“Around the country, there are only a few markers noting the sites of lynchings. In several of those places, like Newnan, Ga., attempts to erect markers were met with local resistance. But in most places, no one has tried to put up a marker. *** ‘If you’re trying to make a point that the amount of racial violence is underestimated, well then, there’s no doubt about it,'Professor Beck said. 'What people don’t realize here is just how many there were, and how close. Places they drive by every day.’”
More on efforts to mark the spaces where lynchings took place in the New York Times.
It could be home state bias talking here, but I think this historical marker is pure literature. Maybe the Texas Historical Commission has actually just been a front for a flash fiction workshop this whole time.
Harrisburg, PA – The iconic Don’t Give Up the Ship Battle Flag from the War of 1812, theater pioneer Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel, innovations in natural gas extraction and distribution by George Westinghouse that made the fuel commercially available, and Sullivan Progress Plaza, the first shopping center developed, owned, and managed by African Americans are among the subjects of the 22 new state historical markers approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). The new markers, selected from 50 applications, will be added to the nearly 2,300 familiar blue-with-gold-lettering signs along roads and streets throughout Pennsylvania.
The Empty Saddle Monument in Dalhart, Texas, memorializing the XIT Ranch (via).
One paragraph of the monument marker reads: “Trail boss Abner Blocker delivered first herd to Buffalo Springs in 1885 and scratched the "XIT” brand in the corral dust with boot heel to design famous brand.“ (Emphasis added.)
okay i get it that pokego gyms are usually located on ‘public art installations, historical markers, historic buildings, cenotaphs and other memorials’ (wikipedia), but uhhhh i found this one kinda creepy know
esp since there is forest nearby and a fucking giant cross
Roman coins have been found in ancient Chinese sites
A tiny percentage of Icelandic people have a historical genetic marker only found in America and parts of Asia
Vikings were part of the elite guard of the Byzantium Emperor in Constantinople
Black Agnes, when faced with the bombardment of her
besieged castle by the English, went out with her maids to dust the
ramparts when their attackers ran out of ammunition.
at least two Roman Emperors married men
Sybil Ludington was 16 years old when she rode through the night to warn the American forces that the English were coming in 1777. She rode double the distance of Paul Revere, from 9pm until dawn.
Suleiman the Magnificent conquered Buda in 1541 by being a tactical genius who managed to take half the Royal court hostage by playing at being their allies, while his men went for a tour of the city, then aired their swords and put their flags up
The award-winning Milk screenwriter will present a Philadelphia Conference Historic Marker at the Arch Street Meeting House, the site where 300 LGBT activists gathered to plan the 1979 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
The activists gathered at the house a few short months after the assassination of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, a leading activist in the fight for LGBT equality.
There, they strategized and put into motion the steps that would lead to the groundbreaking 100,000-person demonstration in D.C., which many regard as a turning point in the LGBT civil rights movement.
Alas, we will have to do without background narration from
Sigourney Weaver, but with Finding Dory in the theatres let’s visit the
inspiration for the movie’s setting, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, designed
I’ve visited the aquarium a number of times*, and have always
appreciated the building. The exhibits, of course, are the big draw,
and they are stunning and great technical achievements, but the rugged
and simple building itself is an understated beauty.
Two things strike you as you enter into the building. The first is
the boilers, remnants of the cannery that forms the heart of the
complex. Starting with this moment of adaptive reuse, the old and
weathered brick is inviting and sets the stage for the technical systems
and shed-like structures that carries through the rest of the
buildings. Thematically, it also sets a counterpoint to the history of
the region and the mission of the aquarium, as well as historical marker
of our relationship to the sea.
(the smokestack and the building in front are the bits of the original cannery adaptively reused
The second is the view. Directly opposite the entrance are great
windows that open out to the bay beyond, with the aquarium’s great tide
pool in the foreground. This is an institute dedicated to the sea and
our love and understanding and protection of it, and that’s on view and
on display right as you enter. The soaring space of the lobby, with the
big boilers and skylights above, pulls attention and the view outward
(the boilers and the view up, out, and beyond)
It is most definitively not an introverted building, though it could
easily have been one given all the special tanks and displays and
activities. But at every turn the building reconnects you to the
outside and to the bay beyond.
It’s a great building that supports a great set of exhibits. And
it’s in the spotlight not only in Finding Dory but also winning this
year’s AIA’s 25 Year Award.
If you’ve never been, it’s worth a visit for all the reasons.
* If you’re asking why I don’t have any of my own pictures to share
of the building, well, each time I visit, somehow, the only pictures I
take are of the otters… the wonderful, playful, cute, sleek, fun,