Round the Blogosphere 3-22-2011

Hard as it is to believe, it’s been 5 weeks since our last look around at what’s going on in the blogosphere, so let’s get to it, shall we?

As I left the model at the end of a long, hot day, it began to rain. In seconds, the river filled with water, small bits of leaves and dirt washing down toward Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The water pooled in places, spinning into eddies when the tributaries reached the main channel. I lifted the gate at what might have been St. Louis, sending a wash of muddy water toward Memphis. I could see the water rising as it moved south, small sticks and gum wrappers kicked up over the edges as the river began twisting toward Louisiana. The straits of Baton Rouge sent the water rushing out with such force that it seemed to leap out of its container and over the concrete banks and into the poison-ivy wilderness.

  • We’ve used Sanborn maps a few times here on MissPres to illustrate a building’s footprint or its location, but over on BibliOdyssey, they’re more interested in typography of the title pages, wonderfully hand-drawn letters that as the author points out seem to be created afresh for each town. Check out the beautiful examples, and note especially how incredibly modern some of them are, even though they date to the first decade or so of the 20th century.
  • It’s that time of year for endangered lists, and Preservation Chicago released its list a couple of weeks ago. Looks like churches, synagogues, and hospitals account for most of the properties, which sounds familiar.
  • The Atlantic’s Chris Good believes that NPR can wean itself off of federal funding by using the same model as the National Trust for Historic Preservation used back in the 1990s. I’m not sure I buy this reasoning, since the NTHP, as recall, began as a private organization, had an established advocacy mission and had not originally received federal funding (such funding ran from 1965-1995). Anyway, it’s an interesting perspective and use of historic preservation in a different context.
  • When I first saw the title of Urbanophile’s “The Rupture” I thought it said “The Rapture” and I was impressed by the biblical theme. Even more so when I read the intro, which is a passage from the book of Numbers. Actually, it’s about the generation gap between Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers and Millenials about cities, not about the rapture. But still worth a read.
  • Given our recent discussions of politicians and their interactions with landmark buildings, I thought the Wall Street Journal’s opinion “Enough with the ‘Monuments to Me‘” would be interesting to some of you.

And highlights from the Mississippi blogs we follow:

Suzassissippi’s Yalobusha County Chronicles

MDAH’s Sense of Place has been celebrating Dunbar Rowland’s career as first and longtime director of MDAH

  • Origins of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • Dunbar Rowland becomes director
  • We even learn about the office romance of Dunbar and his assistant Eron Moore Gregory, who became his wife and (something new to me) briefly acting director of MDAH at his death in 1937. A scholar in her own right, Eron compiled the very helpful and unfortunately out-of-print The Story of Jackson, which MDAH director William McCain finished after her death in 1951. Several architects were profiled in that book, and those biographies, along with the nice photos, have been invaluable to me.

Urban Decay continued the rural store theme by introducing us to the Betigheimer Store in the little town of Utica, south of Raymond, a store he captured in the 1980s and 1990s before it burned down around 2000. He also updated us on the ongoing decline and demolition at the Benton School in Yazoo County, which was in our Abandoned Mississippi series here on MissPres a while back.

WESTerday gave us a short history of one of Jackson’s most important Civil Rights landmarks, the M.W. Stringer Grand Lodge on Lynch Street, which I believe was designed by N.W. Overstreet & Associates.

And in other news . . .

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. My LEGO model is pretty cool, but it’s just not the same as the real thing.

A New Orleans Lustron House is on the auction block, with bidding to start at $1000 on April 2. This Lustron is a match to the one I photographed here in Jackson on McDowell Road.

And Lakeport Plantation is hosting some workshops this summer that might interest y’all. I’ve placed them on the calendar too. I know it’s in Arkansas, but it’s just across the river, and their Delta looks an awful lot like ourn.

June 14, 2011: Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, “World War II in the Delta.” This workshop will focus on the POW camps that were located in the Arkansas Delta, as well as the impact the war had on agricultural production in the state. http://stfm.astate.edu/

June 22, 2011: Lakeport Plantation, “The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Arkansas.” Lakeport is one of 23 official stamping sites for the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Passport Program. This workshop will focus on Lakeport’s and the surrounding area’s connection to the Civil War. http://lakeport.astate.edu/

June 28, 2011: Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, “‘Roll the Union On’: The Music That Inspired a Movement.” This workshop will focus on the protest songs written by John Handcox and how music was used to mobilize a labor movement of the mid-twentieth century.

For those who are interested in registering for a workshop(s), registration is available through the Arkansas Heritage Sites on either the home page or the education page (the registration tool is located in the left hand side link menu):  http://arkansasheritagesites.astate.edu/AHS/



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