Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood.
A graphic novel about growing up female
in revolutionary Iran,
many extracts here.
'In powerful black-and-white comic strip images,
Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from
ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow
of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic
Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with
Levittown: Documents of an Ideal American
'Levittown has long represented the paradigmatic
postwar American suburb. Yet very little in the
way of good critical work has been done on the
history and significance of this American cultural
icon. Over the past decade I have been assembling
materials to provide an ongoing cultural history of
Levittown and, through its story, to offer a more
nuanced and sympathetic picture of American suburban
life in the Cold War era. '
'This online collection showcases the lighthouse
postcards in the Engineering Collections at the
Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. '
'Oahspe is a book written in 1880 by an American
dentist named John Ballou Newbrough [1828-1891]. He
claimed that it was the result of automatic writing,
dictated to him by spirits in a trance. In this trance
he wrote the entire book on a very early typewriter
(possibly the first such book ever written on a
Sharaku. You may not recognise the name, but I
bet you'll recognise the prints.
was one of the great masters - and one of the great
innovative and creative geniuses - of the Japanese
woodblock print, in addition to being the greatest
mystery in the world of ukiyo-e, and one of the great
enigmas in all of world art.'
'First, little is known of him, besides his prints;
not even his true name, or the date of his death,
is known with any certainty. Second, and even more
astonishing, his active career as a woodblock artist
seems to have spanned a mere ten months, at the end
of 1794 and start of 1795...'
The Mystery of Toshusai Sharaku.
The Owl House and the Camel Yard were home to the
reclusive South African artist Helen Martins. A place
of archetypal, almost mythic outsider art, Miss Helen
transformed her home with the help of her collaborator
Garden of Wordy Delights.
'Words have always fascinated me. An avid reader from
before the time I could see over the top of the
check-out counter at the library, I have always found
many words to be a delight to roll off the tongue or
to sit there, oddly arrayed, on the page. While I
usually did well on spelling tests, I often spent too
much time mulling over the sound or appearance of
words, so I was not always the fastest of
Satellite Images of Environmental Change.
'Earthshots is an ebook of before-and-after Landsat
images (1972-present), showing recent environmental
events and introducing remote sensing. Earthshots
comes from the U.S. Geological Survey's EROS Data
Center, Sioux Falls S.D., the world's largest archive
of earth science data and the official National
Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive. '
'I photograph modern ruins because I find it
disturbing to find familiar objects and technology to
be abandoned. I'm reminded that nothing is permanent,
that everything is always in a state of transition.
And we see ourselves in our own transitions, sometimes
too focused on where we're going to notice and
appreciate where we are.'
Jo Labadie and His Gift to Michigan. Labour
'As a believer in the power (and the right) of
individuals to determine their own fate, Jo Labadie
was responsible for organizing the first significant
labor union in Michigan, the Knights of Labor. As a
champion of freedom and the common man, he had his own
printing press at his disposal and used it effectively
to share his views. As an active author and organizer,
he met and corresponded with many other people who
were also actively working for human rights and
'"Return with Honor" is the story of American fighter
pilots held as prisoners of war in North Vietnam. Told
by the men themselves, the film is "a major shift in
the screen image of the Vietnam veteran," according to
the New York Times. More than 20 veterans describe
their captivity and their struggle to survive mentally
and physically, and return with honor.'
'Because history is not just about events, it
is about human lives. Here we present history with a
human face. '
'The Shakers were a unique Christian group who fled
persecution in England, arriving in America in the
18th Century. They believed that their founder, Ann
Lee, was the second coming of Christ ...
Known for simple values, hard work, communal living
and absolute celibacy, the Shakers went into a long
decline during the 20th Century. They are only today
represented by a few elders at one farm. '
Living a Tradition. The
last surviving Shaker communities.
History of the Shakers.
