Historical Highlights 089

I hope a beautiful weekend is in your forecast. We have our anniversary and one of our kid’s birthdays right around now, so Mother’s Day is generally overlooked. (But maybe when they’re older my kids will bring me breakfast in bed!) Whatever you’re doing this weekend I hope you have time for a little reading about archives and libraries.

“Architectural preservation is rarely so thrilling as it was in 1930s China.” So begins an in-depth article on the Liangs, a Western-educated couple who saved China’s architectural treasures.

A palaeography class takes a field trip to Aberdeen. (And here’s my vocabulary quiz where you can test your knowledge of the word “palaeography.”)

What’s next for libraries? “What started as an archive to document Washington, D.C.’s fabled punk music history evolved into wider support of the city’s current music scene, including hosting basement shows—a punk staple—in the library itself.” 
Read more.

Learn about Obama’s presidential library (slated to open in 2021).

Speaking of presidents, here’s a blog post on preserving historic hair.

Since I enjoy posting about picture books on historical topics, I was particularly interested in this blog post about the depiction of Chinese Canadian labourers in children’s books. (You can find my list of Canadian history picture books here.)

I was also intrigued by this post from the National Library of Scotland since I just finished this book, which includes Newton’s papers, and I just wrote this post about one of Blake’s poems.

Have you ever wondered about the history of flower crowns?

Or about how weather data is archived?

Let me know if any of these links caught your interest. (Or if you’re doing anything fun this weekend — I always love to chat!)