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Posted by | December 2, 2017
The Mnemonic Landscape of Society Hill: Or, You Already Know That This Blog Entry is About “Urban Renewal”

As part of an exercise in analyzing the physical surroundings of Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum, and more specifically the Cruiser Olympia, our Studies in Material Culture class took an hour...

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Posted by | November 20, 2017
Deep Learning in the Closed Stacks: Possibilities for Archives Procedure Automation

Rotunda of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Image via Blake Patterson. Lately, I've been doing a lot of reading about the origins of the "public museum"- a institution...

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Posted by | November 12, 2017
Popular Culture, Publicly-owned

They're coming to get you, Barbra. This iconic line appears in the very first scene of George Romero'sNight of the Living Dead (1968), one of my very favorite horror films....

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Posted by | November 9, 2017
Local Historical Context: The Material Culture of Port Penn, Somewhere in Time

Marshes at low tide, Port Penn, Delaware. Author's photo. The Cleaver House in Port Penn. Author's photo. This view of the marshy shore of Port Penn, Delaware looks charmingly bucolic,...

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Posted by | November 5, 2017
Monument Lab Live: Hidden Histories and Missing Monuments (A Reflection)

Reflect on history. Imagine the future. Change the present. -Monument Lab tagline It's taken me about three weeks to gather my thoughts about the Monument Lab program that I attended at...

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Posted by | November 3, 2017
Olympia in Juxtaposition

My saber label in the WWI Olympia exhibit This past week I boarded Cruiser Olympia at the Independence Seaport Museum for what I think was the fourth time. I've found...

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Posted by | October 22, 2017
Seascapes, Spacescapes

The first time I remember seeing the ocean, I was ten years old. My family was in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to watch the launch of the NASA Mars Pathfinder mission....

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Posted by | October 11, 2017
Preserving “Ancient Energies” and Other Muralistic Quandaries

In 1980, a group of Chicano artists dubbed the "East Los Streetscapers" were awarded a commission from Shell Oil to paint a mural alongside a gas station in a neighborhood...

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Posted by | October 5, 2017
Philly’s Archival Advantage: Frederic Miller’s Vision

It's Archives Month! Time to get maudlin. As I become more familiar with the archival community in Philadelphia, the more at-home I feel. When I first came to the city,...

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Posted by | September 29, 2017
Archives Show & Tell

This week, our Archives and Manuscripts class was afforded the rare opportunity for a peek inside Paley Library's treasure vaults: the archives, rare books stacks, and working spaces of the...

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