'Strict believers in celibacy, Shakers maintained
their numbers through conversion and adoption. Once
boasting thousands of adherents, today the Shakers
number less than a handful of people living in
'On July 4, 1910, more than twelve thousand people,
mostly white men, gathered in a makeshift stadium in
the little desert town of Reno, Nevada. They were
gathered to see their hero, the retired white
Heavyweight Champion of the World, Jim Jeffries,
take back the title from the African-American current
champion, Jack Johnson...'
'One of the great American scientists of the
19th-Century, Joseph Leidy, possessed an encyclopedic
knowledge of the natural world. Best known as the
Father of American Vertebrate Paleontology, he also
pioneered the fields of Parasitology and Protozoology,
and was the preeminent Anatomist of his time. He was
also an influential teacher of Natural History and an
expert in areas as diverse as entomology, geology and
'Joshua Lederberg (b. 1925) is an American geneticist
and microbiologist who received the Nobel prize in
1958 for his work in bacterial genetics. The National
Library of Medicine is the repository for the Joshua
Lederberg Papers, which range from 1910 to 1990s, the
majority dating from 1945 to the present day. The
collection contains laboratory notebooks, research
reports, published articles and books, correspondence,
unpublished manuscripts, speeches, news clippings,
photographic prints, and audiovisual materials.'
puts on a brilliant show of color in many parts of the
United States. From bright yellows to vibrant reds,
the leaves transform, showing their rich and vibrant
hues. From the Northeast United States, to the
Southeast and Midwest United States, the foliage
season begins in early September in the northern
regions and ends in southern locations in late October
or early November. Every year, people flock to these
areas to take in the fall foliage, to catch a glimpse
of natures splendor...'
New York 1964 World's Fair.
'The 1964-65 World's Fair featured 140 pavilions on
646 acres, the old site of the 1939-40 New York's
World Fair. Althought the majority of the pavilions
were United States commerical companies, there were
also 21 state pavilions and 36 foreign pavilions. It
was the dawn of the space age and the fair's theme
was "Man in a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding
Telephone Wire Baskets from South Africa.
'For centuries South Africa's Zulu people have been
famous for the sturdy and beautiful baskets they weave
from grasses and palm leaf. The weaving was so tight
that the best ukhamba baskets were actually used to
store beer! Today these baskets are still woven in
the countryside, but the Zulus living in urban area
have invented a new kind of basket, the imbenge
basket woven entirely of recycled telephone wire.'
A Book of Hours.
'From the large number still surviving, we know that
the Book of Hours was the most popular book of the
Middle Ages. Books of Hours were produced throughout
Europe, but were especially popular in France and
Flanders. These manuscripts were modelled on the
Breviary used by the clergy, but in a shortened
form and were used by the laity for their daily
Spring Heeled Jack. A 19th century British urban
legend. An early example of 'alien abduction'?
'Isolated accounts of a strange leaping man were
in circulation as early as 1817 1, but the first
confirmed sighting occurred in September 1837 in
London. A businessman returning home late one night
from work was suddenly shocked as a mysterious figure
jumped with ease over the considerably high railings
of a cemetery, landing right in his path. No attack
was reported, but the submitted description was
disturbing: a muscular human male with devilish
features, which included large and pointed ears and
nose, and protruding, glowing eyes...'
Two Towns of Jasper.
'Whitney Dow and Marco Williams are old friends.
Growing up, they didn't talk much about race. Then
came one of the most appalling crimes in recent
American history -
the brutal murder of African-American James Byrd,
Jr., who was chained to a pick-up truck and dragged
to his death by three white supremacists in Jasper,
Then and Now. Photographs of the East End of
London, now and 100 years ago.
The Hidden Church of the Holy Graal, 1909.
'In the 13th century, over a few decades, a huge
literature emerged around an unlikely tale. Survivors
of the core of early Christianity make a perilous
journey to Western Europe. They begin a hidden
bloodline, preserve immensely powerful relics of
the crucifixion, and carry a secret which, if
revealed, would turn the established church on
its head. If this seems like déjà vu, it is...'
