We enjoyed a wonderful week filled with great conversations and great articles. Here are our “Friday Faves”:
Keira, president and CEO:
- I usually set goals for reading at the start of the year. I am definitely going to test out The New York Public Library’s Read Harder Challenge. It’s an amazing list to encourage you step outside your traditional book comfort zone.
Kristen, director of communications and development
- I was perusing Indianapolis’ Silver in the City and stumbled upon some great local gifts. I’m sharing a few of my favorites this week if you need a few last minute Christmas gifts this season for the Hoosier in your life:
- Winter Woven– A beautiful picture book illustrated by one of my favorite local artists, Kyle Ragsdale. (You can also buy it on Amazon.)
- Hoosier Harvest– A beautiful book that reminds me a bit of our book Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest; but this one contains Indiana recipes. (Purchase Hoosier Harvest in-store.)
- Anything from People for Urban Progress– RCA Dome clutches, Super Bowl XLVI messenger bags, Domeflakes, etc.
- Anything from United State of Indiana– I especially love the “This is Home” tees!
Leah, director of programs and community engagement:
I love “citizen history” projects that ask the public to help transcribe, analyze or in some other way process large quantities of historical documents. History Unfolded, a new project by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is asking the public’s help collecting stories from local papers in the 1930s and 1940s that relate to the Holocaust—the goal is to get a sense of what Americans knew, and when they knew it, about the genocide as it happened. This would be a powerful project for students to contribute to, as well as for libraries an history organizations’ to unleash their most passionate history sleuths on to.
The story of how the world’s great Holocaust museum ended up in the United States as part of the Smithsonian is a fascinating one in itself. Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America’s Holocaust Museum is worth a read if you’re interested in museums, public history and politics. It’s by Ed Linenthal, an historian at Indiana University, who often writes on similar themes.
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications manager and program associate:
- Oh my! All of my favorites featured on one link (travel, food and design). View Henry Hargreaves Food Maps.
- Yoda speaks English. An interesting read amidst the Star Wars hoopla! Hmmm.
Nancy Conner, director of grants and Novel Conversations:
- View the Digital Public Library of America. Efforts led by a range of organizations, including the Library of Congress, HathiTrust, and the Internet Archive, have successfully built a collection of resources that provide books, images, historic records, and audiovisual materials to anyone with Internet access.
- A lexicon of project management terms, presented in a handy infographic. Check it out.
Any humanities highlights from your week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.