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Artistic microscope slides produced in the Victorian era (1840~1900) by arranging hundreds of tiny diatoms into intricate patterns. This was often accomplished by using a single hair to move the diatoms in a special chamber that prevented disturbance to the slide. The fabrication of these amazing objects must have required incredible patience, attention to detail, and a steady hand.
Welcome to Women’s History Wednesday!
This week we are highlighting Dr. Linda K. Kerber and announcing The Linda and Richard Kerber Fund for Research in the Iowa Women’s Archives which will award a grant of $1000 to fund travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to conduct research in the Iowa Women’s Archives.
Dr. Linda K. Kerber, is one of the preeminent scholars in the field of women’s history and is professor emerita in the University of Iowa Department of History. In her writing and teaching Linda Kerber has emphasized the history of citizenship, gender, and authority. In the history department she taught courses in U.S. history with an emphasis on the history of women and gender; feminist theory, and U.S. legal history.
She has been an ardent supporter and unfailing advocate for the Iowa Women’s Archives since its opening in 1992, bringing countless classes to the library to “learn the secrets of the archives” and suggesting new ways of thinking about the collections. Upon her retirement in 2012, Kerber requested that gifts in her honor be designated for the Linda and Richard Kerber Fund for Research in the Iowa Women’s Archives. Thanks to the generous contributions of students, colleagues, friends, and family, the Iowa Women’s Archives is able to award its first travel grant this spring.
Travel Grant guidelines: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/kerber/
Here is a WONDERFUL opportunity to travel to Iowa! Come and research with us!
a PBS documentary used my personal photos and “consulted” with me for their history on the Nebraska State Capitol!
Smithsonian Women Scientists: Smithsonian women scientists are an adventurous group: from hunting meteorites in Antarctica, exploring the farthest reaches of the Universe from remote mountain tops, to measuring mercury levels from the depths of the ocean to the canopy of the rain forest. Learn more about a few of these amazing women.
Winning the Vote for Women: For more than a century, women in the United States struggled to obtain the right to vote. In 1920, the suffrage movement finally achieved victory with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. By using the “Winning the Vote for Women” OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring the history of the women’s suffrage movement and women’s roles in civic life today.
Women’s History Photos on Flickr: Explore and download images from a Smithsonian photostream on Flickr featuring historic photographs related to Women’s History Month.
American Women & American Women children’s activity guide: This selection of seventy portraits recognizes the great achievements of American women. Featured are portraits of women reformists, activists, athletes, scientists, artists, and entertainers. The pieces date from colonial times to the modern day. But most noteworthy is the range of individual accomplishment that these portraits embody.
Women of Our Time: This online exhibition highlights famous and influencial American women of the twentieth century. The iconic images include studio portraits, glamorous publicity shots, press photographs, fashion photographs, advertising images, and amateur snapshots.
Heritage Month on Smithsonian Folkways: If you’re interested in that broadest of all musical categories, “world music,” you won’t find a better site than Smithsonian Folkways, which contains 40,000 tracks from the Smithsonian Folkways archives. Albums and individual songs are available for purchase and download. For Women’s History Month, Smithsonian Folkways offers free audio tracks and videos featuring women around the world who “break musical barriers.” Lesson plans and student activities are included.
Innovative Lives: This website explores the historical accomplishments of women inventors and includes a video, activities, and a teacher resource guide about eight female inventors.
Women in Space: This website features women’s contributions to flight, their stories, and claims to fame throughout history. This guide leads to all the women that have artifacts or photographs in the National Air and Space Museum.
The Seneca Falls Convention: This website tells the story of the first Woman’s Rights Convention through portraits of many of the women involved, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
Four Women Who Excelled in Business: This virtual tour introduces four exceptional American women who succeeded in business in the twentieth century. The website features biographical information, timelines, games, and historical background for each of the women.
- The Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture prepared this annotated bibliography on African American Women Artists.
- A list of recommended readings about Native American women prepared by the National Museum of the American Indian Resource Center.
- The Anacostia Museum’s Office of Education offers a reading list for children about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
USGS & NARA Gov Doc: Old Faithful Geyser. Yellowstone National Park, 1869 - 1878
Old Faithful Geyser. Yellowstone National Park, 1869 - 1878
From the series: Hayden Survey, William H. Jackson, Photographs, 1869 - 1878; Records of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Two major Hollywood actors spoke on Capitol Hill yesterday, Ben Affleck and Seth Rogen, but it’s Rogen’s testimony on the ongoing struggles of those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease that’s making the rounds on Thursday morning. As with most things Rogen does, the speech is sure to make you laugh, but also draws important attention to the daily difficulties faced by those with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. Sadly, it seems most of the Senate commitee that asked Rogen to testify didn’t feel the need to stick around for his remarks. source
The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher. The release of the Douglass Papers, from the Library of Congress’s Manuscript Division, contains approximately 7,400 items (38,000 images) relating to Douglass’ life as an escaped slave, abolitionist, editor, orator, and public servant. The papers span the years 1841 to 1964, with the bulk of the material from 1862 to 1895. The collection consists of correspondence, speeches and articles by Douglass and his contemporaries, a draft of his autobiography, financial and legal papers, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous items. These papers reveal Douglass’ interest in diverse subjects such as politics, emancipation, racial prejudice, women’s suffrage, and prison reform. Included is correspondence with many prominent civil rights reformers of his day, including Susan B. Anthony, William Lloyd Garrison, Gerrit Smith, Horace Greeley, and Russell Lant, and political leaders such as Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison. Scrapbooks document Douglass’ role as minister to Haiti and the controversy surrounding his interracial second marriage.