A Magic Reality: Art from Oaxaca, Mexico.
'Oaxacan art draws its strength from native Indian
culture, myths and legends. It is suffused with
"magic realism" a folk surrealism in which people
fly and mysterious juxtapositions are the norm. As
poet Alberto Blanco has written, the artists of
Oaxaca "all tend to depict one theme: the appearance
in our history of another time and place. A space
within another space. A time within another time." '
The Haitian Spirit: Paintings, Sculpture and Vodou
'Doubtless the most spectacular Haitian art form
is the sequin-covered Drapo Vodou or "Voodoo Flag".
Vodou banners derive directly from the practice of
the Vodou religion, a syncretism of traditional
African religions brought to Haiti by slaves, with
the Catholicism of their former masters. The banners
are traditionally the work of practicing vodou priests
and their followers...'
The Liberation of Jane Johnson.
'Arriving by train from Washington D.C. on the
morning of July 18, 1855 was Col. John H. Wheeler
of North Carolina; his slave, Jane Johnson; and her
two sons, Daniel and Isaiah. Wheeler was the American
minister to Nicaragua, and his party was passing
through, on their way to New York and then to
Nicaragua. Unknown to Wheeler, Jane, who'd seen
one son sold away, had no intention of traveling
to Central America or remaining a slave...'
Hawaiian Themed Butlins Bars.
'Butlins Beachcombers were a string of Tiki Bars
situated within the Butlins Holiday Camp complexes
during the 1960's & 1970's. It's widely believed that
the owner of Butlin's, Sir Billy Butlin took the idea
for the bars after a visit to the Beachcomber Bar at
the Mayfair Hotel in London... '
They're all closed now but the site has pictures!
Thanks to Mr.
Bali Hai, with whom we were privileged to discuss
this topic last weekend!
'... the purpose of this weblog is to collect
information related to women, art and the home.
You know, housewife stuff.And because recycling begins
at home,our motto is make art not trash! '
'Columbus was a failure. '
'He utterly failed to accomplish what NASA would call
his 'mission profile,' that is, to find a practical
trade route to India. Of course, he did get the
biggest consolation prize in history... '
'Vasco da Gama, who sailed from Portugal in 1498,
however, succeeded in achieving Columbus' goal. He
rounded the Cape of Good Hope and reached India. This
accomplishment was memorialized shortly thereafter by
this epic poem written by a Portuguese sailor, Luis
de Camõens. Unless you were raised speaking
Portuguese, it is unlikely you've heard of Camõens.
However, if you were, you probably already know that
he's considered the Portuguese Shakespeare, and
the Lusiads the Portuguese national epic. '
The G. I. Jones Photographic
Archive of Southeastern Nigerian
Art and Culture. 1930s images of Nigeria.
'The photographs in this archive were taken in the
1930s by the late G. I. Jones. The photos included
here are only a sample of the complete collection. '
'The photographs are unique for the creative
brilliance of the art represented, the quality of
the photography, and the cultural and historical
significance of photographic records from this time
period in Nigeria.'
The Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg, Virginia.
'The Lyric Theatre opened on April 14, 1930 and
quickly became a focal point of downtown Blacksburg.
Designed by Roanoke architect Louis Philippe Smithey,
the Lyric was one of only three theaters in the state
built for the new "talkie" sound technology. Boasting
a lobby, stage, orchestra pit, and balcony, the
"fire-proof" building originally seated nearly 900.
Built for $150,000 by the Blacksburg Realty
Corporation (which is still the owner), it finally
closed in the 1980s...'
The Ghosts of the Lyric. Some strange events that
happened there 1988-90.
19th Century Images of Albinism.
