Virtual Pandemic Exhibits
Many museums are hosting virtual exhibits that explore pandemics of the past as well as the one we are living through.
Visit the Tenement Museum in New York City: "Founded in 1988 by historian Ruth Abram and social activist Anita Jacobsen, the Tenement Museum explores the uniquely American story of immigration and the rich, diverse landscape it continues to create. The Museum took root when Abram and Jacobsen discovered 97 Orchard Street — a dilapidated tenement building that had been shuttered for more than 50 years." Click here to view the Tenement Museum's Living in a Pandemic exhibit.
In 2011–12, the David J. Sencer Center for Disease Control & Prevention Museum, in partnership with Georgia-Pacific Professional, a manufacturer of tissues and paper towels, asked artists to visually convey the importance of handwashing. Available online, the exhibit includes six pieces, along with explanations of the works, videos featuring the artists, and an essay from curator Louise E. Shaw. Just click here to view the exhibit.
Share your own experiences of living through the COVID pandemic with the Region of Waterloo Museum.
You're wearing what? Fashion plays a big role in how we are looked at and how we feel. Google Arts and Culture has an amazing number of articles on the history of fashion, designers, fabrications and trends. Here are a few quick history of fashion trends you might enjoy:
- History behind the trend of ripped jeans
- How the hoodie has become so trendy
- Katharine Hamnett: the designer who made a big statement with T-shirts
Did you know that in Cambridge there is a Fashion History Museum? While currently closed (due to Covid-19) they have a great collection of virtual exhibits to explore.
Click here and "travel" to Munich and celebrate Oktoberfest. Prost! '
What's Oktoberfest without a beer? Explore "The art of making beer, over 500 years of the German Purity Laws" on Google Arts and Culture.
WPL has 2 events this month all about beer - Oct 14 is Beer Tasting with Rural Roots Brewery and Oct 22 is Books and Beer with Short Finger Brewery. Learn more in the October edition of In The Loop, WPL's program and events guide.
The Mona Lisa
If you are a tennis fan it has been an unusual year (as is everything in 2020!). No Wimbledon, a US Open with no audience and the French Open in October rather than May.
Take a quick visit through the Wimbledon Museum.
See how the clay courts are maintained at the famous Roland Garros Stadium.
Trip #1: Let's Go To Morocco
The Kingdom of Morocco is located in the western part of North Africa. It is known for its diversity, epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts – and warm hospitality. Click here to enjoy a wonderful 360 tour of Morocco's heritage sites.
When in Morocco, one must have traditional mint tea. Why not try to make it yourself using this traditional method and recipe.
Trip #2 : War of the Worlds
It was October 30, 1938 when Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre on the Air performed a radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds.
They converted the then 40-year-old novel into fake news bulletins describing a Martian invasion of New Jersey. Some listeners mistook those bulletins for the real thing, and their anxious phone calls to police, newspaper offices, and radio stations convinced many journalists that the show had caused nationwide hysteria.
Click here to listen to the original broadcast.
Trip #3 : Pumpkins Everywhere!
It is that time of year, and while there may not be halloween parties to attend, there is no reason to not celebrate the pumpkin!
Day of the Dead
In 2015 the British Museum celebrated the Days of the Dead in a four-day festival full of colour, music, storytelling and art. This beautiful documentary introduces the history and evolution of the Mexican Day of the Dead, from its pagan beginnings to the multi-faceted ceremony it is today.
Celebrate at home with this delicious traditional sweet bread.
Laurier School of Music
The well loved series Music at Noon returns this year in an online format. Instructors and professors from the Faculty of Music will perform at the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall. These performances will be shown on the Faculty's Youtube channel. New videos are released each Thursday at 12 noon. Click here for the first of the new series from Sept 17, 2020.
The Baseball World Series has wrapped up and what a series it was. Celebrate baseball past and present with a visit to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Can you locate this terrific quote from 1955 broadcaster Ernie Harwell: "Baseball is a ballet without music"?
If you are looking for more baseball history, check out Google Arts and Culture photo stories.
This year Remembrance Day will be quieter, no parades and smaller services, but we will all still remember the meaning of the day and the sacrifices given for our country.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them.
Let's begin with a virtual visit to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, located on one square kilometer of land that France deeded to Canada in 1922.
Seventy five years after the end of the Second World War, the Faces of Freedom program shares stories and memories from those who served during this war. Click here to explore those stories.
“The Torch; be yours!” is your chance to physically embrace remembrance and show you care! To honour our veterans despite life’s challenges. Click here to access the Canadian Remembrance Torch.
The National Ballet of Canada has begun its virtual season with Expansive Dances, three beautiful solo performances created in isolation.
Throughout the pandemic the National Ballet has shared glimpses into their dancers lives as well as lessons, cooking segments and lots of fun. Click here to learn more about their dancers.
First posted on Instagram in April, this video is one of our favourite bits of dance fun (be sure to turn on the sound).
Are you missing the jigsaw puzzles at the Library? If you just want to have some fun, or to challenge yourself with a new puzzle, check out this Experiment on Google Arts and Culture, famous art works both classic and modern are now puzzles for you to solve, on your own or with a friend.
Diwali is the Indian Festival of Lights, celebrated over five days, this year it begins on November 12. Learn more about Diwali, the lights, the food and the celebration with this short National Geographic video.
Now, explore several Hindu temples with the Asian Art Museum and then try your hand at making these delicious Indian treats: Gulab Jamun
The Canadian Arctic
Explore the Canadian Arctic with Google Street View. Christopher Kalluk spent four full days walking around Iquluit wearing the Google tracker to give us all an amazing look at the Arctic.
This Google street view gallery lets us further explore the vast openness of the Arctic, its Legislative Assembly, churches, historic buildings, shops and even a dog sled run! Click here to start exploring.
Historic Steel Bridges of Waterloo Region
This week, lets explore a little closer to home. You can take yourself on a road trip and explore these bridges, or just check them out on this map. If using a mobile device, it is best to not expand the map (the open square in the top right). This map works best on a desktop/ laptop.
Be sure to explore the Historic Bridges website mentioned, it has lots of interesting information and pictures of historic bridges from around the world.