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Unarticulated History

Let’s face it. Even in this age of individuals digitally capturing and sharing the minutiae of daily life, we simply can’t capture and hold all of history in order to replay it later. Even a video camera only records what’s within range of its lens. If you are facing the lens, it’s not picking up your back. Sure, you could put multiple video cameras in a room in hopes of recording everything happening in that…

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A Post About Wristwatches

I read a fascinating article from GQ on a gang of smash-and-grab wristwatch thieves. It’s called The Time Bandits of Southern California and in it writer Amy Wallace details how law enforcement cracked the case of a series of wristwatch burglaries at high-end retailers in California. The thieves targeted expensive wristwatches so they had a greater chance of a high monetary return on the risks they were taking. The article lists a number of brands…

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Bog Coat / Bog Bodies

Bog Coat The Textile Center of Minnesota recently offered a class on how to construct a bog coat. As a fiber artist, I’m curious about elemental forms of clothing construction, particularly jackets and pants made from basic shapes with very little cutting or sewing involved. When I saw the class offering, the bog coat piqued my interest and I looked it up online. I found several websites sharing the bog coat pattern. Using one piece…

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Slave Clock? Not So Much

This post went live at 8:33 a.m. Central Standard Time on November 5, 2018. Let’s step back in time a moment, shall we? Daylight Saving Time I’m writing this on the evening of November 3rd, on the eve of the end of Daylight Saving Time for 2018. For those of us in the United States who follow Daylight Saving Time, it officially ends at 2 a.m. on November 4th, but who wants to wait up…

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History, Succession Planning and Wayfinding Notes

I began my job at a county historical society in Minnesota over 20 years ago. I seem to be saying that a lot lately, but I’ve reached a point where I’ve served enough time that I can look back and pick up on themes within my work. Path to Museum Succession Planning A big theme has been succession planning, only I didn’t know I was doing this from the beginning. When I started, I was…

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