'People born with the genetic condition albinism i.e.
a deficiency of the skin, hair and eye pigment
melanin, have been the subjects of public curiosity
over the centuries. They have been purported to have
all sorts of supernatural powers such as mind reading
and they were at times even suspected of witchcraft.
Entrapeneurs such as Phineas Barnum employed "albinos"
to appear in his American Museum and as part of his
travelling sideshow, such as the Lucasie family from
Holland and the Martin sisters...'
The Zora Neale Hurston Plays.
'The Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library
of Congress present a selection of ten plays
written by Hurston (1891-1960), author,
anthropologist, and folklorist. Deposited in
the United States Copyright Office between 1925
and 1944, most of the plays remained unpublished
and unproduced until they were rediscovered in the
Copyright Deposit Drama Collection in 1997. The plays
reflect Hurston's life experience, travels, and
research, especially her study of folklore in the
African-American South. '
Haiku of Kobayashi Issa.
'Kobayashi Issa was one of Japan's most prolific poets.
He left in his journals over twenty thousand
one-breath masterpieces for the world to enjoy.
This website offers an archive of 7,000+ of those
Scotland's Highland Clearances.
' 'Never again will a single story be told as
though it is the only one' - John Berger. The Highland
Clearances are stories of individual people, in some
cases of their greed and in others of their
Bob Hope and American Variety.
'Bob Hope was among the 20,000 vaudeville performers
working in the 1920s. Many of these performers were,
like Hope, recent immigrants to America who saw a
vaudeville career as one of the few ways to succeed
as a "foreigner" in America. Throughout his
extraordinary professional career of nearly
seventy years, Bob Hope practiced the arts he
learned in vaudeville and perpetuated variety
entertainment traditions in stage musical comedy,
motion pictures, radio, television, and the live
appearances he made around the world in support of
American armed forces...'
The Hoover Dam: Lonely Lands Made Fruitful.
'... However, the structure that rose from the floor
of Black Canyon was not one that inspired thoughts of
practicalities. Almost from the beginning of its
construction, the Hoover Dam possessed an epic
quality that animated the national imagination.
Perhaps originally it was the very bigness of
the dam that attracted tourists and inspired writers.
Soon it became apparent that the meaning of the dam
itself was beyond even that of a structure that
equaled the vast landscape it inhabited...'
'... Harlem has been home to a variety of ethnic
groups, black and white, since the turn of the
twentieth century. As the ethnic landscape has
changed, cultural and religious buildings have
been reshaped to serve the evolving populations.
Harlem has been called a state of mind, but it is
also a real place, remembered in oral histories,
described in photographs, and evaluated by
Test your happiness.
'Psychologists say it is possible to measure your
This test designed by psychologist Professor Ed Diener
from the University
of Illinois, takes just a minute to complete. '
American Family: A Journey of Dreams.
'There can be no love without sacrifice, no choice
without consequence, and no triumph without loss.
This is AMERICAN FAMILY, the unforgettable saga of
one family's struggle to grab hold of the American
The Great San Francisco Earthquake.
'From Enrico Caruso to the ordinary San Franciscan,
this film presents vivid memories of those trapped
in the terrifying event of 1906. Four hundred eighty
square blocks were reduced to rubble; thousands were
killed, tens of thousands left homeless. Then the
heroic struggle to rebuild a city from the ashes
'In 1912 Harry Houdini was lowered into New York's
East River in a crate wrapped in chains. The crowd
of spectators gasped; reporters pulled out their
stop watches. Houdini was out in less than a minute.
The resulting media blitz established him forever
as the world's greatest escape artist. On stage,
Houdini subjected himself to the Water Torture
Cell, being buried alive, and other perils of his
own design. Throughout his rise from Hungarian
immigrant to international star, Houdini confronted
our greatest fears entrapment, pain, death -- and
emerged victorious. '
The Galileo Project.
'The Galileo Project is a source of information on the
life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642). '
Biography, family, science, religion.
