History museum – Southeastern Quilt Museum http://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 05:43:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png History museum – Southeastern Quilt Museum http://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/ 32 32 Melnick Medical Museum reopens | News, Sports, Jobs https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/melnick-medical-museum-reopens-news-sports-jobs/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 05:43:34 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/melnick-medical-museum-reopens-news-sports-jobs/

YOUNGSTOWN — After nine years as a museum without a physical building, the Melnick Medical Museum reopened on Wednesday with a new location on the Youngstown State University campus inside Cushwa Hall.

The museum was hosted at an open reception by curator Cassie Nespor and featured speeches by YSU President Jim Tressel, among others.

Tressel said the exhibit is a great way for people to learn and understand the complex history of medicine and how we got to where we are today.

In 2013, the museum was located in Melnick Hall before YSU decided to use the location for the YSU Foundation and the WYSU-FM radio station.

This left Nespor in limbo, but it worked diligently to continue showcasing the museum’s historic medical equipment despite its location limitations.

“It’s been hard to think of ways where I can still use the medical collection, but we’ve adapted by doing things we never thought we’d do before,” Nespor said.

One such method was to create a “suitcase program” in which Nespor said it would place small artifacts in a toolbox on wheels and take them to elementary school classrooms, allowing children to make circulate objects and learn what doctors looked like in the early 1900s.

With the help of various local partners, the museum has reinvented itself by offering more than 280 programs, events and presentations at venues throughout Mahoning and Trumbull counties, including the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, the Youngstown Historical Center for Industry and Plowing, the Sutliff Museum, OH WOW! children’s museum and Mill Creek Park.

Nespor said the new location is beneficial because it puts the museum in a more central part of campus, making it more accessible to students.

“The old building was the one the students drove by and didn’t really have a reason to go in because there were no classes there,” Nespor said, noting that she hopes the new location will help increase traffic throughout the museum.

Some of the exhibits at the Melnick Medical Museum include the Emerson Iron Lung. Nespor said the exhibit features a 1952 yellow iron lung respirator. When the iron lung was invented in 1927, it was considered state-of-the-art in life support technology during the first half of the 20th century.

The coffin-shaped ventilator works by creating pressure inside the machine allowing patients to inhale and exhale.

“Visitors are always fascinated by the machine, it was best known since the polio epidemic,” Nespor said. “For people of a certain age growing up, they will remember their parents scaring them into being in one.”

Nurses cared for patients in the Iron Lung who had poliomyelitis and were generally paralyzed. This meant that nurses had to learn how to take care of a patient’s bodily functions and give them liquids as well as small foods while the patient was lying down.

The museum features a replica iron lung created by YSU Carpenter Andy Phillips that allows visitors to lie inside and get a sample of what the machine looked like.

The reception included the unveiling of a newly researched and developed 2D panel exhibit titled “Class, Housing, and Health in Youngstown,” which was created by YSU graduate student Becky Jasinski, who is pursuing a Master of Arts.

Jasinski spent his entire summer leafing through studies, archives and other resources at the public library to put together his exhibit. It examines the working and living conditions of immigrants and African Americans arriving in Youngstown to understand how class-based housing discrimination has affected the health outcomes of these groups.

The Office Recreation exhibit features recreations of medical and dental practices from 1890 to 1930 from these periods. It includes commonly used tools, including early versions of capacitor bowls, flashlights, and drills.

“It’s a great visual to show people how much the dental and medical fields have changed over time,” Nespor said.

Other exhibits will present ancient radiology, with an X-ray machine made in 1929 in Germany by Dr. Erhard Weltman. The machine was powered by a large generator in a cabinet that produced high voltage electricity. Weltman brought the machine to Youngstown by boat after fleeing Nazi Germany in 1937. While there, he opened a practice in the Home Savings and Loan building.

Other exhibits share lessons about the history of polio and the oral Sabin vaccine which teaches how Youngstown became the first city to conduct a mass polio vaccination program in 1961, helping immunize more than 130,000 people in just two days using the vaccine.

When transitioning to a new building, Nespor took the time to do more research which helped her rewrite all the information displayed next to the museum exhibits.

The museum is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, with free admission and visits by appointment.

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]]> Philadelphia Museum of Art union workers go on strike until they reach a contract with management https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/philadelphia-museum-of-art-union-workers-go-on-strike-until-they-reach-a-contract-with-management/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 22:56:58 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/philadelphia-museum-of-art-union-workers-go-on-strike-until-they-reach-a-contract-with-management/

For the second time in two weeks, workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) are organizing a strike, as contract negotiations with the institution remain deadlocked.

