We’re talking famed figures, art and more in our favorite humanities finds of the week. Read on!
Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:
- This is a great resource for history teachers: The Met just released more than 375,000 digital images of art within its collection—free of use to educators, students, or just general arts fans. Browse the Open Access collection.
- You may have heard about an Atlanta museum’s massive effort to restore and move a 6-ton, 130-year-old Civil War cyclorama painting called “The Battle of Atlanta,” but did you know it was housed in Indy from 1888 to 1891? Here’s proof from the Indiana Historical Society.
George Hanlin, director of grants:
- The Little Golden Books turn 75! Here’s a little history on the classic children’s series.
- Increasing numbers of American cities are using demolition as a tool to address blight, but what happens to a community’s sense of history and heritage when its neighborhoods meet the wrecking ball? The Washington Post examines the question by studying the people of North Bradford Street in Baltimore.
Leah Nahmias, director of programs:
- This week was the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birth. These beloved books have a complicated history, as traced in this lovely essay from the New York Times. (Bonus: Almanzo Wilder is definitely a founding member of My Daguerreotype Boyfriend club.)
- You’ve got one week left to see an exhibit of artwork by refugees to Indianapolis, now showing at Marian University.
- I first learned about Ona, a slave who escaped from George Washington’s Philadelphia “White House” in grad school (the house’s footprint was discovered as planners were making way for the new Liberty Bell museum–an interesting interpretative challenge). Read her story here.
Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:
- Disillusionment at its finest! This New York Times article describes what a real-life Mr. Darcy probably would have looked like based on what historians know of a standard 1813 gentleman. Hmm, I think I’ll stick with Colin Firth.
- Here’s an interesting BBC article about Grant Wood’s American Gothic, one of the most iconic pieces of artwork in the world. Did you know that the house in the background still stands in Iowa?
- Coloring is known for its zen-inducing ability. Print out one of these pages from the Smithsonian Libraries and share your design on social media. Looking for inspiration? Check out SL’s Color in a New Light exhibit before putting your crayon to paper.
- YES. The New York Public Library is putting true love into words. Share these fun Valentine e-cards next Tuesday. “Check me out” is a personal favorite.
Keira Amstutz, president and CEO:
- The Arts Council of Indianapolis is seeking artists for its second annual Indy 500 Welcome Race Fans Projects. Learn more about this exciting project.
Have a few you want to share? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.