1915 | CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - Gilbert H. Grosvenor, first full-time editor of National Geographic magazine, awakens after a night spent beneath a giant sequoia tree during his first trip to California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. After this visit, he lobbied for passage of a bill that created the National Park Service in 1916.

Pioneering filmmaker Julie Dash, whose film Daughters of the Dust made her the first black woman to ever have a feature film theatrically released in the U.S., has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund her next film:

Please join us in the making of Travel Notes Of A Geechee Girl  a new documentary feature film that chronicles the extraordinary life and multi-faceted career of self-proclaimed Geechee Girl, Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor. The film will trace her journey and madcap adventures from the Lowcountry of South Carolina through five cultural movements of major consequence in American history. Vertamae’s story is one of a fearless, creative and imaginative woman who has dared to cross multiple boundaries and live her life out loud!–2

Westminster Jewels: Blue Enamel Tiara

The Westminsters have this intriguing tiara from Chaumet. As we’ve discussed in the past, kokoshnik is often used to refer to a tiara that takes the shape of the traditional fabric Russian headdresses. This one, however, is an unusually literal translation in which blue enamel serves to mimic the fabric kokoshniks were made of and diamond flowers translate to the ornamentation kokoshniks often featured. This one was originally bought by the 2nd Duke of Westminster; it left the family for a time before the current duke reacquired it.