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Weekend at the Museum: The Way We Worked

The holiday season is the time of giving.  It is also the time for us to appreciate our lives and be grateful for what we have.  This week I share with you the transformation of the workplace from the mid-19th to late 20th century.  The photographs in this exhibit document clothing, locales, conditions and conflicts experienced  in workplaces over time.  This National Archives exhibit honors the men and women who built this country and the distinctiveness of America’s workforce.  Click on the image below to visit the online exhibit.

Weekend at the Museum: Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèch

If you’ve never been to New York at Christmas you’re missing gorgeous displays including those at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year the Met celebrates with 18th century Neapolitan treasures for the season. The website features the annual Christmas tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche, Neapolitan Characters and Followers of the Magi, Nativity Scene with Angels and other festive images of the time.  Don’t worry if you can’t visit in person, you can virtually visit the museum’s website to see these beautiful images for yourself.

Happy Holidays!!


Weekend at the Museum: First Ladies at the Smithsonian

With all the political excitement that the month of November brings, I thought this would be a good time to share this exhibit with you.  The live exhibition at the Smithsonian is one of the museum’s most visited.  It features 24 dresses worn by First Ladies including the one worn by Michelle Obama.

You can also view the collection online at the Smithsonian’s website.  According to the site, the main gallery displays 14 dresses worn by Grace Coolidge, Jackie Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Helen Taft while the new “A First Lady’s Debut” gallery includes 11 gowns worn by first ladies from Mamie Eisenhower to Michelle Obama.

Visit the online exhibit HERE

Weekend at the Museum: Milestones of Flight

I spend a fair amount of time on airplanes, so I find The National Air and Space Museum exhibit featuring some of the original aircraft in aviation and space history fascinating.  From the first successful airplane (The Wright Flyer) in 1903 to the first privately developed, piloted vehicle to reach space (SpaceShipOne), the museum shows us the milestones of flight. Where were you when some of these vehicles were launched?

Also, the online exhibit celebrates Sputnik and The Explorer and the first 50 years of the space age. It’s amazing to see some of the inventions of the last century.  I really hope you enjoy this exhibit as much as I did.

Weekend at the Museum: Portrait of Black Chicago

“From June through October 1973 and briefly during the spring of 1974, John H. White, a 28-year-old photographer with the Chicago Daily News, worked for the federal government photographing Chicago, especially the city`s African American community.”

The online exhibit, found HERE, shows pictures that White took for the EPA’s DOCUMERICA project 1971-77. The project paid photographers $150 plus expenses to go out and capture “subjects of environmental concern.” It presents a rich documentary of scenery and suburban sprawl, life on Indian reservations, small Midwestern towns and inner cities. The photographers of these images received full credit for their work in this government program.

I encourage you to visit the online exhibit and experience the awesome work of John H. White who was tasked with photographing Chicago in 1977. He won numerous awards for his work. The most prestigious award being the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1982.

Weekend at the Museum – Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian

Julia Child (1912-2004) was one of America’s favorite chefs. She introduced French cooking to main stream American dining. When Julia moved to California in 2001, she donated her home kitchen from Cambridge, MA to the museum. The kitchen exhibit includes everything… the cabinets, appliances, cookbooks, kitchen table and hundreds of utensils. The exhibit gives viewers an inside look at the working kitchen of one of the most well-known cooks of our time.

The physical exhibit is on-going at the museum. However, for those who can not see it in person, the Smithsonian has created an online experience as well. The online exhibit has photos, a blog with a recipe of the week, news about the kitchen and videos of Julia sharing her “kitchen wisdom.”

To view the exhibit, CLICK HERE

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Weekend at the Museum: Documented Rights


For the first time The National Archives and Records Administration has accumulated these historical “Documented Rights ” resources from around the country for you to see in one place…

Many of the holdings of the National Archives can be found in regions across the US, including court records, naturalization records, ships’ passenger arrival records, and federal land records.

You can visit the exhibit in person from September 2010-February 2011 at The National Archives at Kansas City, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. Or you can enter the online exhibit HERE. Either way, you’ll be sure to enjoy it.

Weekend at the Museum: Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War

The National Museum of American History has a great online exhibit focused on Nuclear-powered submarines that played major roles in American policy and strategy since the 1950s.

Introduction to the Exhibit:

“From the end of World War II in 1945 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Cold War dominated international affairs. It was a global struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union. Although the Cold War was sometimes fought on the battlefield, it involved everything from political rhetoric to sports. Overshadowing all was the threat of nuclear war.”

This exhibit is no longer on view at the museum. But the online exhibit giving viewers an inside look at submarine and cold war history, construction and anatomy of submarines, weapons, life ashore and much more, can be found HERE.

Weekend at the Museum – Every Four Years: Electing a President

Every four years Americans go to the polls to elect their President. The campaign for President is steeped in tradition, combining ritual, celebration, marketing and bombast, all leading up to Election Day when citizens enter the voting booth to exercise their solemn right to choose their leaders. The President and Vice President are the only officials chosen by all the nation’s voters. The stakes are high, and the election results shape the course of the nation for the next four years.

This exhibition examines Presidential elections, with a particular emphasis on elections in the last 80 years when radio and television brought these campaigns into the living rooms of homes across America.

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Weekend at the Museum: Mapping Colonial America has an online exhibit called Mapping Colonial America.  The interactive display takes you through a chronological tour of colonial maps from the Colonial Williamsburg’s collection dated from 1587 to 1782.

The online exhibition looks at maps relating to colonial discovery, exploration, boundary disputes, navigation, trade, the French and Indian War, and the Revolutionary War. The exhibition features a zooming tool allowing a close look at map details, a glossary of terms, and a timeline of major events in history that occurred near the date a particular map was drawn.

Visit the exhibit HERE