A recent after hours lecture at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science yielded a bit more than stuffed animals. The world class dioramas include a bit of whimsey by one artist.
Usually painters sign their work with their name but Kent R. Pendleton, one of the diorama artists, painted elves (some argue they are leprechauns) into his work. The Museum staff know visitors with binoculars usually mean one thing: elf hunt!
Interested in learning more about the role and history of nature and science museums in the United States?
If you liked the BBC hit podcast, A History of the World in 100 Objects, you won't want to miss seeing the images in the new book featuring all 100 objects.
The series explores the microhistories of artifacts from Ife sculpture to the modern day credit card. Together, the objects weave a story of humankind. The podcasts are still available for download while you're on the hold list for the book.
The following titles are just a few of my favorite microhistories. The Library has many more titles to choose from so look for your favorite things too.
What makes a person successful? For Shannon Sharpe, his grandmother and the three Ds (determination, dedication, and discipline) are the foundation of his success.
My Dad recorded Sharpe's enshrinement speech into the NFL's Hall of Fame to share with me. I am so grateful because the speech is an inspirational testimony to the power of love and self knowledge. Sharpe asks people to separate the popular public persona from the person. He is passionate about the support he received from his community and family but especially the legacy left by his grandmother, Ms. Mary Potter. She sadly passed away a month before the awards ceremony.
The 24th Annual AIDS Walk Colorado is taking place August 13, 2011. Who will you walk for?
Parents all over the world have lost children of all ages to AIDS. Generations of families have been destroyed in Africa due to this disease. Newspapers report the statistics but children and those who care for them, are the most articulate about the impact of AIDS on their lives.
Nasdijj says it best when asked why anyone would adopt a child with AIDS in his memoir The Boy and the Dog are Sleeping: "Because one comes to you. Because you can."
Lynd Ward is known as a graphic innovator. A prolific artist, he has illustrated more than 200 books for children and adults.
In 2010, the Library of America published a two volume collection of six wordless woodcut novels by Lynd Ward. The first novel God's Man was originally published the week of the 1929 stock market crash and was considered the first woodcut novel published in the United States.