Darren Milligan's collections
<p>"Sometimes I feel that I can hardly wait till the time comes to escape from city life, to the free air of the everlasting hills." -Mary Vaux Walcott, Letters to Charles Walcott, Feb 19, 1912.</p> <p>This collection contains personal selections from the nearly <a href="https://learninglab.si.edu/search?st=Mary%20Vaux%20Walcott,%20born%20Philadelphia,%20PA%201860-died%20St.%20Andrews,%20New%20Brunswick,%20Canada%201940">800 botanical illustrations by Mary Walcott</a> held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, but <a href="https://learninglab.si.edu/openaccess">available in the public domain to use by anyone, using CC0</a>. </p> <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Vaux_Walcott" target="_blank">From Wikipedia (March 5, 2019)</a>: Mary Morris Vaux[a] was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a wealthy Quaker family. After graduating from the Friends Select School in Philadelphia in 1879, she took an interest in watercolor painting. When she was not working on the family farm, she began painting illustrations of wildflowers that she saw on family trips to the Rocky Mountains of Canada. During the family summer trips, she and her brothers studied mineralogy and recorded the flow of glaciers in drawings and photographs. The trips to the Canadian Rockies sparked her interest in geology.</p> <p>In 1880, at the age of nineteen, Vaux took on the responsibility of caring for her father and two younger brothers when her mother died. After 1887, she and her brothers went back to western Canada almost every summer. During this time she became an active mountain climber, outdoors woman, and photographer. Asked one summer to paint a rare blooming arnica by a botanist, she was encouraged to concentrate on botanical illustration. She spent many years exploring the rugged terrain of the Canadian Rockies to find important flowering species to paint. On these trips, Vaux became the first women to accomplish the over 10,000 feet ascent of Mount Stephen. In 1887, on her first transcontinental trip via rail, she wrote an engaging travel journal of the family's four-month trek through the American West and the Canadian Rockies.</p> <p>Over her father's fierce objections, Mary Vaux married the paleontologist Charles Doolittle Walcott, who was the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, in 1914, when she was 54. She played an active part in her husband's projects, returning to the Rockies with him several times and continuing to paint wildflowers. In 1925, the Smithsonian published some 400 of her illustrations, accompanied by brief descriptions, in a five-volume work entitled North American Wild Flowers. In Washington, Mary became a close friend of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover and raised money to erect the Florida Avenue Meeting House, so that the first Quaker President and his wife would have a proper place to worship. From 1927 to 1932, Mary Vaux Walcott served on the federal Board of Indian Commissioners and, driven by her chauffeur, traveled extensively throughout the American West, diligently visiting reservations.</p> <p>When she was 75, she made her first trip abroad to Japan to visit lifelong friend and fellow Philadelphia Quaker, Mary Elkington Nitobe, who had married Japanese diplomat Inazo Nitobe.</p> <p>She was elected president of the Society of Woman Geographers in 1933. In 1935, the Smithsonian published Illustrations of North American Pitcher-Plants, which included 15 paintings by Walcott. Following the death of her husband in 1927, Walcott established the Charles Doolittle Walcott Medal in his honor. It is awarded for scientific work on pre-Cambrian and Cambrian life and history. Walcott died in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.</p> <p>#fivewomenartists #5womenartists #BecauseOfHerStory</p> <p></p>
The topic of K-12 school integration is a complex one that goes far beyond an understanding of that landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS. How have efforts at integration been sustained in the 60+ years since that case was first decided? How have concerns about socioeconomic differences been addressed (or not addressed) through school districting? How do district and national policies impact individual students for better or worse? This is a topical collection that addresses the history of school integration but also includes references to and resources reflecting the issue today.<br /><br /> Tags: segregation, Little Rock Nine, desegregation, charter schools, Arkansas, busing, Boston, racism, prejudice, civil rights
<p>Images of teachers, students, classrooms, classroom furniture, desks, lunchboxes, and learning</p>
<p>You could be exceptionally well-dressed if the Smithsonian were your closet.</p>
<p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saul_Steinberg" target="_blank">Saul Steinberg</a> created these drawings in the 1960s. A complete story of his time in residence at the Smithsonian is <a href="http://siarchives.si.edu/blog/%E2%80%9Cenigmatic%E2%80%9D-first-artist-residence-smithsonian" target="_blank">available from Smithsonian Archives</a>.</p>
A collection of some of my favorite monkeys from the Smithsonian collections, built just in time for the 2016 Chinese or Lunar New Year.