Thursday, January 28, 2010

Round Up

February 1, 2010 is the 50th anniversary of the Greensboro students sit-in. We have come such a long way, and we have such a long way to go. Here is a National Museum of American History blog entry about this anniversary. The Greensboro 4 (Jibreel Kazan (Ezell Blair, Jr.), Franklin Eugene McCain, Joseph Alfred McNeil and David Lenail Richmond)are going to be awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal.

While I was doing a bit of research about the Greensboro 4 I came across a blurb that Greensboro, North Carolina has their own museum, the Internati0nal Civil Rights Center and Museum dedicated to this ultra-important historic event. I'm just a bit curious in wondering if they want their lunch counter back. The lunch counter, a hugely important artifact, is a very popular attraction at the Smithsonian's American History Museum in Washington, DC. And I actually think it should be returned to the city of Greensboro. I am all for repatriation of items, and I could go on and on about it, but I'll just leave it at that-for now. When the new Smithsonian National Museum of African History and Culture (NMAAHC) opens in 2015 I wonder if they will want the lunch counter as well.

I like the products that Ancient Industries offers. They have a nice blog as well.

Check out Bookbook.

Purple and all of its many variations are my favorite colors. I'm diggin' these new colors from Le Creuset-Cassis and Lilac.

Oxford, England has plans to build a Museum of Storytelling.

The incomparable dietician, author and foodie Marion Nestle has a blog-Food Politics.
Best kitchen gadgets of 2009.

When I was in library school I was astounded by the folks who did not know that the Smithsonian Institution has libraries. I guess I shouldn't have been. If you don't ever have any contact with something ,why should you know that it exists? The Smithsonian has 20 libraries all under the umbrella of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL). As an employee you work in a particular museum, but you work for SIL. What all this is leading up to is a plug for SIL's excellent blog.

In my never ending quest to located unusual companies or businesses I came upon the Consortium for the Barcode of Life. And of course they have a blog.

This is sad. The Poe visitor did not show up this year.

This Digital Copyright Slider is great.

I have been putting together jigsaw puzzle since I was a wee one. I still put them together, but I must admit, I have to find a more comfortable area in my home to do this. I keep telling A. that I long for a banquette in the kitchen. That would be perfect. A large enough booth table with the actual booth seat to support my wonky lumbar area. This Hometown Puzzle from National Geographic would make a nice gift.

If you haven't seen an issue of Lapham's Quarterly, well you should. Once again, the subscription price is way over my budget limit, but their online content is excellent.

I don't know, this would probably be even too sweet for me, but I bet these Toasted Marshmallow Shakes are delicious. And look at these icewine marshmallows.

Shouldn't Hansel and Gretel live here?

The largest book in the world, the Klencke Atlas, is being displayed at the British Library. This is the first time the tome has been displayed with its pages open.

Have a great weekend. We are supposed to be getting snow (Yippee!!!).

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain


National Museum of American History said...

Hi there,

thank you so much for your post about the Greensboro Anniversary, a milestone in Civil Rights History.

The National Museum of American preserves a section with four seats of the famous Woolworth's lunch counter. You can find out about how it came to the museum and more on our site:

Most of the lunch counter is still at the old store location in Greensboro which is soon opening as the new International Civil Rights Center and Museum. Check it our here:

Elizabeth Periale said...

Thanks so much for your plug for the Libraries blog! We are trying hard to share the wonderful collections of the Smithsonian Libraries with the world and let everyone know that yes, indeed the Smithsonian has (20) libraries.

Parmer said...

Thank you so much for the mention! I certainly have learned a lot from the experience. Thanks so much for your plug for the Libraries blog! We are trying hard to share the wonderful collections of the Smithsonian Libraries with the world and let everyone know that yes

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