Educational Wish List
Part of a Series: Diamonds in the Rough
Through a grant-funded project awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Autry National Center sets out to process approximately 2,000 linear feet of archival material over two years, ending in 2012. Every third week of the month, the Autry Libraries blog will feature collection gems being brought to light by NHRPC Project Archivist Holly Rose Larson.
People often muse about which celebrity they would have liked to have met or what time in history they would have liked to experience. I have a new question: what class would you have liked to take? Which courses and teachers are on your wish list? Here are a few that really grabbed my attention as I processed the papers of Fordyce Grinnell, Jr., entomologist and Southwest Museum assistant curator from 1916 to 1917.
Opal Stanley Whiteley was a mysterious literary figure of the early twentieth century, known for her extremely attentive and sensitive writings about nature and faith. She was a member of Charles F. Lummis’s circle of peers and even stayed at El Alisal in 1918 while she was working on her book The Fairyland Around Us, for which Lummis wrote the introduction.
I can’t imagine a better place to vacation while learning! “Good water and a delightful situation for the camp is assured, together with fine bathing and fishing . . . This is one of the few opportunities in Southern California to obtain full college courses in . . . Greek, Latin, Philosophy, Music, Art, Mathematics . . . during the summer. . . Frequent out-of-door lectures by prominent men, open to the general public, will be given.”
Although this is an exhibition and not a class, it was still an opportunity for the general public to get a glimpse of research going on in their community and a forum for educational exploration of ideas and technology. And even if you weren’t interested in discussing microscopy, it just sounds like an opportunity to see some really cool stuff!