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Patent for Improvements to Barbed Wire

National Archives "Today's Document" - Thu, 2017-11-23 23:41

Patent Drawing for Joseph F. Glidden’s Improvement to Barbed Wire, 11/24/1874 (detail)
While the later half of the 19th century saw a series of patents for barbed wire, it was this one that has proven to be the most enduring. In 1874, Joseph Glidden, an Illinois farmer, patented an improved design which held the wire barbs in place. Glidden’s wire was the leading barbed wire used while the West was being settled; since that time, there has been little change to his innovation. Barbed wire not only simplified the work of the rancher and farmer, but it significantly affected political, social, and economic practices throughout the region.
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'Priceless' Giorgio de Chirico Work Stolen From Museum in France - artnet News

Illinois in museum news - Thu, 2017-11-23 02:01

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'Priceless' Giorgio de Chirico Work Stolen From Museum in France
artnet News
A self portrait painted in 1926 by the modern Italian master Giorgio de Chirico was stolen from the collection of the Béziers Museum of Fine Arts in southern France last week. The painting in question, Composition with Self-Portrait, first inventoried ...

Washington's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

National Archives "Today's Document" - Wed, 2017-11-22 23:20

George Washington’s October 3, 1789, Thanksgiving Day Proclamation (detail)
On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, November 26, 1789 as an official holiday of "sincere and humble thanks." The nation then celebrated its first Thanksgiving under its new Constitution.
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Annual Knights of Columbus Museum creche exhibit moves upstairs - CT Post

Illinois in museum news - Wed, 2017-11-22 23:06

CT Post

Annual Knights of Columbus Museum creche exhibit moves upstairs
CT Post
It was manufactured for the museum's show, “Buon Natale: Creches of Italy,” three years ago and is part of its permanent collection, said Peter Sonski, education/outreach and visitors' services manager. In addition, there are three ... Contributions on ...

Field Museum to Determine Identities of Lions on Display - U.S. News & World Report

Illinois in museum news - Wed, 2017-11-22 16:48

Field Museum to Determine Identities of Lions on Display
U.S. News & World Report
Researchers at the museum have been using a portable X-ray machine this week to determine the identities of the animals' remains, the Chicago Sun-Times reported . The lions' skulls have been displayed with labels informing visitors which skull belonged ...

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Sculptor Tom Rice Retrospective on view at Customs House Museum - Clarksville Now

Illinois in museum news - Wed, 2017-11-22 14:09

Clarksville Now

Sculptor Tom Rice Retrospective on view at Customs House Museum
Clarksville Now
(CLARKSVILLENOW) Endurance in Form: A Retrospective, Tom Rice's exhibition at the Customs House Museum, is a visual history of his growth as a Tennessee artist. ... Born in Olympia, Washington, Tom Rice grew up in Tennessee and Illinois. ... in private ...

LBJ's Remarks after the Kennedy Assassination

National Archives "Today's Document" - Tue, 2017-11-21 23:27

President Johnson’s Remarks Upon Arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, 11/22/1963  (detail)
On November 22, 1963, during a planned two-day, five-city tour of Texas, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade through Dallas, Texas. This statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson was written aboard Air Force One during the flight back to the nation’s capital, just hours after the assassination, and after the the oath of office was administered to Johnson. The President delivered the statement upon landing at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, DC.
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Audio Recording of President Johnson’s Remarks

Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum's 'Holidays at the White House' opens - Alton Telegraph

Illinois in museum news - Tue, 2017-11-21 15:24

Alton Telegraph

Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum's 'Holidays at the White House' opens
Alton Telegraph
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln material, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to other aspects of Illinois history. Meanwhile, the museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects and innovative story ...

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Vogue's Hamish Bowles Visits a Favorite Collection of Indian Jewels at the Doge's Palace in Venice - Vogue.com

Illinois in museum news - Tue, 2017-11-21 13:44

Vogue's Hamish Bowles Visits a Favorite Collection of Indian Jewels at the Doge's Palace in Venice
Vogue.com
I had seen a bijou version of this exhibition, elegantly curated by Amin Jaffer and Gian Carlo Calza, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2015 and then again, much amplified, in the vast gallery of the Grand Palais in Paris earlier this year. But this ...

