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An effort is being made by our Historic Codes Capture Team to preserve #historicalbuildings in #Johnstown by educating potential owners about the benefits of re-proposing these buildings!
A workshop series will be held beginning September 26th! (details at JAHA.org)
Thank you @sarahstroudclarke for a fantastic presentation on the 1765 Pierre Eugene du Simitiere watercolor of Drayton Hall! This was the inaugural talk in @draytonhall’s new Gallery Talks series which will take place every Friday at 12:30. There will be presentations in the new Gates Gallery on a different object each week now through December 14, so be sure to put this on your calendar - they are free with admission. I will definitely be back! #theaccidentalpreservationist
Cornerstones of a Village - 21
Decoy Making: The design method of decoys drastically improved over time. Settlers were introduced to using trickery by Native Americans, who would use silhouettes to draw ducks closer. At first, decoys were simply two-dimensional, duck-shaped signs that lacked any fine details. Once the practice became more sophisticated, shapers started to carve replicas using many different tools such as hammers, scraper blades and hand planers. Decoy makers began with large chunks of wood and eventually carved them into simple shapes. Early decoys were usually the body and head of the ducks pasted or screwed together.
A #throwback to last Thursday when Charleston was preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Florence. Fortunately those preparations were not necessary this time, but suffice to say that Charleston residents know how to stack a sandbag. #theaccidentalpreservationist
Cornerstones of a Village - 20
Decoy Background: Local baymen generally found a sense of peace in the great outdoors. When the shellfish harvest season ended in autumn, clamrakers turned their attention to hunting fowl. These decoys were used to deceive ducks into thinking that they were fellow waterfowl. As hunting gained more widespread popularity, wealthier individuals with little background in woodworking became interested in using these lures. This dramatically increased the demand and value of these decoys. What was once a mere hobby quickly turned into a commercial venture for seasonal baymen. Do you think you would mistake these decoys for actual ducks?
The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second oldest surviving university. While its exact founding date is unknown, there is evidence that teaching took place as far back as 1096.
Located in and around Oxford’s medieval city centre, the university comprises 44 colleges and halls, and over 100 libraries, making it the largest library system in the UK.
Students number around 22,000 in total, just over half of whom are undergraduates while over 40 per cent are international, representing 140 countries between them.
Called the 'city of dreaming spires' by Victorian poet, Matthew Arnold, Oxford has the youngest population of any city in England and Wales: nearly a quarter of its residents are university students, which gives Oxford a noticeable buzz.
Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medallists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers, among them). The university is associated with 11 winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, five in physics and 16 in medicine. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins. The actors Hugh Grant and Rosamund Pike also went to Oxford, as did the writers Oscar Wilde, Graham Greene, Vikram Seth and Philip Pullman.
Oxford’s first international student, named Emo of Friesland, was enrolled in 1190, while the modern day university prides itself on having an ‘international character’ with connections to almost every country in the world and 40% of its faculty drawn from overseas.