Science Fiction, Science Future

This exciting exhibit engages visitors with exciting hands-on and full-body experiences incorporating robots, invisibility, mind control, holograms, and augmented reality. High impact graphic panels have been designed to explore science principles in everyday terms.

Brooklyn Bridge Opens In 1883

After 14 years and 27 deaths while being constructed, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is opened, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time in history. Thousands of residents of Brooklyn and Manhattan Island turned out to witness the dedication ceremony, which was presided over by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Designed by the late John A. Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge was the largest suspension bridge ever built to that date.

John Wesley Work III, the folklorist who recorded the Holloway High School Quartet.

Caught My Ear: The Holloway High School Quartet

For some time I have been intrigued by the beautiful voices of four young men, singers

in the Holloway High School Quartet, recorded by John W. Work III in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in 1941. To mark African American Heritage Month this year, I thought I would try to find out a little more about them. I have only managed to collect a few facts about their lives. But perhaps writing about them will help call more attention to Zema Richardson, Warren G. Johnson, Anthony Winrow, and Richard Gregory. If you know more that you can share, please reply in the comments.  But first, you should have an opportunity to listen to the three songs found in the American Folklife Center archive.

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day: February 14, 2019

“On February 14, Americans celebrate love and friendship by exchanging cards, flowers, and candy. Although the origins of Valentine’s Day are murky, ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the fifteenth of February. Like so many holidays, a Christian gloss was added to the pagan fete when the holiday moved to the fourteenth of February—the saint day associated with several early Christian martyrs named Valentine. “The romance we associate with Valentine’s Day may spring from the medieval belief that birds select their mates on February 14. During the Middle Ages, lovers recited verse or prose to one another in honor of the day.