Oooo—a pretty resource I’ve not come across before. The Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South at the Library of Congress contains early- to mid-20th century photographs of notable buildings and landscapes (both humble and grand) throughout the American South [via Scout Report].
- The 2011 WebWise Conference, “Libraries, Museums, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in Education, Learning, and Research,” (whew, that’s a mouthful!) is now free and available on the web [via Ricc Ferrante, SIA].
- And speaking of online programs, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art will be hosting a free, free international online conversation on the museum’s famous James McNeill Whistler interior on Wednesday, May 11, 8 - 9:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
- The National Air and Space museum wants to make it clear that their Wright Flyer is real.
- The Hartlepool Museums and Heritage Service has been added to the Flickr Commons, and their first set, on the World War I bombardment of Hartlepool, is really striking. The Commons is currently taking new registrations from institutions, so I'm sure we'll be seeing lots of action there over the next few months [via Susannah Wells, SIA].
- Finally, your kids will know what it was like… A new game called Digital: A Love Story, recreates what it was like to be "online" in the late 1980s.
- The National Zoo’s former pandas, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, made a mark on the world when they were gifted by the People’s Republic of China to the zoo after President Richard Nixon’s historic trip to China in February 1972. Check out footage of former First Lady Pat Nixon accepting the gift of the pandas just a few months after the president’s successful diplomatic visit to China:
First Lady Pat Nixon welcomes pandas to the National Zoo, Washington, DC, April 16, 1972. The footage taken inside the panda house is silent, (NPC#1211-218, Richard Nixon Library), Courtesy of the National Archives.