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Arts and Technology - Knight Foundation
Through a multi-pronged approach we want cultural institutions to recognize the opportunity technology presents and encourage institutions to take risks, adapt new approaches and share what they have learned.
museums  art-tech 
yesterday by crankin
Ernest Lowe: Black Migrants to the Central Valley (Fresno Art Museum 2018 exhibit)
During the 1940s and 1950s, some 40,000 African American sharecroppers migrated to California’s Central Valley, taking up residence in farm labor camps. Their rural to rural journey makes them the great exception to the Great Migration, which was overwhelmingly rural to urban. Shortly after arriving, these black migrants were all but put out of work by the mechanization of agriculture.

In the early 1960s, while reporting on migrant labor for KPFA radio, a young photographer, Ernest Lowe, captured powerful black and white images of life in the communities of Pixley and Dos Palos adjacent to Fresno, California. These townships were impoverished yet cohesive communities, lacking paved roads, electricity, running water, and other essential services. Lowe’s photographs are the sole extant document of this rural people’s journey to a land of broken promises.

His startlingly beautiful images of community, individuals, tasks, free time, housing, and church provide the viewer a local historical perspective on the migrant hardships they managed and survived.

This is an original exhibition of the Fresno Art Museum drawn from the historic negatives of Ernest Lowe and printed for the exhibition by photographer Joel Pickford. The selected photographs transport audiences back in time nearly sixty years to experience life in rural African American communities of the Central Valley.

Exhibition Curator: Michele Ellis Pracy, FAM Executive Director & Chief Curator

Exhibition Sponsors: Baker Peterson Franklin, CPA, LLC, Cal Humanities Community Stories Program, and West of West Center for Narrative History of the Central Valley.
Ernest  Lowe  Photography  Blacks  Central  Valley  CA  Migrants  Migration  Museums 
yesterday by dbourn
USS Constitution - A Sailor's Life for Me!
Prepare to set sail on a seafaring adventure! Live the life of a young sailor aboard USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides," during the War of 1812. Scrub the deck, haul on lines, steer the ship, and work the guns. Tell tall tales and perhaps sneak a game of dice during your leisure time. If you do well, you'll rise through the ranks and eventually captain your own gun crew.

Explore the ship and learn about the daily lives of the 450 sailors who lived and worked in these crowded spaces. Listen as they tell you about their lives in their own words. Vivid, detailed drawings and playful text by world-renowned artist Stephen Biesty and writer Richard Platt let you explore all of USS Constitution's nooks, from the dark hold to the top of the tallest mast—and everywhere in between.

Drawing on more than 10 years of intensive research by the USS Constitution Museum, this is the most accurate and thrilling depiction of life at sea ever presented. Now raise the anchors and sail into the War of 1812!
Museums  Boston  MA  Ships  USS  Constitution  Old  Ironsides  Public  History 
5 days ago by dbourn
Dan Golding on Twitter: "When the kids’ text is 100% better than the adults… "
"When the kids’ text is 100% better than the adults… "

"Do you remember your dreams?"
kids  museums  awesome 
10 days ago by edsonm
Port Royal National Historic Site, Nova Scotia, Canada
https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/portroyal/index
When French merchant and explorer, Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons, and his cartographer, Samuel de Champlain, scouted for an area to settle in 1604, they originally chose the island of Saint Croix in the river between Maine and New Brunswick. However, after a particularly harsh winter on the island, during which half of the 79 colonists died of scurvy, de Mons realized he needed to find a more sheltered location that also offered a reliable source of water, farmland and wood.

Port-Royal, Nova Scotia
The colony was relocated to Nova Scotia to the head of what would later be called the Annapolis Basin. Champlain declared that the site was “the most suitable and pleasant for a settlement that we had seen.” They called the spot Port-Royal, in recognition of the French king who had granted de Mons a monopoly on the area’s fur trade, and it became the first European settlement north of Florida.

History of Port-Royal
Under the direction of Jean de Biencourt, who led the expedition after de Mons returned to France, Port-Royal was built in the summer of 1605, resembling the fortified farm hamlets that could be seen in 1600s France. The buildings were laid out in a rectangle with:
homes for the men;
storage and work areas;
and cannons overlooking the ramparts.
Surrounding the habitation were:
gardens for vegetables;
a fish pond; and
a water-powered mill on the nearby Allains River.
The Mi’kmaq people, who had lived in the region for thousands of years prior to the arrival of the colonists, welcomed the French and a friendship and alliance was formed.

