If you heard the recent NPR's Codeswitch
segment on The Green Turtle
, the first Asian superhero
created in the United States, you heard descriptions of the 1940s comic. But there's more (so much more!) online. Start with the entire run of The Green Turtle
on the amazing Digital Comic Museum
, which hosts public domain Golden Age comics
(late 1930s until the late 1940s or early 1950s). If you want to know more about Chu F. Hing, the artist behind the original Green Turtle, here's an extensively researched biography
on the astounding Chinese American Eyes blog
, which covers "famous, forgotten, well-known, and obscure visual artists of Chinese descent in the United States." [more inside]
Railroad track today is laid by such monsters as the Plasser & Theurer SVM1000 Infranord
, and specialized work trains renew old track
(out with the old, in with the new in one pass) [more inside]
Who are the Nazi War Diggers?
Now four men – the War Diggers - are scouring Eastern Europe in a battered Soviet era jeep, armed with metal detectors, shovels and sheer grit. Their mission is to uncover these forgotten battlefields and the buried stories in them. This is a race against time to get the history from the ground before it’s lost forever.
Talent biographies are available here
Conflict Antiquities has a long list of unanswered "urgent ethical and legal questions".
The Anonymous Swiss Collector has a response from National Geographic
[opens as word document], but questions remain.
, anthropologists, and others have not been pleased: the #NaziWarDiggers hashtag
has more responses. [more inside]
Saudi Arabia's royal family are planning to demolish a library sitting on the remains of Prophet Muhammad's birth home to make way for the imam's residence and a presidential palace
. The Saudi royal family are adherents of Wahhabism
, a radical branch of Islam; by their beliefs, they have destroyed many Islamic heritage sites
as they consider the preservation of relics of Muhammad's life to be akin to idolatry.
The Google Cultural Institute
is the portal for an effort to digitally preserve and present vital historical information using the latest web technologies. Highlights include the World Wonders Project
, a geographical tour of UNESCO Heritage sites; Google Art Project (previously)
, curating 50,000 years of human cultural expression; the Palace of Versailles in 3D
and a digital archive of the Dead Sea Scrolls (previously)
Network Rail virtual archive
Original drawings and plans of Britain's railway infrastructure from Network Rail, including the Forth Bridge, Bristol Temple Meads station, the Tay Bridge and lots more.
Conceived at the Global Irish Economic Forum
in 2009 as a way to engage with the Irish diaspora,
the Irish government's Certificate of Irish Heritage
program opened to applicants this fall. The €40 (€100 framed) certificate is a document that officially recognizes one's Irish heritage, and is aimed at those with Irish ancestry who do not qualify for Irish citizenship. Though initial reports indicated some tourist discounts would be attached,
it confers no legal or financial benefits. [more inside]
Built by the Shona (1100-1500 AD), the empire of Great Zimbabwe, one of Africa’s greatest civilizations like Egypt and Meroe, stood between present-day Zimbabwe, eastern Botswana and south-east Mozambique. The empire’s highly developed architecture overwhelmed discoverers. And much in the same manner as German anthropologist Doctor Frobenius ignorantly mistook the Kingdom of Ife in Nigeria for the lost kingdom of Atlantis in 1911, some Europeans blatantly refused to believe that Great Zimbabwe was built by Africans. Dawson Munjeri, former director of Great Zimbabwe, a World Heritage site, discusses the history of the exceptional Zimbabwe empire. [more inside]
The Martello Tower
is the definitive
19th century small coastal fortification, built in large numbers
around the coast of the British Isles and elsewhere
between 1805 and the 1870s. Many have been lost to the sea
or demolished, but some
have been converted to private residences
(you can even stay in this one
). The most recent conversion of a Grade II listed
tower, by Billings Jackson Design
working with Piercy Connor Architects
, has produced this very interesting
modern home, set in a wetland
Objects Through Time
tells the story of immigration and the changing ethnic diversity of New South Wales, Australia through "movable heritage