Today, members of the union – a group of more than 150 employees representing nearly every department of the museum – will picket outside the venue rather than show up for work. “Our message has been clear: address unfair labor practices and come to the bargaining table with serious offers,” the group said in a statement. announcement.

The move comes just 11 days after the bargaining unit organized a “warning strike” hoping to put pressure on the museum to resolve the protracted dispute between the two parties.

However, while the previous protest was designed as a one-day event, today’s strike could last for days or even weeks as workers say they are ready to picket until their demands are met. contractual are satisfied.

“We are ready to stay as long as necessary,” PMA union president Adam Rizzo told Artnet News.

The group has the means to do so. The union has a “strong strike fund” made up of donations from individuals and other unions, Rizzo said. One such gift was $25,000 from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers this summer.

But Rizzo added that the union hopes it doesn’t need all that money. “We’re ready to go sit down at the table later today if they want to,” he said. “But it’s really up to them to make that move.”

The PMA, for its part, plans to remain open for the duration of the strike. “The museum respects the right of employees to organize and strike but is disappointed that the union has decided to strike despite the significant wage increases and other offers made by the museum during the last bargaining session,” reads -on in a statement released by the institution today. .

The museum also shared details of its current offer to unionized employees, including wage increases of 8.5% over the next 10 months and 11% by July 1, 2024; a minimum annual salary for exempt employees that is more than 10% higher than the current lowest annual salary; four weeks of paid parental leave; a more flexible remote work schedule; and “job security protections that ensure the museum will not use a temporary employee, term employee, contractor, or volunteer to terminate or furlough a current union staff member.”

A spokesperson for the PMA declined to “speculate” on whether or not the institution would bring in temporary workers if the strike continues.

Negotiations between museum management and the workers’ group have been ongoing since October 2020, just months after 89% of the institution’s employees chose to unionize. Health care and wage increases are among the topics that have been discussed in near-weekly meetings held between the two sides since then.

The museum’s chief operating officer, Bill Peterson, along with representatives from his in-house attorney and the outside law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which has a well-documented track record history of trade unionism— are among those who have been present at meetings with the union.

Promoting a message of progress, the museum noted in its press release today that it has reached tentative agreements with the union on more than 25 “substantive issues”.

The union, in turn, confirmed that progress had been made on many “non-economic” issues, including during two marathon negotiation sessions that took place last week.

But when we got to the economic package,” Rizzo said, “negotiations completely stalled.”

“We showed them [with the last strike] that we are able to put a lot of pressure on, and this week it’s about continuing that pressure,” Rizzo continued. “I hope we get back to the table very soon, really. I’m a museum educator. I want to be there teaching the kids this week instead of picketing outside, but it really depends on the high direction.

A PMA representative said the next meeting between the institution and the union is scheduled for later this week.

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The CIA has renovated its museum. People still can’t go see it. https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/the-cia-has-renovated-its-museum-people-still-cant-go-see-it/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 00:45:54 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/the-cia-has-renovated-its-museum-people-still-cant-go-see-it/

The CIA museum covers the intelligence agency’s long history – from spying on the Soviets to the Argo mission in Iran – but the latest addition is practically ripped from the headlines: a model of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s compound in Kabul used weeks ago to plan the US drone strike that killed the leader of al-Qaeda.

The model is part of the newly renovated showroom located in the heart of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Like the NSA’s Wall of Spies museum in Bethesda, Maryland, the CIA museum is not open to the public. But it’s not entirely secret either, welcoming CIA employees, official guests, foreign partners, potential recruits – and, early Saturday morning, a handful of carefully observed journalists, including reporters with old-fashioned notepads and pens (electronics are prohibited).

There are lots of fun gadgets to see, like a polygraph in a briefcase and a communication device disguised as a tobacco pipe, used in the 1960s. When a user bit the pipe, the sound traveled through their teeth and jaw to to the ear canal, allowing him to hear messages that no one around him could hear.

There’s a stack of red, green and yellow containers for a pneumatic tube system – like you might see in a bank’s drive-thru – used for interoffice courier service before the advent of email. Different colors denoted different levels of classification. There were “miles and miles” of tubes throughout CIA headquarters, according to Robert Byer, the director of the CIA museum. The containers were also the perfect size for carrying a can of beer or, with a little maneuvering, a sandwich, he added.

