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In this week's collection, explore history and photos of Australia's gold rushes, the Northern Rockies, Michigan, and the post-Civil War Western frontier. Get inspired to train for a marathon, find a summer movie to watch, and browse postcards from locations across the U.S.
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Curt Teich Postcard Archives
The Curt Teich Postcard Archives "is recognized throughout the world as the largest public collection of postcards and related materials." View the "Digital Past Project" to "access more than 25,000 postcard views of towns, cities, lakes, rivers, and parks in Illinois, across the country and Canada." Also find a blog, information about dating Curt Teich postcards, and details about the bi-annual Postcard Art Competition/Exhibition. From the Lake County Discovery Museum in Illinois.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27602
The Divine Art: Four Centuries of European Tapestries
Companion website to this 2008-2009 exhibit that featured life-sized tapestries from the 15th through the 18th century, depicting "allegories, biblical and Christian themes, events from ancient history, and mythological scenes, as well as representations of everyday life and verdures." Features illustrated essays on the use and function of tapestries, weaving structures, color in tapestries, and more. Includes a map and selected works from the exhibit. From the Art Institute of Chicago.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27755
Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-1937
Website companion to this exhibit about Spanish artist Joan Miró that "opens with a series of paintings on unprimed canvas made in Paris in early 1927. ... It concludes with 1937's singular, hallucinatory painting 'Still Life with Old Shoe', the result of Miró's abrupt return to working from life." View exhibition images by series (with essays at the start), chronologically, and by relative size. Includes an exhibition checklist. From the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27083
Harvard Business School: On the Global Economic Crisis
This site highlights research and commentary from Harvard Business School faculty on the global economic crisis. Find videos, articles from the Harvard publications (some material only available for purchase), and links to other news sources. Topics include consumer psychology, the opportunities in the economic downturn, recruiting, Obama's first 100 days, and more. From the Harvard Business School (HBS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27902
The National Numismatic Collection
Website for the National Numismatic Collection (NNC) of the Smithsonian Institution. "The NNC contains many great rarities in coins and currency, ... as well as fascinating objects such as beads, wampum, dentalia, and other commodities once used as money." View selected coins, currency, and medals from the collection, and virtual exhibits on topics such as on the evolution of American money from gold coins to credit cards. The FAQ section includes references and links.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27121
Online Bookshelves: Contingency Operations
Compilation of reference and research material about U.S. Army contingency operations, including Grenada (Operation Urgent Fury), Panama (Operation Just Cause), Somalia (Operation Restore Hope), Bosnia-Herzegovina (operations Joint Endeavor, Joint Guard, and Joint Forge), and others. Includes books, book excerpts, short accounts, reports, and other publications. From the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28300
Blood Groups, Blood Typing and Blood Transfusions
Background about the ABO blood grouping system, discovered in 1901 by Karl Landsteiner (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1930). Find information about blood components, the differences in blood groups caused by antigens and antibodies, the ABO blood grouping system, the Rh factor blood grouping system, what happens when blood clumps or agglutinates, and who can receive blood from whom in a transfusion. Also includes a blood typing game. From the Nobel Foundation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27286
Fact Sheet: Helicopter Emergency Medical Service Safety
Facts about Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operations safety, covering accident rates, role of the medical community, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversight, specific FAA actions, operations specifications, weather, night vision goggles, flight data recorders, and Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS). Discusses the FAA rulemaking project (started in April 2009) to address HEMS initiatives and best practices. From the FAA.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27900
Movie Review Intelligence
This website's purpose is "to give moviegoers and movie industry professionals -- filmmakers, marketers, exhibitors, critics and publishing editors -- the most accurate and complete picture of movie reviews possible." Find data on the percentage of positive reviews of a movie for categories such as "broad national press" and "alternative/indie," and links to reviews. Includes new releases, top 10 at the box office, other film listings, and listings for critics and publications.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28387
Companion website to this PBS Nova documentary that "follows 13 generally sedentary people through a training regimen designed to prepare them" for a marathon. Features participant and coach profiles, video diaries from some of the participants, a week-by-week training calendar, tips for novice runners, and other material about marathons and training. Includes a classroom guide and links to related books and websites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28003
Gold Rush: The Australian Experience
This collection of material related to the gold rushes of the 1850s in Australia includes background, prints, and paintings about the Australian gold rushes; collections of images of clipper ships and sailing cards from the period; and a library with printed accounts of the Australian gold rushes and of the 1849 California Gold Rush. Includes links to related sites. From the Australian National Maritime Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26171
Museum of the Rockies Photo Archive
This photo archive is a "preservation and research collection of historical photography from the Northern Rockies Region of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. The Archive collects and preserves photographs from the late 1860's to the 1980's." View selected images from collections by photographers such as Elsa Spear Byron documenting the Crow tribe, and online databases with images of Indian peoples of the northern Great Plains and railroads. From the Museum of the Rockies in Montana.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25216
This site's mission is to provide "access to unique historical information that promotes Michigan's cultural heritage. ... [defined] as the stories of Michigan's families, homes, businesses, communities and landscapes as told by unique source documents, maps, films, images, oral histories and artifacts." Search the collection, or browse online collections such as Civil War photographs, oral histories, and architecture. Also includes the "Look" and "Teach" blogs. From the Michigan History Foundation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28249
Drawing the Western Frontier: The James E. Taylor Album
Collection of hundreds of items from a "scrapbook kept by an American illustrator, James E. Taylor (1839-1901). A professional artist, Taylor's newspaper illustrations served to popularize stereotypes of the Western frontier during the post-Civil War years." Browse individual images of drawings, photos, news clippings, and letters, or view album pages on gold mining, Mexican life, and other topics. From the National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27907
Texts in Context
"Texts in Context is a rich and unusual collection of over 400 British Library texts. ... These 'everyday' texts illustrate the many histories -- social, cultural, economic, political, technical -- within which language is used and produced. [It includes] a whole range of characters: cooks, clerks, publishers, tradesmen, lexicographers, sea captains, smugglers and quack doctors, to name a few." Find introductory essays and book excerpts. (Audio not available.) From the British Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26413
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