Posted 5 months ago

iowawomensarchives:

There were quite a few younger-than-usual visitors at the University of Iowa Main Library today, as students from several middle schools visited to conduct research for their National History Day projects. National History Day is a nationwide program and contest in which students conduct primary and secondary research on a historical topic related to the contest theme.

With this year’s theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in History,” we had a handful of little researchers visiting the Iowa Women’s Archives. Many IWA collections relate to topics of rights and responsibilities:

View all collections in the Iowa Women’s Archives on our website, where you can browse the topical list and search by subject. You can also search the UI collection guides, including Special Collections, University Archives, and IWA. 

6th and 7th grade pupils of Salem High School, Salem, Iowa, 1900s

Posted 5 months ago

6pillars:

Rags and bones? Persian silk worn by Vikings was traded from Persia not stolen from UK and Ireland it is found. What was thought to be looted goods from churches and monasteries in England and Ireland, after 4 years of research by Marianne Vedeler at the Uni of Oslo is revealed to be part of the Eastern silk trade, in fact extending to medieval Scandinavia. What were they exchanging the silk for, we wonder?  


The Oseberg ship, part of an elaborate burial mound, holds silk cut into strips for articles of clothing and embroideries from Persia. Motifs are parts of Persian mythological birds and clover-leaf axes, a Zoroastrian Zodiac symbol, and a the mythological shahrokh. But not all pieces were imported one Christian cross is likely from a religious site in Ireland.

Posted 5 months ago
Posted 5 months ago
ucresearch:

Conducting research next to the Hells Angels
Imagine you’re a scientist studying the mating habits of birds. You’re alone––in nature––in the middle of nowhere. And then a biker gang decides to setup shop next door. Just you and the Hells Angles…
Researchers at UC’s Hastings Reserve had to deal with this very situation in the 1980s. The rowdy group of bikers lived right next to the land designated for ecological research. When the leader of the group was thrown in jail, the Hastings Family (who donated the land for the nature reserve) offered to pay his bail if he offered to sell his land over to her.
Today, researchers use the former Hells Angels house as living quarters during long visits. You can even find bullet holes in the house and adjacent fence. 
Vince Vogeli oversees this reserve and its one of UC’s older nature reserves. Its part of a statewide system for scientists to conduct research on.  On our visit, he gave a glimpse into the quirky history of the reserve and also what life is like in such a remote (and beautiful) part of California.

ucresearch:

Conducting research next to the Hells Angels

Imagine you’re a scientist studying the mating habits of birds. You’re alone––in nature––in the middle of nowhere. And then a biker gang decides to setup shop next door. Just you and the Hells Angles…

Researchers at UC’s Hastings Reserve had to deal with this very situation in the 1980s. The rowdy group of bikers lived right next to the land designated for ecological research. When the leader of the group was thrown in jail, the Hastings Family (who donated the land for the nature reserve) offered to pay his bail if he offered to sell his land over to her.

Today, researchers use the former Hells Angels house as living quarters during long visits. You can even find bullet holes in the house and adjacent fence. 

Vince Vogeli oversees this reserve and its one of UC’s older nature reserves. Its part of a statewide system for scientists to conduct research on.  On our visit, he gave a glimpse into the quirky history of the reserve and also what life is like in such a remote (and beautiful) part of California.