There’s an early example of the President’s Daily Brief, which used to be called the PICL (President’s Intelligence Checklist) or “pickle”, basically a little spiral notebook, because that’s how the President John F. Kennedy preferred to receive it. President Biden likes to have both hard copy and tablet options for his daily briefing, Byer said, pointing to a leather binder and tablet case. Reagan apparently preferred the briefing by VHS tape.

Even the ceiling conveys the CIA mission. Crossing it, hanging signs are decorated with Morse code, binary code, and even a “modified” Kryptos, a code from 1991 that has yet to be fully deciphered.

An exhibit honors Soviet spies who helped the CIA, such as Adolf Tolkachev, who shared weapons information that would have saved the US government a billion dollars, earning him the nickname ‘the billion-dollar spy,” and Oleg Penkovskiy, who provided information during the Cuban missile crisis that prevented nuclear war. He received the unbeatable nickname “The Spy Who Saved the World”.

“A lot of these spy stories don’t have happy endings,” one reporter said, noting the frequent mentions of imprisonment and execution. That’s true, Byer replied, but CIA employees need to understand how important it is to protect their informants.

Other screens are dedicated to specific missions, such as reconstructing a tunnel under the Berlin Wall that allowed the CIA to wiretap key East German officials. There are also plenty of Argo and Air America memorabilia.

Byer said his favorite part of the museum covered the Hughes Glomar Explorer mission, which in 1974 sought to secretly recover a sunken Soviet submarine from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean via a very large mechanical claw. The mission was only partially successful – part of the giant claw broke off and dropped a piece of the submarine – but when the Los Angeles Times learned of the mission and attempted to confirm, the now ubiquitous “Glomar Response” was born. It starts with “The CIA can neither confirm nor deny…”

Other things museum officials can neither confirm nor deny: how much the renovation cost, what the codes on the ceiling say, or even how they acquired some of the artifacts.

Take, for example, bricks. There are real bricks on display all over East Berlin, the “Hanoi Hilton”, where Americans were tortured during the Vietnam War, and Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. How were all these bricks acquired?

How long after? On another mission, or was there a whole CIA mission to get a brick for a museum?

“It’s classified,” Byer said. He can neither confirm nor deny…

The museum doesn’t shy away from some of the CIA’s failures, like a “dragonfly drone” that couldn’t handle a light breeze, or a single-shot gun meant to be dropped in the thousands for foreign allies. President Jimmy Carter eventually canceled the program, deciding that a bunch of extra weapons dropped indiscriminately into a war zone wouldn’t actually be useful.

It also explores how “groupthink” at the agency led to the assumption that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, an intelligence failure that led to the war in Iraq.

Even with this candid assessment, whole swaths of the CIA’s unflattering history are missing from the showcase. The entire African continent does not seem to be mentioned, let alone the alleged CIA involvement in the 1961 assassination of Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, the 1962 arrest of South African Nelson Mandela, or the Angolan Civil War. 1970s, among others.

Waterboarding doesn’t seem to be mentioned either.

A CIA spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a follow-up email regarding the lack of mentions of waterboarding.

If you’re in the Washington area and want to land one of those “official guest” invites, don’t bother asking your White House connection or that neighbor who works in intelligence. The museum is “operational,” Byer said, meaning if you don’t have a useful reason to see it, sorry, you can’t.

But many of the exhibits – the camera pigeon, the fake dead rat used for ‘dead drops’ – can also be found across the river at the International Spy Museum.

]]> Exchange Museum Barbados Tour – Learn about the history of Barbados trade and commerce from 1625 to 1938 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/exchange-museum-barbados-tour-learn-about-the-history-of-barbados-trade-and-commerce-from-1625-to-1938/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 02:27:02 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/exchange-museum-barbados-tour-learn-about-the-history-of-barbados-trade-and-commerce-from-1625-to-1938/

One of the newest museums in Barbados is the Exchange Interactive Center also known as Exchange Museum Barbados. It is housed in a beautifully restored 18th century building that previously housed Harrison College (1745 to 1871) and a Masonic Temple (1871 to 2005).

Directly opposite the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels on S. Michael’s Row, the Exchange Museum Barbados, which began operations in January 2018, is located in historic Bridgetown and its now listed Garrison. a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Exchange Museum Barbados on Spry Street in Bridgetown. Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

Visitors to the Exchange Museum Barbados can explore interactive exhibits over two floors around three main themes:

Coin Fair:

The Currency Exhibit, which occupies the first floor of the Exchange Museum Barbados, provides insight into the development of trade in Bridgetown and contributions to the world from the 1700s. There are mentions of black business owners such as the hotelier Rachel Pringle Polgreen who owned the Royal Naval Hotel. This section of the museum also educates visitors on the history of coinage in Barbados, the Caribbean, and around the world. Finally, there is an important section on the development of the Central Bank of Barbados, which was established by an Act of the Parliament of Barbados on May 2, 1972.

