History


November 27, 2018

A Teacher in 1876 Handcrafted This Quilt to Help Teach Astronomy to Her Class

For many teachers, their job is more than just covering the syllabus—they often go beyond the basic requirements, dedicating time and energy to inspire their pupils as much as possible. One teacher of this caliber of commitment to education was Ellen Harding Baker, an American astronomer from the 19th century who is famous for one particularly crafty education method.

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November 9, 2018

History Comes to Life Through Beautiful Colorized Photographs

Bringing a bit of color to history, The Paper Time Machine is an incredible collaboration between Wolfgang Wild (the creator and curator of Retronaut) and Jordan Lloyd of Dynamichrome. In this book, over 100 photographs have been painstakingly researched and restored in a manner that brings history to life. From iconic photos like Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother and Lewis Hine‘s Powerhouse Mechanic to glimpses of famous monuments under construction, the vibrant detail highlighted in each image is incredible.

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October 31, 2018

Día de los Muertos: How Mexico Celebrates Its Annual “Day of the Dead”

Throughout history, cultures across the globe have adopted creative ways to deal with death. In ancient China, they crafted funerary sculptures. During the Dutch Golden Age, artists touched on mortality in their still-life paintings. And, in modern Mexico, people celebrate Día de los Muertos, a colorful holiday dedicated to the dearly departed. Though this festival has evolved over centuries, it remains one of Mexico’s most important events.

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