Historical Highlights #037

Happy Friday, everyone! This week I came across several articles about museums that I think you’ll enjoy. I’ve also included links about writing tables, maps, Shakespeare, WASPs, and the first woman to run for president. I hope you have time to read a few of these historical highlights this weekend.

Two reasons not to touch the statues in museums: here and here.

What do you think of this museum app?

“A Paris museum puts the immigration back in French history”

I would visit this art exhibit if I were in Washington DC this spring/summer.

Stick sculptor Patrick Dougherty creates nests in his 2015 work Shindig. Ron Blunt/Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

I just learned about erasable writing tables: “such books would have been ideal for writing or sketching while walking, on horseback, or outdoors, as manipulating a quill, ink, and paper without a desk would have been almost impossible.”

Folger MS V.a. 531 binding and stylus (enhanced)
Folger MS V.a.531, binding and stylus

If you liked this blog post, you’ll be interested in National Geographic’s map blog. “There is something magical about maps. They transport you to a place you’ve never seen, from the ocean depths to the surface of another planet. Or a world that exists only in the imagination of a novelist. Maps are time machines, too. They can take you into the past to see the world as people saw it centuries ago. Or they can show you a place you know intimately as it existed before you came along, or as it might look in the future. Always, they reveal something about the mind of the mapmaker. Every map has a story to tell.”

This page from an 1830 historical atlas is titled “A.D. 1498, The Discovery of America” and shows clouds of ignorance dissipating as geographic knowledge expanded over time. Stanford University, David Rumsey Map Center
Have you ever wondered why Shakespeare remains so popular? Read Dr. Michael Witmore’s take. (He’s the Director of the Shakespeare Folger Library.)
I mentioned in this post that I recently learned that the United States had women pilots during World War II. Well, here is some  current news about them.
WASP (from left) Frances Green, Margaret Kirchner, Ann Waldner and Blanche Osborn leave their B-17, called Pistol Packin’ Mama, during ferry training at Lockbourne Army Air Force base in Ohio. They’re carrying their parachutes. National Archives.

Speaking of women, did you know that a woman ran for U.S. President in 1872?

And that’s all for today!

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