Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Museums of Colorado Springs

The Museums of Colorado Springs
Step back in time and explore the Wild West, enjoy the arts, culture and heritage of Colorado Springs and the many technological innovations in mining, agriculture and industry by visiting the museums of the Pikes Peak Region.
The Fine Arts Center, established in 1936, is home to world-class art galleries, Broadway-worthy live theatre, and an art school for all ages. Experience the art of gourmet at Taste with amazing patio views of Pikes Peak and browse the local art.
The Pioneers Museum is located downtown in the beautifully restored 1903 El Paso County Courthouse. The museum preserves the history and culture of the Pikes Peak region, and features permanent exhibits on the history of the area and changing exhibits on topics of broad interest. Also, a nationally significant collections of quilts, art pottery and the finest regional landscape art collection in Colorado. Other collections relate to Native American influences in the region, the founding of the City, the area's mining and agricultural history, its early prominence as a health resort, and its more recent significance as a center for military training and operations.
The Cripple Creek Visitors Center a 11,600 square foot facility with hands-on exhibits improved by audio and video techniques. Immerse yourself in the old days of the World's Best Gold camp.
The Ghost Town Museum As a true preservation of Colorado’s western past, the Ghost Town Museum is a fun and historic look back at an old west town during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Lots of hands-on activities for all ages.
The Manitou Springs Heritage Center the Incline Exhibit relates the story of how the installation of a pipeline for a hydro-electric plant became a famous tourist amusement for 81 years and then was reincarnated into an even more famous location for people seeking an extreme physical challenge. 
The Western Museum of Mining and Industry preserves and interprets the rich mining history of Colorado and the American West. A collection of over 4,000 artifacts is on display at the 27-acre indoor/outdoor exhibit site, including: a ten-stamp ore mill, a multi-purpose center with exhibits, a theater and a 5,000-volume research library. An exciting and exceptional tool for learning about Colorado history, mining and industrial technology, geology, and the environment.
Rock Ledge Ranch The history of the West comes to life at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. You are invited to explore lifestyles and homes of the Pikes Peak Region's early inhabitants. Knowledgeable interpreters will assist you on your journey through one of America’s premier historic sites.
The Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum for nearly two decades, the museum has been actively involved in the Colorado community and the preservation of classic and antique motorcycles and their history from around the world with a focus not only on the mechanical works of art we call motorcycles, but also on the people that have been such a huge part of the history. The names and faces of the pioneers of motorcycling and their contributions are captured in photographs and biographies throughout the museum. The display of this memorabilia ensures that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the history of early American two-wheeled ingenuity and preserve its legacy.
The Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation Colorado Springs’ first streetcar service was powered by horses. Initiated in 1887, the Colorado Springs & Manitou Street Railway Company line ran from Colorado College to the Central Business District. By 1888, a second line to the west was completed from the Santa Fe depot to 8th Street, and by 1889, the line along Tejon was extended north to Fontanero. At its peak, a total of 10 horse-drawn trolley cars operated in the city. In 1890, the Colorado Springs Rapid Transit Railway began the process of replacing the horse car lines with electric power, a system that numbered 44 electric cars by 1900; at its peak, the system covered 41 miles. In 1931, buses began replacing streetcars. Streetcar service ended shortly thereafter.

The Peterson Air and Space Museum was contained in one small building—the original airport passenger terminal for the City of Colorado Springs and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That same year, Colorado designated those buildings as a state historic district. Today, the museum is located right in the center of that 8.3 acre historic district on Peterson Air Force Base. The original Passenger Terminal, City Hangar and Broad- moor Hangar all have exhibits inside and anchor the award winning airpark.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia

