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Friday Finds (#5)!

I have had a very rough week in my personal life, so this will be short, sweet, and to the point!

1. Singing in a Bird Exhibit
We have an exhibit on birds right now, and it’s great. Unfortunately, it’s not great for kids under 5 without a LOT of adult supervision. We had 60 under-5’s visit today, and it was soon a mess. I led the kids in singing songs about birds, and we went on a “bird hunt”. It was fun, but I really, really need to reacquaint myself with my under-5’s materials.

I highly recommend keeping songs in your back pocket for circumstances like this one.

2. Keeping Magic Alive
Have you seen this video from the National Museum of American History? I love the way that they keep magic alive and have tie-ins to museum objects and careers! What a fabulous project!

My boyfriend and I went to the Botanical Garden (next to the Capitol Building) yesterday and found fairy houses in a hallway. They’re intricate and beautiful and subtly magical.

What have you found in your museum his week?


Museums, Webcomics, and Talking Cats

I started reading comics in middle school after a visit to the Newseum. I read and re-read them, and after a while I forgot that comics existed (my friends were obsessed with Manga, but my Western brain does not read right to left well). I sometimes used to with that more museums followed the Newseum’s example, as I am a very visual person, and I like little take-homes from exhibits (you should see my brochure collection).

My freshman year of college, I discovered The Dreamer which has to be my favorite webcomic. It takes place between the 18th and 21st centuries (I’m an 18th century nerd), and stars a high school student. It’s full of well researched history, and has amazing art. The history is not presented like museum panels of text (some history Webcomics do that) and it doesn’t assume that you know who this guy was and why he was important (it even has some great important women). You discover the information along with Bea, the main character who has time travel dreams (only the best kinds of dreams). As a history nerd that has been to Mount Vernon and Colonial Williamsburg so many times that she doesn’t need a map anymore, I highly recommend this comic. Also, Lora Innes, the creator, was asked to make wall panel comics for a Nathan Hale museum, so this comic should become a big deal in the museum world (at least I want it to). Its first act is ending, so now is a good time to catch up! It updates Wednesdays and Fridays, and be sure to take a peek at Lora’s other project, the Paper Wings Podcast as well.

Lackadaisy Cats is another great history webcomic that is super entertaining. Sure, the main characters are drawn as cats, but sometimes not seeing the visual humanity of characters makes them more human. The history scholarship, like The Dreamer, is strong, and the artwork is also stunning. Lackadaisy doesn’t update regularly, but that is OK, because when it does update, the pages are beautiful and every panel tells a story. I didn’t like post-American Revolution history until I read this comic, so I’m really glad that I read it.

Dovecote Crest is set at an obscure Civil War battlefield. I’ve volunteered at one (thanks to Dovecote), so it’s perfect. It’s a great read that is pretty much over. Make sure you read it, though.

I am also big fan of That Deaf Guy for a very different reason. It is a webcomic about a deaf man, his hearing wife, and their adorable son. Cedric, the kid, is hilarious. The comic has also opened my eyes to accessibility perspectives that I hadn’t thought of before. I recommend it for the read and for those of us unexposed to Deaf culture to learn more while having fun.

One last webcomic: Dreamless. I can’t find a link, but it is over and visually stunning. Find it and read it. EDIT: I found the link!

Got a favorite webcomic? Share in the comments!

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