Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Two Anne's of Hever Castle?

Hever Castle and Gardens - billed as the childhood home of Anne Boleyn - recently announced that they are taking down their famous wax figures of Henry VIII's wives to install a new exhibition on Anne Boleyn. I was very excited to hear about this news and can't wait to see what the show will be.

It's a good move, and I hope Hever Castle plans for a thoughtful interpretation. We really need to get away from telling the story of these six very different women as "one entity" and as a supporting role in Henry VIII's life and reign. Enough research has come out in the past two decades to show that each woman was unique enough they deserve their own biography.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

5 Things I Learned from Lee Krasner

  1. In Paris, there was nothing unusual about being a woman and an artist.
  2. An artist considers it murder when they destroy their own work.
  3. It was very difficult to understand what Hans Hoffman was saying a lot of the time.
  4. Yellow is an extremely difficult color to work with.
  5. Jackson Pollock was not that memorable the first time you met.
Watch this fabulous interview, great insight into the mind of an artist during a fascinating time in history.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Complete Works of Frida Kahlo. Kind of.

Being a women's history fan and a museum professional, I found this story very interesting. An exhibition titled The Complete Frida Kahlo. Her Paintings. Her Life. Her Story is making it's North American debut in San Diego. It's appeal: it has for the first-time ever (and probably forever) pretty much all of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's paintings, sketches, etc. in one place. They are also alongside her clothes and furniture. The catch is that they are all replicas.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Ladies of Deadwood, South Dakota

On a recent trip out west, I spent time in Deadwood, South Dakota. Ever since watching the HBO series I have been slightly obsessed with this town and the women characters who inhabited it. So, one of my first stops was the Adam’s Museum to see what I could learn about the real women of Deadwood. Here are some of the highlights:

Calamity Jane (1852-1903)
What is Deadwood without one of it most famous, and most misunderstood characters, Calamity Jane? Turned into a frontier legend through dime novels and popular myth, Martha Canary was in actuality probably the norm for women who lived on the “frontier” during this time in American history. She experienced many of the extremes of the families who lived out in this part of the country. By the time she was 15, she and her siblings had lost both their parents to the hardships of frontier life and had lived in Missouri, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. Life was hard for Martha, and she took whatever job she could to provide for what was left of her family: a dishwasher, cook, waitress, dance-hall girl, nurse, ox-team driver, and yes, a prostitute when necessary. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Book Review: The Secret Rescue – An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines

"A WWII military history book for the rest of us."

Author: Cate Lineberry
How Acquired: From publisher, contacted by author
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: May 7, 2013

The Secret Rescue by Cate Lineberry is one of those great combinations of compelling narrative and historical record. Lineberry brings to life the complete story of a group of Americans whose plane crash-landed in Nazi-occupied Albania in 1943 and spent the next months trying to escape. It wouldn’t be until March the following year that the last of the stranded party was rescued, three nurses who were separated from the main party and lived in hiding in Berat, Albania for months.

Through meticulous research and wonderful attention to detail, Lineberry tells the story of a side of War that too often we forget. The story of ordinary people who find themselves in a place they never thought they would be, and who do extraordinary things they never thought they could. As Lineberry discloses very early in the book, these men and women were not trained in combat, evasion, or rescue. These were medics and nurses who signed up to travel and see the world and instead saw a side of life and humanity most of us could never imagine.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Historic Women of #STEM

The 2013 U.S. Women's History Month honors women in #STEM. Follow along as each day we Pin a new Historic Woman in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Scientists Extract DNA to Learn More About Red Queen who Died 1,300 Years Ago

In new study, Mexican researchers extract intact DNA from Palenque's Red Queen
The osseous remains of the Red Queen, the enigmatic character from Lakamha, “Place of the big waters”, today known as Palenque, in Chiapas, are being scientifically analyzed in order to date the burial in a more precise manner. It is still unknown as to whether the Red Queen was the wife of the celebrated dignitary Pakal II or if she was a ruler of that ancient Mayan metropolis.
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Source: / Photo: Michel Zabe INAH

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

UK Royal Mail Celebrates Jane Austen With 6 New Stamps

From Jane Austen to the London Underground, our 2013 special stamp programme will once again showcase the UK at its best.
Jane Austen will be celebrated, as 2013 marks the bicentenary of the publication of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. The book will be celebrated as part of a six stamp set, on sale from 21 February. The other stamps depict scenes from Ms Austen’s other novels, including Emma (pictured).
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Source: MyRoyalMail / Photo: MyRoyalMail

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

FBI Tailed Marilyn Monroe for Hanging Out with Communists

FBI removes many redactions in Marilyn Monroe file.
FBI files on Marilyn Monroe that could not be located earlier this year have been found and re-issued, revealing the names of some of the movie star's communist-leaning friends who drew concern from government officials and her own entourage.
But the records, which previously had been heavily redacted, do not contain any new information about Monroe's death 50 years ago. Letters and news clippings included in the files show the bureau was aware of theories the actress had been killed, but they do not show that any effort was undertaken to investigate the claims. Los Angeles authorities concluded Monroe's death was a probable suicide.

Story: Anthony McCartney, Associated Press / Photo: Associated Press

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Gospel of Jesus' Wife Still Under Debate

A scholarly article based on the 'Jesus Wife' fragment was delayed as researchers waited on further testing.
One of the most anticipated articles in religion circles will be absent from the pages of the January edition of the Harvard Theological Review. Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King's final article on the "Jesus wife" fragment did not make the scholarly journal because further testing on the Coptic papyrus fragment has not been finished.
King announced the findings of the 1.5-by-3 inch, honey-colored fragment in September at the International Association for Coptic Studies conference in Rome. In a draft version of the article submitted for publication in the January edition, King and her co-author said the scrap had written in Coptic, a language used by Egyptian Christians, "Jesus said to them, 'My wife," but was then cut off.
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Story: Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Editor / Photo: Rose Lincoln, Harvard University
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