A Contemporary Art Museum in Philadelphia
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, founded in 1977, is recognized as an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum and is the only institution in the Unites States devoted to creating work in new materials and media in collaboration with artists at all stages of their careers, working with studio staff, educators, and apprentices.
The Collections document FWM’s unique history of artistic activity with contemporary artists. They also include important documentation and process materials relating to the creative development of projects by Artists-in-Residence. Collections fall into three categories:
Commissioned Works of Art created in the Artist-in-Residence Program large-scale installations and sculptures, drawings and paintings, hand screen-printed fabric garments and textiles;
Artist Boxes assembled at the completion of each artist's residence that include samples, prototypes, swatches, and other materials related to the creative process;
Photography and Video Archives documentation of the creative process of artist's residencies, artist and curator lectures, exhibitions, special fabrication techniques, and educational activities.  
The Artist-in-Residence Program a collaborative process, a permanent collection of some 6,000 works of art and an archive of diverse materials that preserves and documents the course of artistic production from inspiration to realization. FWM hosts emerging and established local and international contemporary artists who have a demonstrated commitment to innovation and exploration. Artists-in-residence are drawn from all disciplines, including painting, sculpture, architecture and design, conceptual and installation art, performance, and video. Working collaboratively with FWM's staff of printers and technicians, artists are introduced to new techniques, materials, and resources, and are thus able to realize projects that would not otherwise be possible. Through this collaborative creative process, artists stretch the boundaries not only of their own work, and of the creative possibility of the various media, but also of the larger development of contemporary art. 
Education & Apprenticeships Programs
High School one of the original programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, the High School Apprentice Training Program offers students the opportunity to learn all aspects of hand screen-printing on fabric. Students design and print their own fabric yardage and assist staff in the production of artist residency projects. Hand screen-printing is an art form as well as an industrial skill, and the program is designed to provide students with new tools for artistic expression and self-empowerment. The program was created to provide excellent art education for teenagers from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds; the objective is to complement school resources and improve art education for high school age students in the Philadelphia region.
College and Post-Graduate a holistic experience enabling artists to develop skills in silkscreen printing and working with fabric to enhance their studio practice.  Apprentices participate in the daily operations of the FWM studio and museum and learn how to create a design by hand on mylar, mix colors with fabric pigment, use screen printing techniques, register multiple screens, and print their own one-color and three-color repeat yardages. The program focuses on enabling artists to develop skills in screen printing and integrating fabric into their art making.
Family Programs designed to explore and learn about contemporary art in new and exciting ways. Using FWM's exhibitions and unique studio environment as a foundation for learning, this program features hands-on activities designed to spark interest, arouse curiosity, and encourage children and adults to learn about art and culture together. Workshops allow families time and space to share in the creative process and expression inside and outside the Museum walls.
Study Tours Workshops and Custom Programs lead participants through our current exhibitions and professional studios and are available to middle school, high school, college and adult groups. Custom programs include one or two-session collaborative design and print repeat yardage workshops or special presentations of past artist-in-residence projects.
Museum features include an ambitious exhibitions program, a museum shop filled with functional objects created by artists-in-residence, FWM publications, onsite screen-printing and studio workshops and a wide ranging educational program.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum is in the heart of a thriving community in Center City Philadelphia’s Convention Center District, home to cutting-edge art galleries and a historic art academy.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Baltimore Harbor Historic Ships

Located within easy walking distance of each other in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the US Sloop-of-War Constellation, the US Submarine Torsk, the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, and the Lightship Chesapeake exhibit life at sea from the mid-19th century to the mid 1980's.  Also included in the collection is the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse which marked the entrance to the Patapsco River and Baltimore Harbor for over 130 years.
Restoration One of the most essential functions of Historic Ships in Baltimore is the ongoing maintenance and restoration of our ships.  The Museum’s dedicated Maintenance & Restoration staff and volunteers work to ensure that these national treasures survive for future generations.  
Collections consist of approximately 50,000 objects, photographs and documents. These artifacts tell the stories not only of the ships and lighthouse, but of the thousands of brave sailor for whom these historic sites were a duty post, a home, and a way of life. New items, often donated by former crew members and their descendants, are rotated into exhibits so there are opportunities to see something new in future visits.
On Board Activities
Pier 1: USS Constellation Your first stop may be Pier 1 and an exploration of the Museum Gallery where USS Constellation's history is portrayed through artifacts and personal effects which belonged to the ship's crew. Once on board, uniformed crewmembers can answer questions and help to make your experience a memorable one.  There are four decks to explore: the top or spar deck is where all sailing operations took place; the next deck down is the gun deck where the ship's main battery of guns, the Captain's Cabin and the Galley are located.  Exploring further you will reach the berth deck where the majority of the crew lived and socialized, and going down one more ladder you will be in the ship's hold where food, water and gear for a crew of 325 was stowed.  
Pier 3: USS Torsk & Lightship 116 Chesapeake Living on board a lightship was no picnic.  Long boring days sitting on station and terrifying nights in storms made for a duty that took a very special person to fulfill.  While on board Chesapeake you can see the exhibit on sailor's Canine Companions. The US Submarine Torsk is a highlight of the Historic Ships collection.  Traversing the boat from stern to bow you will view the torpedo rooms, the navigation station, the operation station, the engine room, the crews mess and crew berthing areas - over eighty sailors lived aboard and the only way to pass someone was to turn sideways.
Pier 5: USCGC Taney & Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse Taney was decommissioned in Baltimore in 1986 and remains much as the Coast Guard left her.  The tour takes you around the deck to the bridge and below decks to the berthing areas, mess deck, the wardroom (officer's quarters) and back onto the fantail. The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse contains an extensive exhibit on the building of the light as well as information on lighthouses around the Chesapeake region.  Built in 1856, it is one of the oldest Chesapeake lighthouses still in existence.
Education Programs
The Historic Ships Overnight Programs provide an immersive hands-on historic experience with a twenty-first century applicability that encourages team-work, problem solving, and learning. 
walk in the footsteps of sailors and learn about life aboard ship
USCGC Taney an immersive, hands-on experience aboard a WWII veteran that saw action in the Atlantic and Pacific.   Activities encourage teamwork, communications skills, and quick thinking.  Overnighters learn first-hand about signaling at sea, steam engines and propulsion, shipboard damage control, and navigation.     
USS Torsk a hands-on experience aboard a WWII fleet submarine.   Overnighters learn about things that are absolutely unique to submarines including periscopes, torpedoes, buoyancy and how submarines manage to exist below the surface. 
USS Constellation walk in the footsteps of sailors and learn about life aboard a mid-19th century, U.S. Navy warship.  Participants become Landsmen, USS Constellation’s newest crew members.  Overnight recruits “learn the ropes” and quickly develop both a working nautical vocabulary and a familiarity with the basics of life aboard a man-of-war including Civil War-era dining, hands-on activities, and the navy hammock. 
Guided Tours
Ship as a Machine a walking tour with demonstrations and one hands-on activity (Bracing the Yards). This tour examines the purpose, design, and construction of sailing warships and focuses on those aspects of Constellation's build that make her uniquely suited for the role she played. Basic questions are answered such as: If the wind blows to the right, why does not the ship move to the right; what keeps the ship from turning over in the water; how are warships built differently than merchant ships.

