Friday Finds September 2016
Did you watch HBO’s Boardwalk Empire? If not, I recommend. The reason I bring it up is because of the character Richard Harrow is a World War I veteran who has lost a portion of his face and wears a sculpted mask to hide his disfigurement. When I watched the show, it was the first time I had seen anything like it and found it fascinating that there were sculptors who specialized in “portrait masks” during the post World War I era. A new book about the war highlights some of these sculptors, and I am fascinated by this female, Boston-based sculptor who took on the task. There’s a really interesting video towards the end of the page of her working on a soldier.
I’m very excited for the newest member of the Smithsonian museum family- the National Museum of African American History and Culture. There are lots of articles going around about the museum, its mission, and collections, but as always, I enjoy learning about the lesser known people of history who made an impact that we never hear about. Here’s one woman whose collection is a part of the museum and story is being told: Mae Reeves and her hats.
Barack Obama’s “exit interview” by the amazing historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Step parents are parents too. This made me teary because I take my role as Little Man’s Bonus Mom very seriously.