Finding Aid Friday: Philadelphia Edition

This weekend I’m heading to Philadelphia to see the Bearded Ladies Cabaret school Kronenbourg 1664 drinkers, drag queen adorers, history aficionados, and free show lovers on the French Revolution and current events. Today’s Finding Aid Friday is honor of this lovely little town. First up, Eastern State Penitentiary! The prison-turned-museum (ESP, for short) not only hosts the Storming of the Bastille celebration, but it is … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Philadelphia Edition

On a Bridge to Ur, or Archives + Museums = WIN

Continuing to stretch the mileage I’ve gotten out of my 23 hours in Philadelphia last month, I’m extending the geek-out over the Penn Museum‘s “Iraq’s Ancient Past” gallery. I previously mentioned fangirling in the Penn Museum’s “Iraq’s Ancient Past” gallery. My time wasn’t just spent fawning over Agatha Christie — I was completely smitted by the curators’ decision to utilize the Museum’s archives in developing the exhibition. Most … Continue reading On a Bridge to Ur, or Archives + Museums = WIN

On Mrs. Mallowan in Mesopotamia, or Agatha Christie at the Penn Museum

My favorite author is Agatha Christie. I credit her novels for planting the seed of my archaeological interest. It took me forever to finish Death on the Nile and Murder in Mesopotamia when I was a kid because I’d stop at every monument reference to old school Google it (ie: check National Geographic). Archaeology was of great interest to the Dame; Murder in Mesopotamia was inspired by … Continue reading On Mrs. Mallowan in Mesopotamia, or Agatha Christie at the Penn Museum

On an Unpopular Opinion, or Break It So No One Buys It

The Islamic State tweeted video (not linked because I don’t approve of snuff films) of pieces from the Mosul Museum being shattered, smashed, destroyed.  My undergraduate education was capped off with research on an early Old Babylonian site that was looted and destroyed in the events surrounding the second Iraq War. I find this wanton destruction terribly heartbreaking. Heartbreaking for the people of Iraq who love their … Continue reading On an Unpopular Opinion, or Break It So No One Buys It