Down to the sea in ships

Every so often we get a phone call, email, visit, from somebody looking for information about a specific ship that might have sailed in Alaska waters. While we may or may not have archival materials related to that ship, my …

When state fairs go international

In 1862, the British Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures, and Trades sponsored an international exposition in London. Exhibitors brought wares from 36 countries, and a publishing house chose 300 of the items in the exhibit to publish via tinted lithographs.…

April is the something month

T.S. Eliot might have called it the cruellest, but that doesn’t seem to have stopped a lot of people from using April to celebrate a lot of things. Jazz. Gardens.

And poetry, mathematics, and food, too. To celebrate April, the …