Constellation Fights the Slave Trade her proudest service may have occurred during the three years immediately before the Civil War when, as flagship of the navy's African Squadron, she led this nation's fight against the trans-Atlantic trafficking of slaves. Tour and hands-on activities combine to bring into view Constellation's active career combating the slave trade and her exciting pursuit and capture of the slave ship Cora from which she rescued 705 captive Africans.

Day Programs

Historic Ships in Baltimore’s half-day programs provide an immersive hands-on historic experience with a twenty-first century applicability that encourages team-work, problem solving, and learning. Each program provides introductory ship tours, after which students focus on two of six particular areas of the ship and begin to develop a more specialized vocabulary and skill set.  At the end of their 2 ½-hour program, learning is reinforced in a written exercise and assessment.  Assessment results are forwarded to the teacher.  Each program provides a uniquely different approach toward reading, listening, development and reinforcement, involve hands-on activities and are fun, including a live-firing of one of the USS Constellation’s cannons.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

The AACA Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania

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Cruising through Time with Eighty Years of Vintage Vehicles
The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania opened its doors in June 2003, with over 100 cars, motorcycles plus memorabilia, collectibles, and special exhibits.
Preserving America’s Antique Automobiles
Vehicles of all types 25 years or older are welcome in the AACA.  In 1993, the AACA started a nonprofit organization to further preserve these antique automobiles and educate the public.