Biencourt and Champlain never forgot the hardships they had experienced on St. Croix and worked to make entertainment a regular part of life at Port-Royal. This included a theatrical performance titled The Theatre of Neptune in New France and founding the now famous Order of Good Cheer (l’Ordre du Bon-Temps in French), which saw the men enjoying lavish meals and festivities through the winter of 1606-1607. The Order is still active to this day.

Despite its success, Port-Royal’s future as a permanent settlement was cut short when the French king revoked de Mons’ monopoly. In the fall of 1607, the colonists returned to France, leaving the habitation in the hands of their Mi’kmaq allies. Champlain, meanwhile, set off along the St. Lawrence River on a new expedition to settle a new habitation called Quebec.

Present-Day Port-Royal
Today, the Port-Royal National Historic Site of Canada features a reconstruction of the settlement’s early 17th- century buildings, including the distinctive, closed-in quadrangle known as the Habitation. Visitors can step back into the earliest days of French exploration to gain an impression of the place where these early settlers lived.

During the summer learn about Mi'kmaw culture by visiting the wigwam and immersing yourself in the tales, songs, and legends of the Mi'kmaq.
Canada  Nova  Scotia  Living  History  Museums  Public 
13 days ago by dbourn
Shekon Neechie An Indigenous History Site
Shekon Neechie provides a venue for Indigenous historians to gather as an e-community and share their ideas or works in progress. “Historian” in this case is broadly defined as a person who researches and presents Indigenous histories in essays, stories, photographs, videos, podcasts, or through other means and whose work is based in oral history and traditions, archival research, archaeology, and material interpretation. The historians featured here are formally trained – either within the academy or in the community – or self-taught.

We encourage well-established Indigenous historians, graduate and undergraduate students, and community historians from around the world to submit their works (written pieces should be between 500 and 2500 words). Those submitting to Shekon Neechie will be given feedback from other Indigenous historians. We consider Shekon Neechie a place for thoughtful and generous peer review, as pieces will be read to ensure quality of writing or other formats, as well as the argument presented.

Shekon Neechie is entirely Indigenous conceived, created, and controlled. Though there are many history websites in Canada and abroad that attempt to convey Indigenous perspectives, their managing boards, advisory councils, editors, staff, and contributors are all (or nearly all) people who reflect the relative homogeneity and whiteness of the historical profession writ large. While these sites offer opportunities for Indigenous writers and scholars to contribute pieces for special Indigenous-focused issues or invite Indigenous scholars to act as guest contributors., they are not sites where Indigenous peoples have a stake in the production or curation of intellectual discourses. It is important for Indigenous historians to find our way into spaces dominated by non-Indigenous scholars. However, it is equally important for us to carve out spaces where our work is centered and in conversation with other Indigenous historians. Shekon Neechie is one such space.
Indians  History  Public  Museums  Native  US 
14 days ago by dbourn
GitHub - Ambrosiani/museums-on-github: A list of museums with github accounts
Handy list of supposedly tech-forward museums who might like a Museum in a Box. Combine this list with those who are being forward in their open access, too.
museums  GitHub  museuminabox 
14 days ago by george08
Fort William Henry Museum
For almost 70 years, England and France had been at war with a few breaks of unsettled peace. By the beginning of the 18th century, they were the only rivals in the conquest for domination of North America. The French and Indian War was a colonial extension of the Seven Year’s War; hostilities in which more lives were lost than during the American Revolution and involved people on three continents and the Caribbean. It was the true first world war.

Each side wanted to increase its land holdings in the New World and protect its valuable fur trade. Claim of land by one side or the other resulted in disagreements and skirmishes. George Washington was sent to build a fort near Great Meadows, PA which was taken by the French just one month later. This set off a string of small battles which resulted in an official declaration of war in May 1756.

For the early years of the war, the French, although outnumbered by the British, dominated the battlefield defeating them in battles at Fort Oswego, Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) and Fort William Henry.
August 3-9, 1757: Fort William Henry – The commander-in-chief of the French forces, Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, lays siege to Fort William Henry which Lt. Col. George Monro is finally forced to surrender. The infamous massacre occurs on August 10 which will later be dramatized in James Fenimore Cooper’s book, The Last of the Mohicans. The fort is burned in fires that lasted two days and could be seen from Fort Edward, 16 miles to the south.
NY  Fort  William  Henry  French  and  Indian  War  1750s  US  History  Museums 
14 days ago by dbourn

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