" - that is, artifacts and objects with historical resonance. While almost ignoring 50,000 years of aboriginal occupation, the site does a nice job of both familiar topics through a fresh lens (e.g., Captain Cook's "secret instructions
"), but also takes pains to look at those lesser known topics which may be more accessible through material culture than through texts. [more inside]
Dr. Mayme Agnew Clayton
was a librarian and collector in Los Angeles who left behind a collection of remarkable value
. Over the course of more than 40 years, she had collected the largest privately held collection of African-American materials, with over 30,000 rare and out-of-print books, 1,700 films dating back to 1916
, as well as more than 75,000 photographs and scores of movie posters, playbills, programs, documents and manuscripts. Her collection, which has been compared to the Schomburg Collection in the New York City Public Library
, was opened to the public in 2007
. [more inside]
Top Events USA
lists their top 20 events across the USA, the top 10 events and festivals for each of the United States, and lists of the best annual events and festivals by category or theme. [more inside]
The ransack of Italy
is finally becoming big news. The Getty
had a reputation for buying
Italian antiquities of "uncertain provenance". It recently returned
, but has remained
in the market
; it also kept the Morgantina
. But, perhaps, not for much longer. Marion True, a
senior curator there, has just
been indicted by the Italian authorities
"on criminal charges
involving the acquisition of precious antiquities".
Framing the Economic Debate.
If you read Metafilter, you've no doubt seen
a few links criticizing Bush's handling of the economy. The unabashed partisans at the Heritage Foundation
have put together a document from which many of Bush's talking points about the economy (tonight, and throughout the campaign) are likely to come.
Forget British. Define English.
The perennial ex-pat and honorary Yank Christopher Hitchens
may not be the best Englishman to define it - though his embarrassingly reactionary brother Peter
is even less suited - but at least he has a go. For everyone else in the world, there are the Scottish, the Welsh, even the Northern Irish - all strong nationalities in their own right, each one older and more culturally solid than the slightly French, slightly German and slightly Dutch English. So why persist, in this post-imperialist day and age, in the myth of the Brit? If it is
a myth. Americans, whether from the U.S. or Canada, certainly continue to buy into it. Or is it, for the rest of the world, too dangerous for the English - with devolution raging - to find their own, muddied identity? Think of those football hooligans and their grotesque politics, St.George face-masks and flags. (Via Arts And Letters Daily.
Mexican World Heritage Cities
- a beautiful site (flash) developed by an association of the nine Mexican cities on the world heritage list. In English or Spanish. (via Vigna-Maru)
Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation.
A page full of stories of the Chinese community in Australia around 1900. 'At this time there were almost 35,000 Chinese in the Australian colonies. Each of these individuals to varying degrees has played a role in the development of Australia. This page explores the lives of some of these people - both ordinary and famous. '
Related :- the Ng Shing Gung
in San Jose; the Mai Wah Society
and the Asian heritage of Butte, Montana (old building
and the Tong Wars
); the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle
; a Chinese joss house
in Darwin; Chinatown Melbourne
(history, today, virtual tour); Chinatown Sydney
(community and culture); Yema-po
, once a Chinese labourers' work camp in California.
The World Heritage Tour
is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a documentary image bank with panoramic pictures for all of the UNESCO World Heritage sites [warning: frames]
. Examples include the tomb of Sety I
, discovered in 1817 and permanently closed to the public in 1991 and the baroque churches of the Phillipines
. [more inside]
Victorian Secrets of Washington, D.C.:
and thoughtful essays
documenting one man's fight to draw attention to D.C.'s neglected architectural heritage: "This site won't be much of a beauty pagent because we 'll concentrate on buildings that are vacant, abandoned, deteriorated, distressed, or just plain at risk because they are standing in the path of development . . . if even one Victorian finds an angel because of our page, we'll consider it a thousand percent return on investment."