We’re talking S-Town, Henry VIII and more in our favorite humanities finds of the week. Read on!
Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:
- Many of us at Indiana Humanities have been sucked into S-Town this week. Highly recommend you binge listen to this series—full of colorful and sometimes inappropriate language, I must warn you. I won’t soon forget the characters in this real-life drama.
George Hanlin, director of grants:
An Indianapolis nonprofit called Big Car Collaborative understands the value that the arts bring to communities. That’s why it has started a program to help artists buy houses in its own neighborhood—and why it has put safeguards in place to ensure that they’re able to stay. Fast Company has the story.
This week marks the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I, and I was fortunate to attend a ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial marking the occasion. The state of Indiana has formed a World War I Centennial Committee that’s working with communities across the state to commemorate the Hoosiers who served, and you can learn more about the efforts at the committee’s website. Meanwhile, if you’ve never been to the war memorial (which was built in the 1920s in honor of Indiana’s WWI veterans), make an effort to visit. It’s one of the state’s most beautiful (and underappreciated) spaces.
Leah Nahmias, director of programs:
- Do archivists have secret nerdy fraternities with heretofore unknown hazing rituals? Maybe that’s how this collection of 1920s IU student letters, now properly archived, landed on the roadside in West Lafayette?
- We’re trekking and talking next week at Shelby County’s Meltzer Woods (join us!). I’ve been getting myself psyched for the spring time woods by reading Philip Larkin’s poignant poem “The Trees.”
- The Hague transformed itself into a modernist painting by the artist Piet Mondrian. This is so cool—I keep looking around the Indy skyline for similar-era buildings to turn into giant works of art.
Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:
Since the world can always use more Gilbert Blythe (SWOON), I was pleased this week when Netflix released a trailer for the Anne of Green Gables miniseries that’s set to air on May 12. I’m excited but doubtful that the new rendering will even come close to the perfection of the 1985 CBC version.
Keira Amstutz, president and CEO:
- This week marked the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. I was grateful to find this searchable Gold Star honor roll book that lists by county every Hoosier who died in the war.
Claire Mauschbaugh, communications and event associate:
- In honor of National Beer Day, TIME interviewed the Smithsonian’s Beer Historian. Cheers to beer history!
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