Around the World in the 1890s: Photographs from
the World's Transportation Commission
'The World's Transportation Commission Photograph
Collection contains nearly nine hundred images by
American photographer William Henry Jackson. In
addition to railroads, elephants, camels, horses,
sleds and sleighs, sedan chairs, rickshaws, and other
types of transportation, Jackson photographed city
views, street and harbor scenes, landscapes, local
inhabitants, and Commission members as they travelled
through North Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania. '
The Virtual Cave.
'From the comfort of your keyboard, browse the wonders
of the underground! As a caver and photographer for
over 30 years, I've collected images from caves all
over the world. This site tells the story of caves in
words and pictures: what's in them and how it got
'On April 6, 1437, Yang Rong, a high-ranking
scholar-official serving the
emperor of China, invited eight important officials
and dignitaries to his
famous garden to view paintings and calligraphy,
compose poetry, and play
chess. One of these invited officials is seen above,
brush in hand, poised
to write a poem on the paper unrolled on the table
before him. Two other
guests admire a painting in the format of a hanging
scroll. The servant on
the left is readying another hanging scroll for
viewing while two more
hanging scrolls lie rolled up on the low table beside
him. Yang Rong served
at the court of five successive emperors, rising to
the rank of grand
secretary, the highest official position in the Ming
dynasty court. '
Carrie Watkins Cook Book.
'Caroline Emma "Carrie" Watkins was the ninth of eleven
children born to
Waltus L. and Mary Ann Holloway Watkins. Born on July
1, 1854, Carrie began
collecting recipes sometime between the ages of 14 and
15. This web site is
a record of those recipes, ingredient lists, and
cleaning solutions that she
used during her lifetime. '
Greenwood Cemetery, St.
'Herman Krueger, a native German and member of St.
Evangelical Church established Greenwood Cemetery on
January 19, 1874. From
the beginning the cemetery was intended to serve
Greenwood is especially noteworthy for being the first
commercial cemetery for African Americans in the St.
'This exhibit features early printed accounts of
exploration and cultural
encounters between what is known as the Old World or
Europe and the New
World or the Americas. The people on both sides of
these encounters viewed
the people they met through the screen of their
culture and how they
perceived the world, including their myths, legends,
and religious beliefs.
Both sides often had to reconfigure and rebuild their
idea of the world with
this new knowledge.'
Art to Enchant: Illustrators and Shakespeare.
'We invite you to view a wide range of illustrated
editions of Shakespeare
from 1744 through 1986. Illustrators were challenged
by the texts of this
great dramatist, whose works were already visually represented on
Life In St.
Louis: The Matthews Family
'In 1851, the patriarch of the Matthews family,
Leonard Matthews, arrived in
St. Louis, Missouri. He established himself by
co-founding a wholesale drug
company and later a brokerage firm. In 1861,
married Mary Spotswood
Nisbet. Together they produced eight children: Mary
Nisbet, Isabel, Nina,
William Nisbet, Edmund Orville, Leonard, Jr., Lucy, and
This exhibit provides a picture of what everyday life
was like for a
prominent St. Louis family at the end of the nineteenth
and beginning of the
twentieth centuries through letters, autobiographies,
newspaper articles. '
The Dred Scott
'In 1846, Dred Scott and his wife Harriet filedsuit for their freedom in
the St. Louis Circuit Court. This suit began an
eleven-year legal fight that
ended in the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued a
landmark decision declaring
that Scott remain a slave. This decision contributed
to rising tensions
between the free and slave states just before the
American Civil War.'
'The international communications platform on the
longterm consequences of
the Chernobyl disaster.'
Clarence M. Kelley Diploma
'Clarence M. Kelley was best known for his roles as
Chief of Police in
Kansas City, Missouri (1961) and Director of the
Federal Bureau of
Investigation (1973 Nixon appointment). What many
people do not realize is
that Kelley was a Kansas City native who graduated
from Northeast High
School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal
Arts from the University
of Kansas in 1936. He went on to earn the Juris
Doctorate in 1940 from the
University of Kansas City Law School. He was admitted
to practice before the
Supreme Court of the United States in 1977. Clarence
Kelley died in 1997...'