Letter from Leon Trotsky

National Archives "Today's Document" - Tue, 2017-11-21 00:04

Letter from Leon Trotsky, Commissar of Foreign Affairs of the newly formed Soviet government, to U.S. Ambassador David Francis, received at the Embassy on November 21, 1917. (detail)
Two weeks after the November Revolution, the U.S. Embassy received this letter, the first formal notification of the establishment of a new Soviet regime. On December 1, U.S. Ambassador Francis was instructed to make no reply to this or any other Soviet communication. Viewing the Soviet power as illegitimate, as established by force and not representative of the Russian people, the United States offered no formal recognition of the Soviet Union until 1933.
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Crosses can be seen until Dec. 17; no permanent display planned - News3LV

Illinois in museum news - Mon, 2017-11-20 17:26

Crosses can be seen until Dec. 17; no permanent display planned
News3LV
"All of this is being processed and catalogued into the museum's collection, which has about 1 million artifacts," said Erik Poppa, Clark County spokesman via an email. "The crosses are being preserved for the future and no permanent exhibit is planned.

THANKSGIVING CLOSINGS (copy) (copy) - Quad City Times

Illinois in museum news - Mon, 2017-11-20 15:51

THANKSGIVING CLOSINGS (copy) (copy)
Quad City Times
BETTENDORF: City offices, Herbert D. Goettsch Community Center offices, will be closed Thursday, and Friday, garbage, bulky waste, recycling and yard waste collection schedule for the Thanksgiving holiday is as follows: No collection on Thursday ...

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Thanksgiving closings - Quad City Times

Illinois in museum news - Mon, 2017-11-20 13:03

Quad City Times

Thanksgiving closings
Quad City Times
BETTENDORF: City offices, Herbert D. Goettsch Community Center offices, will be closed Thursday, and Friday, garbage, bulky waste, recycling and yard waste collection schedule for the Thanksgiving holiday is as follows: No collection on Thursday ...

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Hawaiian Girls in a Pineapple Cannery

National Archives "Today's Document" - Sun, 2017-11-19 23:49

"...Native girls packing pineapple into cans..." November 20, 1928 (detail)
From the Records of the Women’s Bureau, this photo of native Hawaiian girls in a pineapple cannery was taken November 20 1928. The Women’s Bureau was established in the Department of Labor by an act of June 5, 1920. The Bureau developed policies and programs to benefit working women economically and improve working conditions.

This photo was part of The Way We Worked, a photo exhibition focusing on the history of work in America.
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Museum patrons praise Lincoln on the anniversary of famous Gettysburg Address - Alton Telegraph

Illinois in museum news - Sun, 2017-11-19 18:49

Museum patrons praise Lincoln on the anniversary of famous Gettysburg Address
Alton Telegraph
... the State of Illinois and periodically displaed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The original copy of Everett's oration was purchased at the same time and is held with the Gettysburg Address in the Library and Museum's ...

Gettysburg Address

National Archives "Today's Document" - Sat, 2017-11-18 23:26

Gettysburg Address (detail)
Perhaps the most famous battle of the Civil War took place at Gettysburg, PA, July 1 to July 3, 1863. At the end of the battle, the Union’s Army of the Potomac had successfully repelled the second invasion of the North by the Confederacy’s Army of Northern Virginia. Several months later, on November 19, 1863, President Lincoln went to Gettysburg to speak at the dedication of the cemetery for the Union war dead. Speaking of a "new birth of freedom," he delivered one of the most memorable speeches in U.S. history.
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The Tiny, Murderous World Of Frances Glessner Lee - NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Illinois in museum news - Sat, 2017-11-18 17:28

NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

The Tiny, Murderous World Of Frances Glessner Lee
NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS
But a new show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. explores another approach — it's called Murder Is Her Hobby, and it showcases the work of one woman who was both a master craftswoman, and a pioneer in ...

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British General Montgomery in North Africa

National Archives "Today's Document" - Sat, 2017-11-18 00:05

"General Bernard L. Montgomery watches his tanks move up. North Africa, November 1942." (detail)
November of 1942 marked both the landing of American forces in North Africa, and the victory of British over Axis forces at the Second Battle of El Alamein. Shown here is General Bernard Montgomery, commander of the British Commonwealth’s Eighth Army.

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Each week, the Scroll highlights upcoming exhibits, performances, and cultural events around the country. - Tablet Magazine

Illinois in museum news - Fri, 2017-11-17 13:09

Each week, the Scroll highlights upcoming exhibits, performances, and cultural events around the country.
Tablet Magazine
The Breman Museum is hosting The Legacy of the Hebrew Orphans' Home: Educating the Jewish South Since 1876 before it moves to its permanent home at the Jewish Education Loan Fund, previously the Hebrew Orphan's Asylum. This exhibit celebrates ...

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