Barbados' Bridgetown Financial Hub at the Exchange Museum Barbados.  Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey. Barbados’ Bridgetown Financial Hub at the Exchange Museum Barbados. Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

Barbados banknotes at the Exchange Museum Barbados.  Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey. Barbados banknotes at the Exchange Museum Barbados. Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

Freemasonry Exhibition:

The Freemasonry exhibit, on the second floor of the Exchange Museum Barbados, provides insight into the history of Freemasonry and its emergence in Barbados. Members of the secret society included prominent Barbadian politicians like Sir Grantley Herbert Admas (first Prime Minister of Barbados and first and only Prime Minister of the West Indies) and Errol Walton Barrow (first Prime Minister of Barbados). The Freemasonry section also highlights other famous members around the world, including George Washington, Sir Winston Churchill, Nat King Cole and Edward Buzz Aldrin.

Exhibition on Freemasonry at the Exchange Museum Barbados.  Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey. Exhibition on Freemasonry at the Exchange Museum Barbados. Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

The Craftsmanship of Freemasonry at the Exchange Museum Barbados.  Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey. The Craftsmanship of Freemasonry at the Exchange Museum Barbados. Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

School exhibition:

The School Exhibit, on the second floor of the Exchange Museum Barbados, provides an overview of the development of schooling and education in Barbados in the 18th century, focusing on Harrison College (also known as Harrison’s Free School ). It was founded in 1733 by the wealthy Bridgetown merchant, Thomas Harrison, and moved into the current museum building in 1745. No more than 24 pupils attended the school at any one time, and these were white islanders who could not afford to send their children back to England for school.

Other schools mentioned include a seminary for young ladies opened in 1815 by Eliza Fenwick and her daughter Eliza Ann Rutherford. Also, the first school for black boys, St Mary’s Elementary School, which opened in 1818 in the Masonic Temple on Mason Hall Street. Other schools were also established in 1819 by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, but they were reserved for white children.

School exhibition at the Exchange Museum Barbados.  Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey. School exhibition at the Exchange Museum Barbados. Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

Puzzle of Harrison College at the Exchange Museum Barbados.  Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey. Puzzle of Harrison College at the Exchange Museum Barbados. Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

History of Barbados Commerce and Trade 1625-1938

One of my favorite interactive pieces from the Exchange Museum Barbados is a timeline highlighting over thirty major trading events in Barbados over 300 years. As you spin each ball on the timeline, you learn about the history of Barbados and learn how it became the crown jewel of the British colonial empire.

History of Barbados trade and commerce from 1925 to 1938. Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey. History of Barbados trade and commerce from 1925 to 1938. Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

1625: A British ship, the Olive Blossom, encounters Barbados.

1627: First British settlement of Barbados at Hometown.

1628: On July 5, Bridgetown was founded by Charles Wolverstone, who brought 64 settlers with him.

1633: Imperial Post Office has opened a parcel agency in Barbados.

1639: Creation of the Barbados House of Assembly.

1640: Introduction of sugar cane processing technology.

1706: The bank was created to address the shortage of gold and silver coins with paper money currency.

1745: Harrison College opened in this building (where the Barbados Exchange Interactive Center is located) with 24 boys and quarters for masters.

1788: Sir Philip Gibbes introduced the “pineapple penny” to provide coins for small local transactions.

1791: Rachel Pringle Polgreen, who ran the Royal Naval Hotel, has died and left a considerable fortune in her will.

A life-size caricature of Rachel Pringle Polgreen at the Exchange Museum Barbados.  Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey. A life-size caricature of Rachel Pringle Polgreen at the Exchange Museum Barbados. Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

1807: On March 25, the slave trade was abolished in the British Empire after a vigorous campaign by abolitionists.

1816: The slaves, led by Bussa, rebelled across the island. Severe reprisals followed.

1824: The Saint-Michel church has become a cathedral.

1830s: Friendly Societies, encouraged by the Anglican Church, were first established in Barbados.

1831: A severe hurricane devastated Barbados and damaged many buildings and business premises in Bridgetown.

1834: Emancipation of enslaved people across the British Empire; The British government introduced colonial banking regulations.

1836: Colonial Bank, later Barclays’ Bank DCO, received its charter.

1837: London Bourne owned three stores in Bridgetown and had a net worth of between twenty and thirty thousand dollars.