The Man Behind Hitler.
'Goebbels, called the "genius of spin" and the
"Reich-Liar-General," was a complicated man whose
attitudes fluctuated between extremes of self-pity
and grandiose excess. This American Experience
program, produced by Lutz Hachmeister and Michael
Kloft, shows how Goebbels constantly reinvented
himself through the years of his greatest success,
and allows the man to speak for himself through
the diaries he kept...'
The Druid Path, 1917.
'This is a collection of short stories set in ancient
and modern Ireland, by a now-forgotten popular author
of the early twentieth century, Marah Ellis Ryan.
Ryan was a novelist, actress and activist for Native
American rights. This was her only book about
Ireland, as far as I can tell. She tapped a huge
body of tales, lore and song which was being
rediscovered at the time by the 'Celtic Twilight'
The Catonsville Nine
'On May 17, 1968, nine men and women entered the
Selective Service Offices in Catonsville, Maryland,
removed several hundred draft records, and burned
them with homemade napalm in protest against the
war in Vietnam. The nine were arrested and, in a
highly publicized trial, sentenced to jail...'
Killing House, Kailahun, Sierra Leone.
'Photojournalist Ben Phillips was travelling in August
2002 with another journalist in the Kailahun district
of Sierra Leone. After a day spent with the Sierra
Leone Army (SLA), who were patrolling villages at
the Liberian border, his hosts took him to visit an
abandoned building. As he entered he saw that there
was dried blood on every surface, right up to the
ceilings. He was in a 'killing house' used by the
RUF rebels during the twelve-year civil war for
punishment beatings, trials and executions. He
took the photographs in this gallery. '
Wall Painting in the English Parish Church.
'Vast quantities of Medieval Wall Painting have been
lost forever, of course, but there is nevertheless
more left on English church walls than is generally
realised; paintings continue to be uncovered and more
still are known to exist under layers of plaster.
Some of these will come to light one day; in fact
some are already doing so, as at Houghton-on-the-Hill,
near Swaffham in Norfolk, which is included in these
Posters from the Paris 1968 Uprising.
'The posters of the Paris 1968 uprising comprise some
of the most brilliant graphic works ever to have been
associated with a social movement. Politics aside,
from a design standpoint they are second to none. '
Aimee Semple McPherson.
'She's been written out of many history books, but
Aimee Semple McPherson was one of the most famous
female evangelists in the world. Described as
"dynamic, irrepressible, and complex," she's been
called the "most tragic figure in America." At the
same time, she satisfied Americans' needs for spritual
satisfaction, sensationalism, and sex appeal...'
Fargo, North Dakota. Vintage images and
'Take a look at this picture, and tell yourself that
things are better today. Cities today: Big white
malls, clean black parking lots with a superstore
rising like a cheap brick glacier, fast-food
franchises, landscapes indistinguishable from any
other city. Bah. I don't want to short-shrift
convenience or harangue the auto culture, but they're
thin comforts, and they have no weight...'
The Cator Collection of Baltimore Views.
'The Cator Collection of Baltimore Views, housed in
Special Collections at Pratt's State Library Resource
Center, consists of nearly 200 etchings, engravings,
watercolors, prints and other lithographs, from
1752 to 1930. The images provide a visual timeline
from the city's pastoral beginnings, through the
civil war era, and into the early twentieth
The Museum of Fred. Collection of thrift store
'The paintings represented here were not created by
well-known blue-chip artists. They were created
by ordinary people. For unknown reasons they were
donated to thrift stores where I purchased them.
The previous owners felt they were not worth keeping.
