illinois—and to be an academic resource for students from elementary school through adulthood. We invite all to learn from Lincoln and live like Lincoln. (Lincoln Heritage Museum)

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Mid-Century Modern Architecture Museum

In November 2015 the Belleville Historical Society purchased the Terry and Thelma Blazier House at 8501 West Main Street (#6 Oak Knoll Place) in Belleville to serve as a Midcentury Modern Architecture Museum. Belleville architect Charles E. King designed the home for the Blaziers in 1952.

In 1962 the house was converted into a funeral home, and it served that role for over 50 years. It was home to a small church when the historical society purchased it.

Several modifications had been made to the original structure, and we are now renovating the home to restore many features to their original state. Our goal is to create a house that is symbolic of Midcentury Modern (MCM) architecture featuring the work of Charles E. King. (Mid-Century Modern Architecture Museum)

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Stuart Heritage Museum

George W. Parks General Merchandise Store
The museum building is wooden, made of Dade County pine, which is some of the longest-lasting variety of wood to be found. It is a 1901 tin-roof structure of vernacular architecture with a classical pioneer false-front and a gabled tin roof which was constructed and named the George W. Parks General Merchandise Store of Stuart, Florida. This historical icon situated along the St. Lucie River in downtown Stuart is some 25 miles north of West Palm Beach and one of the earliest commercial buildings in the area. (Stuart Heritage Museum)

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Mount Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum

Located in the small town of Elbe in beautiful Washington State is a heritage railroad south of Mount Rainier National Park. Passengers enjoy steam train rides through the forest and across the glacial fed Upper Nisqually River to a museum located in Mineral, Washington. Museum exhibits offer a chance to explore a comprehensive collection of steam logging locomotives and discover the stories behind the pioneers of railroad logging camps in the early to mid-1900’s. Excursions and museum visits are scheduled on summer and fall weekends with thrilling holiday excursions each winter! (Mount Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum)

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Cascapedia River Museum

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Welcome to the Cascapedia River Museum. The Cascapedia River flows quietly through the village of Cascapedia-St Jules. If it could talk, it would tell a thousand tales about the lives of the people who lived along its banks and about those who came to experience salmon fishing in its waters. It would recount the local folklore about men who lost their lives in log drives or farmers who had to start again after flood waters receded from their fields. It would tell a story about the largest salmon taken from its waters, or about a Princess who cast her flies in fish-filled waters and painted its natural beauty. It would acquaint us with the rich and the famous who escaped their busy lives to find a sense of peace and balance in the hidden forests of the Cascapedia Valley. It would tell of the anglers who returned to their favorite fishing pools so that they could fill up on enough fishing stories to last another year.

These salmon anglers came not only for the bountiful yield of Atlantic salmon but also to share in the warmth and hospitality of the village and its way of life. The history of the Cascapedia River involves a mix of cultures that shared the river and created a distinct multicultural community. The Cascapedia River knows that it would be just another stream if it had not been for the love of the local people and the anglers who cast their fishing lines across its waters and its history.

Jewish History Museum: Holocaust History Center

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The Holocaust History Center at the Jewish History Museum is an educational institute dedicated to an ongoing examination of the Holocaust through the lived experiences of individuals who survived the war and later lived in Southern Arizona.  To date, over 260 individuals from 18 nations have been identified as those who were persecuted by Nazism, survived, and later arrived in southern Arizona.  These individuals, our neighbors, who have contributed to our community in numerous ways, are highlighted in the Center’s examination of this complex history. The Center purposefully situated the Holocaust along the spectrum of genocidal violence that remains a consistent feature of the human experience today. Additionally, the Holocaust History Center is committed to illuminating contemporary human rights abuses as they occur.

NASA Shuttle Fuselage Trainer

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The FFT is a full-scale mockup of the space shuttle orbiter — without the wings. It was used as a testbed for upgrades to the shuttle fleet and for astronaut training such as extra-vehicular activity (EVA) and emergency egress. Built at Johnson Space Center in the 1970s, it was the oldest mockup in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF). The FFT includes flight-quality systems, such as a payload bay, lighting and closed circuit TV (CCTV).

The Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF) was located inside Building 9 of Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. It housed several space shuttle mockups, including the FFT, as well as mockups of every major pressurized module on the International Space Station. It was primarily used for astronaut training and systems familiarization.

It typically took at least a year and sometimes longer for astronauts to train, depending on the objectives of the mission. Each crew spent up to 100 hours training in the SVMF in more than 20 separate classes.

While many of the systems in the SVMF are flight-like, they do not contain what is generally known as simulators (as used to train pilots). Instead, the FFT and other trainers in the SVMF were used for astronaut training in housekeeping, in-flight maintenance, stowage familiarity, ingress/egress, etc.

It took a versatile team comprising a variety of skills and experience to develop, maintain and operate the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility. Specialists such as designers, engineers, project managers, electronic technicians and shop technicians were used to create the accurate mockups to train astronauts, test systems, and procedures, and serve as gravity-bound simulations. (Museum of Flight)

Living Computers: Museum + Labs (LCM+L)

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Living Computers: Museum + Labs (LCM+L) is a computer and technology museum located in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. LCM+L showcases vintage computers which provide interactive sessions, either through time-sharing operating systems or single-user interfaces. This gives users a chance to actually use the computers online or in person in the museum. An expansion adds direct touch experiences with contemporary technologies such as virtual reality, self-driving cars, the internet of things, and robotics. This puts today’s computer technology in the context of how it’s being used to tackle real-world issues. LCM+L also hosts a wide range of educational programs and events in their state-of-the-art classroom and lab spaces. (Wikipedia)