1838: The end of the apprenticeship system, which was introduced after emancipation.

1840: The Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Company, founded in 1840, is the oldest English-speaking mutual life insurance company in the Western Hemisphere.

Mutual construction of Barbados.  Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey. Barbados Mutual Life Insurance Building. Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

1846: The West Indian sugar industry lost the protection of the British government.

1851: The Barbados House of Assembly passed the Post Office Act.

1852: On April 15, the first issue of Barbados stamps went on sale.

1854: The Imperial Packet Agency and the Inland Post Office merged.

1886: Barbados Post has launched an international parcel service with England.

1872: The Parliament Buildings in Bridgetown became the headquarters of the Barbados Postal Service for 112 years, until 1984.

1873: The Bridgetown Club opened at Hoad’s House on Broad Street with 100 members.

1887: International Parcel Service with the United States inaugurated.

1895: The Bridgetown Club moved to the top floor of the Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Company building on Broad Street.

1904 – 1910: Thousands of Barbadians left the island to work on the construction of the Panama Canal, and many sent remittances home.

The Bridgetown Club at the Exchange Museum Barbados.  Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey. The Bridgetown Club at the Exchange Museum Barbados. Photo credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

1929: On March 29, Captain William Lancaster made the first international flight to Barbados in a single-engine Avro Avian.

1933: Over 60 land vessels across Barbados joined together in a “fleet” and were named the Barbados Land Ship Association.

1936: Unique Progressive Friendly Society was formed in August.

1937: Riots break out in Bridgetown after the deportation of Clement Payne.

1938: October 19, first scheduled flight to Barbados, a KLM Royal Dutch postal shuttle from Trinidad.

When to visit the Exchange Barbados Museum

The Exchange Barbados Museum is located on Spry Street in Bridgetown. It is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitors can explore the museum to discover the island’s history for themselves or book a one-hour guided tour. This can also be combined with a general history tour of Bridgetown with stops at the Errol Barrow Statue, Independence Arch and the Spirit Bond.

General admission to the Exchange Barbados Museum is BDS$15 per adult, BDS$10 for group adults and BDS$5 for children under 12. Combined with a visit to Bridgetown, the price is BDS$45 per adult and BDS$20 per child.

The Sioux City Railroad Museum has a new locomotive https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/the-sioux-city-railroad-museum-has-a-new-locomotive/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 03:00:00 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/the-sioux-city-railroad-museum-has-a-new-locomotive/

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — The Sioux City Railroad Museum showcases a new piece of local history.

Employees of the Sioux City Railroad Museum said their new locomotive was heading to Sioux City and they were happy to take it home.

The Electric Motive Company locomotive weighs 120 tons and is 15 feet high and 45 feet long. For years he traveled to and from Siouxland, delivering sand and gravel.

Matt Merk is the executive director of the Railroad Museum. He said the 1938 locomotive was responsible for pulling the first rock train for LG Everest from Dell Rapids to Sioux City.

“He has such a history with the railroad and LG Everest and it’s important that he stays local,” he said.

The museum has only one other diesel-electric locomotive and Merk said the newest addition will help workers tend to the museum’s other trains.

“We have a 45-tonne diesel locomotive and it basically does all of our work here moving cars for catering and public view,” Merk said.

A local towing company transported the train from Akron to the railroad museum. Danny Dierker helps drive the trains and does mechanical work at the museum. He said that now that the train has arrived, he and the other employees will take the time to understand as much as they can before sharing it with the public.

“There’s a lot more to this train,” Dierker said. “So it will take us a while to find out more before we can start talking about it with other people.”

The locomotive is expected to be on public display by next week.

A missed opportunity to bring a quirky museum to life with virtual reality https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/a-missed-opportunity-to-bring-a-quirky-museum-to-life-with-virtual-reality/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 20:03:00 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/a-missed-opportunity-to-bring-a-quirky-museum-to-life-with-virtual-reality/

LONDON — The Sir John Soane Museum is a true museum oddity. Occupying a townhouse in the busy law firm district of Lincoln’s Inn Fields in Holborn, central London, it is the former home of neoclassical architect John Soane, best known for designing elements of the Bank of England. Soane used inventive and unusual architectural tricks, such as strategic mirrors to direct dim natural light, and moveable walls to maximize the spatial limitations of the house, which he filled with an extensive collection of contemporary paintings and paintings. eclectic sculptures ranging from antiquities to sarcophagi, making for a quite unusual viewing experience. Managing the small museum presents a challenge; only 90 people are allowed inside at a time due to space constraints and there is no ticket office except for a small marquee in its small courtyard. These conditions are stipulated by an Act of Parliament of 1833 stipulating that the collection should be kept as it was at the time of Soane. Making this stuffy and archaic personal collection of an English eccentric accessible and appealing to a wide international audience has to be no small feat.

