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Want to Make Historic Recipes?

Want to make historic recipes?  Or how about reading handwriting, converting measurements, recreating historic cooking implements, food photography, or writing and blogging? 300+ years of handwritten cookbooks with thousands of recipes from Chef Louis Szathmary’s culinary collection from Special Collections & University Archives are now online in DIY History, the newest transcription project from theContinue reading “Want to Make Historic Recipes?”

Book Tasting Event Results

Last weekend at the Iowa City Book Festival, Special Collections & University Archives hosted a Book Tasting event in the Old Capitol.  As a closed stack library usually researchers and readers already have an item in mind when they come to see us.  “Search” will turn up very different results from “browse” as a strategy andContinue reading “Book Tasting Event Results”

Sample a Rare Vintage at our Book Tasting Event

Sample a selection of vintage illustrated books exploring the natural world pulled from the stacks of Special Collections & University Archives at our Book Tasting event at the Iowa City Book Festival. Browse 19th century  botany, gardening, children’s textbooks, animals, herbals and more! “Sample” a book, add some tags to help future browsers identify its “flavor”Continue reading “Sample a Rare Vintage at our Book Tasting Event”

New items in our “pop-up” display case

Two events with deep ties to history take place over the next week, and you can stop in to the Special Collections & University Archives reading room now to see a piece related to each.  On Sunday, June 3, a celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee features a procession of over 1,000 boats onContinue reading “New items in our “pop-up” display case”

American Indian Powwow & Exhibit Share Native Living Traditions

Addendum to blog entry on August 7, 2012:     Are you looking for a cultural activity for this coming weekend? How about attending the Meskwaki Powwow in Tama, Iowa? Here is a little historical preview from our exhibition titled “American Indian Dancing: Ethnic Stereotypes, Community Resources, Living Traditions”:     The Powwow Then and NowContinue reading “American Indian Powwow & Exhibit Share Native Living Traditions”

The Zine Dream and the Riot Grrrl Scene March 30th 4-6PM

BECAUSE us girls crave records and books and fanzines that speak to US that WE feel included in and can understand in our own ways… BECAUSE we must take over the means of production in order to create our own meanings.                                                 from “Riot Grrrl Manifesto,” Bikini Kill #2   In conjunction with the MissionContinue reading “The Zine Dream and the Riot Grrrl Scene March 30th 4-6PM”