Photo: Mark Twain. Credit: Library of Congress.
Kim Palchikoff has a fascinating op-ed piece in the New York Times about some family icons that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.
Could there be a more startling contrast? The new history and the old confront each other not in the form of academic debate or historiographical argument, but in the form of experience: one history is here, another there. And visitors — whose number has doubled to about 200,000 a year since the new center opened last fall — can’t miss the juxtaposition. On the one hand, there is a 20-acre complex of historical buildings and gardens, which opened in 1959 as Tryon Palace: an ambitious development project inspired by John D. Rockefeller’s re-creation of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. A highway had to be rerouted, a bridge rebuilt, property acquired and buildings moved so that these places could re-establish New Bern’s claim to historical importance.
Robert B. Townsend of the American Historical Assn. writes about changes in institutional review boards intruding on historical research such as oral histories. “Any historian who uses oral history methods, or supervises students who conduct interviews, should speak out and demand change,” Townsend writes.
James Cuno finishes his first week as chief executive officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust. Jori Finkel in the Los Angeles Times.
The Drug Enforcement Administration Museum in Arlington, Va., examines 150 years of American drug abuse. Jessica Goldstein in the Washington Post.
A nuclear bunker built for Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito and other leaders has been turned into an art museum. Ginanne Brownell in the New York Times.
The ancient ruins in Bandelier National Monument, N.M., should not be harmed by flooding expected to follow the Las Conchas fire. The visitor center, built on a flood plain but reinforced with sandbags, may not be so fortunate. April Reese of Greenwire in the New York Times.
Maya Zack’s “Living Room” uses large 3-D prints to re-create the way Yair Noam, 88, of Tel Aviv, remembers his parents’ Berlin apartment. Rachel Wolff in the New York Times.