It therefore seems natural to mount an exhibition using the medium of virtual reality, which defies such physical restrictions. The multidisciplinary design practice Space Popular is led by Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Helberg, who present here Portal galleries, two films experienced through a VR headset in temporary exhibitions throughout the house. The portals are an inspired choice for a museum that stepping into is almost like stepping into another world, with its narrow passageways and low-ceilinged alcoves, and the press release sets out to demonstrate the intellectual connection: “Visitors will be guided through the magic and mechanics of virtual travel in an exhibit that bridges technologies from Soane’s time to our own. Linking the physical experience with the virtual, the portals”[respond] to the virtuality of “the museum”[granting] entering another environment.

View of the facility including the RV facility labeled carpet

It would have been fantastic if this stated relationship continued in the VR movies themselves, but from their content, one could be forgiven for concluding that Lesmes and Helberg never set foot in the museum. The press release says the downstairs VR experience features “a series of portals through environments derived from Soane’s spaces”, but the video shows a large open black space centered on a podium, around which float various objects, such as the monolith from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey or the VHS tape of Videodrome. On the floor is a semi-circular rug emblazoned with words such as “object”, “hole” and “water”. Floating texts ask things like “do we already travel great distances through our screens?” before images of doors or other openings appear, intercut with stills from other popular films like Disney’s turn red. Little here is obviously “derived from Soane spaces” in any visual or even obviously thematic sense.

Similarly, the second VR experience comes with an oval table displaying various circles that contain “types” of portals seen in popular movies. The accompanying VR film explores the history of the portal in storytelling since 1950, from early cartoons in which Road Runner holds a black hole “portal” aloft to 1980s horror movies like Fly, or the Harry Potter series. The plethora of films on display seems incongruous in the historical setting of the Soane Museum. Nothing is inherently wrong with such a presentation; indeed, children enjoying the show during my visit were clearly captivated, and engaging young audiences is hardly anything to complain about. For a younger audience, the nuances, intricacies, and historical significance of the museum will appeal as a fun experience at best, but still remain obscure without knowledge or context.

The main sculpture gallery of the Soane Museum

That’s not to say kids need an art history background to appreciate the culture, but not using this virtual reality opportunity to get back to the museum’s incredible architecture and visual richness translates by a missed opportunity to breathe life into its archaic walls and works of art. A fully contained VR experience here is essentially no different from a fun, interactive diversion at the Science Museum. It’s about the temporary content, not the building or its history. It would have been forgivable if the press release hadn’t been so diligent in affirming the union between the videos and the museum.

Virtual reality presents museums with many constructive and relevant ways to interact with the public. Yet in this case, the VR content does not complement the physical; instead, it widens the gap between art history and contemporary artistic creation.

Installation view of the VR experience upstairs

Popular space: the galleries of the portal continues at Sir John Soane’s Museum (13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, England) until September 25. The exhibit was curated by Dr. Erin McKellar.

The Grass Lake Museum brings train history to life https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/the-grass-lake-museum-brings-train-history-to-life/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 22:30:45 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/the-grass-lake-museum-brings-train-history-to-life/

GRASS LAKE, Mich. (WLNS) — It’s time travel.

“You have to have an idea of ​​that. And that gives you an idea of ​​what it looked like,” said director of the Lost Railway Museum in Grass Lake, Tom Nolte.

This is part of a project designed to bring the region’s long railway history to life.

“While the line may be covered by AMTRAK now, there were only four tracks here that went to Jackson, so it became one of the biggest freight hubs in the state of Michigan,” said said Nolte.

Years of work have gone into restoring trains like these. It became a passion project for Kenneth Soderbeck

“It’s interesting. I love history. I love mechanical things and old mechanical things. I’ve spent 50 years restoring old vintage fire engines, so that was just normal for me to get into restoring old railroad cars,” Soderbeck said.

It’s a job that also includes a virtual 14-mile time travel from Jackson to Grass Lake. They both hope the museum shows younger generations that what is lost in time is still a big part of this community’s history.

“The younger generation, I just want them to learn that public transit existed a long time ago, even in this area, and keep an eye out for it possibly coming back as everything seems to be heading towards electricity,” Nolte said.