History typically ignores what happens in the average
household. This is unfortunate because this is where
our values are best represented. '
Clowns Without Borders
'offers laughter to relieve the suffering of all
persons, especially children, who live in areas of
crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and
territories in situations of emergency. '
'In 1926, just a few months before her death, Will
Rogers described Annie Oakley as "the greatest woman
rifle shot the world has ever produced." As the star
attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, she
thrilled audiences around the world with her daring
shooting feats. Her act helped fuel turn-of-the-century
nostalgia for the vanished, mythical world of the
American West. Over time she became an American
legend -- the loud, brassy, cocksure shooter
celebrated in the musical "Annie Get Your Gun."
But that legend had little to do with the real Annie
Wharram Percy: The Lost Medieval Village.
'Wharram Percy, located in Yorkshire, has been
occupied by humans since the Iron Age. Romans,
Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans -- all have lived
out their lives in this high-wold village. As an
archeological site, it was one of the most important
peasant digs in England. '
'Robert Francis Kennedy would almost certainly
have been president if his violent death hadn't
intervened. He was brave, claims one biographer,
"precisely because he was fearful and self-doubting."
This probing and perceptive biography reassesses the
remarkable and tragic life of the third Kennedy son,
the boy Joe Sr. called the "runt." '
The Irving Fine Collection.
'This first online release presents a selection of
57 photographs, a sketchbook that includes sketches
for the woodwind Partita and a string quartet, a
manuscript score for the String Quartet (1952), a
recorded performance of the Quartet, and the finding
aid for the collection.'
Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South.
'The following images are accompanied by excerpts of
letters written by Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh
between 1887 and 1889. The two artists wrote often to
one another, friends, and relatives. Van Gogh's most
frequent correspondent was his brother Theo, an art
dealer in Paris in the late 1880s. The quotations
reveal that both men were avid chroniclers of the
subjects they painted: peasants, townspeople,
landscapes, and houses. '
Grays Lake Ecosystem, Idaho.
'This wetland system provides important habitat for
breeding sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, Franklin's
gulls, white-faced ibis, dabbling and diving ducks, a
variety of shore- and grassland birds, as well as
habitat for molting and fall-staging waterfowl and
cranes. The area is significant for its high density
of breeding sandhill cranes and as a reintroduction
site for trumpeter swans. The rich wet meadow edges
of the marsh provide foraging and nesting habitat for
a diversity of water birds each year. '
American Indians of the Pacific Northwest.
'This digital collection integrates over 2,300
photographs and 7,700 pages of text relating to the
American Indians in two cultural areas of the Pacific
Northwest, the Northwest Coast and Plateau. These
resources illustrate many aspects of life and work,
including housing, clothing, crafts, transportation,
education, and employment.'
Life's Greatest Miracle.
'The last months, weeks, and days of a woman's
pregnancy are full of anticipation. Moms- and
Dads-to-be and their families and friends are all
wondering when the baby will arrive, how the delivery
will go, and -- if the baby's sex is not known in
advance -- whether it will be a girl or a boy. NOVA
Online invites you to join in as the final countdown
begins for one woman who has agreed to share her
experience in real time. '
The Murthly Hours.
'The Murthly Hours is one of Scotland's great
medieval treasures. Written and illuminated in
Paris in the 1280s, it also contains full-page
miniatures by English artists of the same period,
and was one of the most richly decorated manuscripts
in medieval Scotland. Medieval additions include
probably the second oldest example of Gaelic
written in Scotland. '
'"Nuestro Himno" is a Spanish translation of "The
Star-Spangled Banner", the national anthem of the
United States. "Nuestro Himno" is Spanish for "Our
Anthem". The debut of the translation came amid a
growing controversy over immigration in the United
Coast. A journey around the coast of Great
The Freedom Trail.
'We are a 50 year old non profit organization
dedicated to preserving and promoting Boston's
distinct historic character and its important role
in the American Revolution. We lead you to 16
nationally significant historic sites, every one
an authentic American treasure.'
