August 26, 2016
Friday Faves: August 26

Connect to links we love, programs we admire, events to look forward to, folks to follow and great work in the public humanities.

We’re talking the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, medieval baking practices, secret universities and more in this week’s Friday Faves.

Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:

George Hanlin, director of grants:

  • The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25! To celebrate, the NPS is sponsoring a number of events, outlined on a centennial page on its website. Be sure to check out features highlighting the history of the NPS and the beauty of the parks.
  • Want to observe the NPS anniversary at one of Indiana’s national parklands? The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is hosting a free concert by the Northwest Indiana Symphony this Saturday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m. It’s also the 50th anniversary of the national lakeshore (founded in 1966), so there are two good reason to celebrate—and what better way than with sand, a sunset, and a symphony!
  • By the time Woodrow Wilson signed legislation officially creating the National Park Service in 1916, the U.S. had already established several national parks. While Theodore Roosevelt gets much credit for being an early proponent for national parks, Indiana’s own President Benjamin Harrison preceded him as a strong conservation advocate, among other things establishing Sequoia, General Grant, and Yosemite national parks. You can learn more about Harrison’s efforts in this Indiana Humanities blog post.

Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:

  • Thanks to board member Ted Frantz for alerting us to the news that a few parks in Michigan now sport poetry on their traditional brown signs. The discovery of poetry in an unlikely setting is what the park was going for—and why I love it!
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities is celebrating its 50th year by highlighting 50 projects it has supported during its history. Get lost in some of the fascinating research—from excavating an ancient shipwreck to the papers of George Washington.

Leah Nahmias, director of programs and community engagement:

  • Drop what you’re doing and read this incredible story about the African archaeologists who are searching for the wreckages of slave ships that sank during the Middle Passage. The story shares why African historians have been slow to study the slave trade and the incredible lengths researchers today are taking to dig into this (underwater) history.
  • Do you find yourself hooked on The Great British Bake-Off? Then I think you’ll love this deep dive from the British Library into medieval baking practices, complete with illustrations from illuminated manuscripts. I’ll tease you with the promise of bunny bakers!
  • Meet the writers—including friend-of-a-friend Renee Watson–who are working to turn Langston Hughes’ Harlem brownstone into a writers center. As you might imagine, the strong forces of gentrification are reshaping the traditional black neighborhood where it’s located; it’s inspiring to hear writers talk about how important it is to keep the home of this powerful writer from turning into another condo or coffee shop.

Keira Amstutz, president and CEO:

Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications and community relations manager:

Do you have any humanities highlights from your week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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