The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Five Museum Day adventures: porcupines, portraits and more to rekindle your love of learning – Arts https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/five-museum-day-adventures-porcupines-portraits-and-more-to-rekindle-your-love-of-learning-arts/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 05:13:27 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/five-museum-day-adventures-porcupines-portraits-and-more-to-rekindle-your-love-of-learning-arts/

photo of John Anderson

There’s no bad day to go to a museum, but no better day than Austin Museum Day (September 18), the annual celebration of galleries, exhibits, cemeteries, parks and cultural institutions held by the Austin Museum Partnership. More than 30 spaces around the city and beyond (find the full list at austinmuseums.org) are participating, but here are some sparks to rekindle the fire of curiosity.

Campus Scavenger Hunt

UT’s campus has the highest density of museums and galleries in the city: so rush between the Christian-Green Gallery, Blanton Museum of Art, Harry Ransom Center, Dolph Briscoe Center and Bullock Texas State History Museum, as well as epic works from the Landmarks program, to pick up a postcard and maybe win something special.

Learn to paint (and sculpt) faces

German-born sculptor Elisabet Ney’s Hyde Park studio, Formosa, is arguably the birthplace of fine portraiture in Texas, so what better place to meet and learn from local artists and educators, while browsing giant prints photographs of Cindy Elizabeth’s faces, only at Portraiture in the Park: Who are you after all?!

Noon-5 p.m. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th. theney.org

Meet the baby porcupines

The newly renovated “Small Wonders” exhibit at the Austin Nature and Science Center welcomes new little wonders: baby porcupines. Learn all about these spiky pals and many native Texas species, from bees to birds of prey.

Noon-5 p.m. Austin Nature and Science Center, 2389 Stratford. austintexas.gov/ansc

Make an appointment with a 19th century doctor

Take a trip down memory lane at the Neill-Cochran House, one of Austin’s oldest residences. Let the old tunes of the Duck Creek String Band soothe you before a special exhibit on Civil War medical procedures, then clear the heat with old-fashioned ice cream and freshly squeezed lemonade.

11am-4pm. Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel. nchmuseum.org

Smell the roses of Benini

The 6,500 square foot Hill Country studio and museum of Italian artist Benini and his wife Lorraine is only accessible by appointment, but eventually the couple opens the doors every Saturday, with a special celebration for the Day museums. Discover the evolution of the painter, from his first figurative works to his geometric period, and his emblematic roses.

11am-6pm. Museo Benini, 3440 FM 2147 E., Marble Falls. www.museobenini.com

Chazen Museum of Art exhibition highlights historically marginalized voices https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/chazen-museum-of-art-exhibition-highlights-historically-marginalized-voices/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 02:47:00 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/chazen-museum-of-art-exhibition-highlights-historically-marginalized-voices/

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) — A new exhibit at the University of Wisconsin — Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art opened on Monday, giving voice to those who have been historically marginalized and excluded on campus.

It’s part of the UW-Madison Public History Project, which began in the fall of 2019. Oral Histories.

John Zumbrunnen, vice-president for teaching and learning, explained that the public history project will help instructors interact with students in a more honest and open way.

“We are, after all, committed to the basic idea that learning together in open and honest dialogue about ourselves, our campus and our communities will lead to a better future,” Zumbrunnen said.

LaVar Charleston, deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, said he hopes the project will inspire new ways for the campus community and surrounding areas to take an active role in achieving of a more equitable university.

“By learning about our history, we get a better sense of the progress we’ve made, where we’ve fallen short, and where we need to focus our attention going forward,” Charleston said.

The exhibition will continue until December 23.

The steel museum celebrates its 30th anniversary | News, Sports, Jobs https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/the-steel-museum-celebrates-its-30th-anniversary-news-sports-jobs/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 05:11:36 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/the-steel-museum-celebrates-its-30th-anniversary-news-sports-jobs/

YOUNGSTOWN — The continuous casting method of steelmaking will be on display at an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday when the Steel Museum, 151 W. West Wood St., hosts one of many events this year to celebrate the museum’s 30th anniversary.

The Youngstown Historic Center of Industry and Labor will preview a model it has had since March 1991, 15 months before the museum opened in June 1992.

The model was built in the 1970s by LTV Corp. of Cleveland of a continuous cast which he then built in 1983 at his factory in Cleveland Cliffs. Dr. John Liana, assistant curator at the museum, and museum consultant Tom Leary said LTV still uses continuous casting at its Cleveland Cliffs factory, although they are not sure if it is identical to the model.

The model is large – over 9ft by 8ft and about 8ft tall, mounted on tables. His realism and attention to detail are remarkable.

