December 18, 2015
Friday Faves: Dec. 18

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

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:

Leah, director of programs and community engagement:

  • Longform’s Best of 2015 collects the year’s most compelling, revealing and surprising journalism in one place, for your convenient holiday reading. May I recommend you start with “The Mixed Up Brothers of Bogotá”?
  • 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history” projects that ask the public to help transcribe, analyze or in some other way process large quantities of historical documents.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:

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.

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