Start your holiday weekend with our favorite highlights of the week.
Keira, president and CEO:
- Is beer “proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy?” Read on.
- One of my favorite Indiana Landmarks events of the year is the midcentury home tour. On June 4 from 1-6 p.m, you can tour five midcentury modern standouts from the 1970’s with cars of the same vintage at the Eden Glen neighborhood in Carmel. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the tour.
- “Adulthood “is far worse than I could even have imagined.” John Green is right – and one of the best commencement speakers around.
Leah, director of programs and community engagement:
- New obsession: Forklift Danceworks, an Austin, Texas-based dance company that creates works in collaboration with non-traditional dance crews. For instance: Department of Public Works employees and power utility workers.
- The History Doctor, a scholar who teaches in a public history program at Harvard, has some really good, really provocative observations about the state of the public history field, especially where it’s failing in terms of capacity, staff and training. Reading his summary of what makes successful organizations thrive, though, I was reminded a lot of the culture here at Indiana Humanities and why I love it here so much.
- Catch up on some highlights of our trek through Indiana’s largest old growth forest, Wesselman Woods, and sign up for one or more Next Indiana Campfires on June 7, June 9, June 18 and June 25!
Kristen, director of communications and development:
- Students at IU will get to participate in a very cool opportunity to digitize ancient sculptures, in partnership with the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. The 3-D project will help expose restorations and tell us more about the original state of the artifacts.
- Not sure why we celebrate Memorial Day? It’s more than just the day after the big race. Learn more, here.
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications and community relations manager:
- U.K.-based Landmark Trust restores historic buildings to their former beauty – and allows you to experience it sleepover-style. Check out these wild renovation stories in Italy, Scotland and more.
- What’s good for the heart…is good for the brain! NPR details how “Life’s Simple 7” impacts your cognitive ability.
George Hanlin, soon-to-be director of grants:
- This Memorial weekend a sellout crowd will watch the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Things have changed a lot since the early years, and in this piece (written five years ago for the actual centennial of the first 500-mile race in 1911), historian Charles Leerhsen discusses that very first running. It turns out that the debut of the Indianapolis 500 was . . . well, a bit of a wreck.
- Indiana Humanities’ office is just up the block from the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, so were big fans of all things presidential. If you’re a fan too and want to learn more about the men who have held the executive office (in a fun and engaging way), check out this podcast from the Washington Post. Each episode focuses on a different president, and Indiana’s own Ben Harrison is coming up on June 12!
Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:
- Tuesday was Bob Dylan’s birthday. Here is a sweet children’s book and accompanying animated video that capture the heart of “Forever Young.” Dylan wrote the song in 1974 for his four-year-old son, Jakob.
- At this restaurant in London, immigrant and refugee women find employment and unity.
Nancy Conner, director of grants and Novel Conversations:
- Carroll County Wabash and Erie Canal is a historic site with lots of do!
- The Indiana Center for the Book offers resources dedicated to reading and literature:
Claire Mauschbaugh, communications intern:
- 200 years of Indiana art – how cool!
- Join Storytelling Arts for the premiere of Keeping Hinkle “Hinkle” on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. Go Dawgs!
Do you have any humanities highlights from your week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.