Liana said that when engineering students from Eastern Gateway Community College came to the museum to help with the model, they “I couldn’t believe anyone actually did this, the amount of work it took to do this.”

Liana said the reason for the model’s quality is why it was built – so the company can show it to customers or investors, promote its products and demonstrate the modernity of its mill.

The Republic Steel/WCI plant in Warren was the only steel mill in the Youngstown-Warren area with continuous casting, Liana and Leary said. It was built in 1993.

The Youngstown mills have never had continuous casting, which is “part of the why” the mills of Youngstown have closed, “because there has been no modernization”, said Liana. Republic Steel’s continuous pitcher in Warren was the only one between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, Liana said.

“Warren had one that would look like this” but until more research is done, it’s unclear how similar the model is to Warren’s, Liana said of the model.

Warren’s former WCI plant closed in 2012 and demolition of the plant began in 2013, followed by the removal of its iconic blast furnace in 2017.


Liana said he expects the model to bring back memories for workers who spent time in the steel industry.

“It’s attractive to all the men who worked in the factories. It’s memory” he says of the model. “We had three or four guys one day (at the museum) who wanted to look at plant maps,” Liana remembers. Museum officials provided the maps.

“These three guys said, ‘I used to go here. We used to walk here. They stood there making detailed observations and discussions just by looking at this map,” said Liana. “It’s memory. It is the preservation of this memory for future generations.

He said a person could tell his grandchildren about a continuous pitcher, but, “They may not know what it is. They will now,” said Liana.

“It revolutionized the way things were done,” Liana said continuous casters. Liana stood in front of the model last week showing the different stages of a continuous cast, saying molten steel is poured into what is called a “distributor”, which is like a bathtub, which introduced molten steel into a mold which creates an ingot. The model has realistic ingots.

“Everything flows to this conveyor belt-like system, and then it keeps running and rolling until the end of the factory, where they pick it up and put it in the yard,” said Liana.

“Continuous casting made things two to three times faster than regular casting – the old method of casting an ingot – because you couldn’t do so much at once because you had to take time to empty the oven, fill the ladle and fill the ingot moulds”, he said.

The continuous casting method of steelmaking was invented in the 1950s and was a big breakthrough in the steel industry because it “streamlined the system”,making production more efficient, saving money and energy and leading to fewer errors and a higher quality product, according to Marcel Wilson, Site Manager of the Steel Museum.

The old method of making steel resulted in up to 5% of substandard steel and had to be scrapped, Wilson said.

A partnership between the museum and two local universities—Youngstown State University and Eastern Gateway Community College—provides labor to make missing or broken parts of the model and helps develop an exhibit explaining how the roulette wheel works. A volunteer and Liana did much of the cleaning of the model.


During the Saturday event, visitors will get a behind-the-scenes look at the work being done to clean and restore the model. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. The open house is part of the Ohio History Connection’s Ohio Open Doors event that began Thursday and will continue through Saturday.

The goal of the Open Door event is for the facilities to “open their doors to the public for special tours and allow the public to celebrate Ohio’s architecture and history at a free event, according to the Ohio History Connection.

Another September event celebrating the Steel Museum’s 30th anniversary will take place at 6 p.m. on September 22 at the museum with Angelica Diaz, executive director of the Organizacion Civica y Cultural Hispana Americana, and other members sharing their experiences. and reflect on 50 years of OCCHA.

And at 6 p.m. on November 10, Donna DeBlasio, former director of the Steel Museum, will share her memories of the Steel Museum’s beginnings and growth.

Liana said part of the philosophy of Open Doors events is to allow the public to “see things they would never see again in the real world. You’re not going to find anything like that in Youngstown or Warren,” said Liana.

The main parts of the museum are on the first floor, where steelmaking artifacts and images are displayed from the early days of steelmaking in Youngstown until 1920, when the Mahoning Valley was second only to Pittsburgh in steel production. national steel, and to more modern times. , when most of the mills were demolished.

Anniversary events

• Saturday 4 pm: Visitors go behind the scenes of cleaning and restoration work on a continuous casting model used in the steel industry. Free and open to the public. The open house is part of the Ohio History Connection’s Ohio Open Doors event.

• 6:00 pm September 22: Angelica Diaz, Executive Director of the Organizacion Civica y Cultural Hispana Americana, and others will share their experiences and reflect on OCCHA’s 50th anniversary.

• 6:00 pm Nov. 10: Donna DeBlasio, former Director of the Steel Museum, will share her memories of the beginnings and growth of the Steel Museum.

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