AACA One of Only Two US Automotive Museums Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution
American History unfolds as decade after decade of car models, memorabilia, and collectibles come to life.  Over eight decades of cars are displayed in themed settings such as the Golden Gate Bridge, an Art Deco hotel, a gas service station, a covered bridge, Battery Park in New York, and more. From the timeless beauty and classic elegance of Model T’s and Thunderbirds, to the rough and tumble of muscle cars and motorcycles, to the romance of rumble seats, visitors are transported through time in sections that represent the decades.  America’s love affair with the automobile is constant and ever growing. 
Late 1800s the Benton Harbor Motorcycle is a rare survivor from the pioneer period of American automobile development.  Restoration research revealed that this may be the first vehicle in America built from scratch as an automobile as opposed to construction on a modified horse-drawn carriage. 
A replica of the1896 Ford Quadricycle is on display on the Museum’s Lower Level; Ford’s first self-propelled vehicle received its name from its use of four standard bicycle wheels.   
Early 1900s The Alphabet Ford Collection Henry Ford changed the world when he introduced the model T in 1909.  This remarkable vehicle was standardized and mass-produced.  At one time, over half the cars on the road were Model T’s. Some of these Fords were produced in limited numbers and are quite rare. On display on the lower level of the Museum are: 1903 Model A, 1904 Model B, 1905 Model C, 1906 Model F, 1907 Model R, 1908 Model K, 1908 Model S, 1909 Model T.    
1920s during this decade automobile production levels reached a high that would not be seen again until the 1950’s.  Lower priced cars such as the Whippet, Model A, and Plymouth helped keep many manufacturers stay in business during the Depression.  At the AACA Museum visitors can see a 1928 Oldsmobile Model F28 Roadster, a Stearns Knight Five Passenger Sports Sedan, and a 1926 Packard Five Passenger Touring.  Other areas of the Museum feature a 1924 Graham Brothers 1 ½-ton truck and a 1929 Stearns-Knight J-8-90 Seven Passenger Sedan.
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1930s a decade that represents the highpoint of American automotive design with decorative bodies and flashy interiors.  Car design followed the Art Deco inspired architecture of the period.  Autos on display include the 1930 Dupont Model G Convertible, 1930 Cord L-29 Convertible, a 1936 Chrysler C-9 Airflow and a 1935 Brewster four door sedan.  In other areas of the Museum, visitors can see a 1930 Buick Special, Series 40, and a 1935 Autocar 1200 gallon Fuel Tanker.      
1940s a decade divided by pre-war, war production, and post war.  Vehicle production stopped in 1942 as manufacturers converted to support the war effort.  After the war, most manufacturers re-introduced their old models to the market that would by any new car available.  AACA displays a gas station with the interior open for viewing.  Also on display: a 1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible Coupe and a 1941 Packard Clipper Nineteenth Series.   
1950s America emerges from World War II economically strengthened and automobile production sets new records.  Power, size and luxury dictate the auto’s development for this decade.  While large cars mark the era, the domestic compact car begins with the Nash Rambler. The Drive-In was a popular place for people to congregate in their cars to watch movies on an outdoors big screen.  Part of the fun was the late night adventure.  AACA’s Drive-In scene has a variety of 50’s vehicles including a 1954 Corvette Convertible and a 1956 Chevrolet step-side pick-up truck.   
1960s Manufacturers focus on internal brand identity, building new types of vehicles: personal luxury, muscle cars, pony cars, and cars with special packaging.  Consumer demands and government regulations dictate changes in the industry.  On display: the 1969 AMC AMX muscle car, a 1965 Chevy Corvair Convertible, a 1968 Cadillac El Dorado and more.  
1970s a decade of reaction and change for the auto industry.  The muscle car was eliminated by the threat of rising insurance rates, government regulations, and oil shortages.  Imported cars become serious competition for Detroit. A variety of different vehicles are featured for this decade.
From Roads to Rails travel back in time as O-gauge trains chug through the idyllic Pennsylvania countryside and multiple scenes reminiscent of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.      
The Museum of Bus Transportation has partnered with the Antique Auto Club of America Museum to provide museum quality displays of the bus industry - intercity, transit, and school - for the public.  It also serves to showcase the industry’s growth and development in the United States and celebrate the role that the bus industry continues to play in mobility and progress of the American public. 
The Motorbus Industry Occupies a Vital Place in America’s Everyday Life
In rural areas and in the thousands of towns and cities across the nation buses provide personal transport, carrying more persons daily than all other public modes of transportation put together. Until recently there was no national showplace for this industry to show and tell its story. The building and evolution of this industry provides a fascinating story of invention, entrepreneurship and the effort of thousands of people risking their time and capital in the hope of creating a profitable business. 
The Flo Inn Café’ diners were a place where you could get the best breakfast for the best price and could be assured a full plate of whatever you ordered, straight from the kitchen, made to order.  Coffee was always available fresh from the pot, hot, and served with a smile.  The chef and waitresses were a part of the atmosphere and “regulars” were known by their first names.  Here is where you caught up with local news, learned of the latest gossip, and started the day with friendly camaraderie. The Flo Inn Café, owned and operated by Florence Fortnoy, is an actual diner that operated from 1948 to 1983 at 2305 East Central, Wichita, Kansas.  A small wall safe located just inside the door identifies this as a Valentine Diner, Aristocrat model, made in Kansas in 1940.  This model was designed to be easy to operate, sold fully equipped, and was moveable, if need be, to a new location if business dropped. Outside the diner is a parked car of the era, a 1941 Plymouth P12, Convertible Coupe.  
Special AACA Museum Features
The World’s Largest Collection of Tucker Automobiles the enthusiasm and creativity that propelled Preston Tucker and his vision for the Tucker automobile is something that has captured the hearts of many. The AACA Museum is home to the David Cammack Collection which includes three 1948 Tucker '48 vehicles, the factory Tucker test chassis, thousands of engineering drawings and blueprints, original Tucker parts, several engines and many other artifacts and displays.

Of the 51 original Tuckers produced, on 49 have survived and remain in existence.   Of these, 3 are on display at the AACA Museum including Tucker #1001 the very first production Tucker and the ONLY surviving Tucker with automatic transmission.
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