Anna Andreevna Akhmatova (1889-1966) -
"Anna Andreevna Akhmatova used poetry to give voice to
the struggles and deepest yearnings of the Russian
people, for whom she remains the greatest of literary
heroines. She has lately come to symbolize for the
world even beyond Russia the power of art to survive
and transcend the terrors of our century." -
Judith Hemschemeyer, A Stranger to Heaven and Earth.
'Euclid's Elements form one of the most beautiful
and influential works of science in the history of
humankind. Its beauty lies in its logical development
of geometry and other branches of mathematics. It has
influenced all branches of science but none so much as
mathematics and the exact sciences. The Elements have
been studied 24 centuries in many languages starting,
of course, in the original Greek, then in Arabic,
Latin, and many modern languages. '
'I'm creating this version of Euclid's Elements for a
couple of reasons. The main one is to rekindle an
interest in the Elements, and the web is a great way
to do that. Another reason is to show how Java applets
can be used to illustrate geometry. That also helps to
bring the Elements alive. '
Freedom's Journal. The first African-American
owned and operated newspaper publishes in the US,
'Freedom's Journal provided international, national,
and regional information on current events and
contained editorials declaiming slavery, lynching,
and other injustices. The Journal also published
biographies of prominent African-Americans and
listings of births, deaths, and marriages in the
African-American New York community. Freedom's
Journal circulated in 11 states, the District
of Columbia, Haiti, Europe, and Canada.'
Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section.
'... the family trees of cows and bees, the golden
ratio and the Fibonacci series, the Fibonacci Spiral
and sea shell shapes, branching plants, flower petal
and seeds, leaves and petal arrangements, on
pineapples and in apples, pine cones and leaf
arrangements. All involve the Fibonacci numbers -
and here's how and why. '
Remember the Alamo.
'In the early 1830s Texas was about to explode.
Although ruled by Mexico, the region was home to
more than 20,000 U.S. settlers agitated by what they
saw as restrictive Mexican policies. Mexican
officials, concerned with illegal trading and
immigration, were prepared to fight hard to keep
the province under their control. Caught in the
middle were the area's 4,000 Mexican Texans or
'With war on the horizon, the Tejanos had to pick a
side. Many chose to fight with their Anglo neighbors
against an army sent by Mexico City. The conflict
pitted brother against brother and devastated the
community. The Tejano gamble for a more prosperous
future in an independent Texas proved tragic.
Following the revolution, the Tejanos were
overwhelmed by a surge of Anglo immigration --
leaving them foreigners in a land they had fought
to defend. '
Baseball and Jackie Robinson.
'1997 marked the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's
rookie season for the Brooklyn Dodgers. When he
stepped onto Ebbets field on April 15th, 1947,
Robinson became the first African American in the
twentieth century to play baseball in the major
leagues -- breaking the "color line," a segregation
practice dating to the nineteenth century...'
Present at the Creation.
'Monopoly. The Hollywood Sign. "The Raven."
The Lincoln Memorial. Overalls. "New York, New York."
Those and dozens of other uniquely American icons will
be the subject of a year-long NPR series called
Present at the Creation. '
Fushimi Inari Taisha.
'Fushimi Inari Taisha is a Shinto shrine located in
a southeast section of Kyoto city. The Fushimi Inari
(Fushimi being the name of the suburb in which the
shrine is situated, Inari formed from the
abbreviation for ine-nari meaning 'ripening of
rice') was first built on Mount Inari in 711. It
is dedicated to Uta Mitami No Okami (the god of
agriculture) and four other deities who oversee
the basic necessities of life; namely, food,
clothing and shelter. In 816 the shrine was moved
to its present location at the foot of the mountain.
During the feudal age the shrine was given the first
grade of court rank, and in 1871 this honor was
elevated to the level of Kampei Taisha, the highest
status among national shrines...'