May 19, 2017

FRIDAY'S WITH FARLEY: Another Dose of Useless Tidbits

The Good Stuff...
WWI Museum 

As part of its centennial offerings the National World War I Museum and Memorial  in Kansas City has opened “Posters as Munitions, 1917,” spot-lighting the prolific use of posters as war-time propaganda. The exhibit includes examples from the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy, underscoring the cultural differences in each nation’s visual approach and ideological strat-egy. The exhibit runs through Feb. 18, 2018.

Museum Of The American  Revolution

Philadelphia’s long-anticipated Museum of the American Revolution opened on April 19, anniversary of the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord (aka “the shot heard round the world”). Two blocks from iconic Independence Hall, the 118,000-square-foot museum boasts immersive exhibits, re-created historical scenes and some 3,000 period artifacts, including weapons, personal objects, art and printed works. Themed galleries trace the chronology of the revolution and its aftermath, from “The Road to Independence” (1760–75) to “The Darkest Hour” (1776–78), “A Revolutionary War” (1778–83) and “A New Nation” (1783–present).

Among the jewels of the collection is a campaign tent used by George Washington at Valley Forge during the brutal winter of 1777–78. The centerpiece of a mixed-media exhibit, it stands pitched as it would have appeared in the field, albeit in a sealed glass chamber within a dedicated 100-seat theater. Structural engineers designed an umbrellalike aluminum and fabric structure to support the fragile artifact. The tent was likely made in Reading, Pa., in early 1778 and used as a mobile command center up through the decisive 1781 Siege of Yorktown.

The museum will place on rotating display some 500 items at a time from its collection. Highlights include Washington’s 13-star headquarters flag and silver camp cups; sculptor and Revolutionary War veteran William Rush’s 1817 bust of Washington, said by contemporaries to bear a striking resemblance to the commander; a King James Bible carried at the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill by American soldier Francis Merrifield, who inscribed it with thanks to God for sparing his life; and a creamware mug that still smells of the rum it once held.

‘’Tis done! We have become a nation’
—Pennsylvania delegate Benjamin Rush, on ratification
of the Constitution, 1788

• Digital Delights...

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• Benched...

• Displayed...
Diorama using commercially available pewter figures from Britains 

• The Parting Shot ...

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