Or, Pennellwood: Years Later
Pennellwood was summer. It was childhood. It was long days of sunscreen and endless nights of bugspray, weeks that seemed to last for months – it was summer camp, for the whole family.
Pennellwood was underwanter; the business plan wasn’t sustainable. It closed, but our family traditions didn’t. So we looked for something else, a new place in which to continue. We found it, but it wasn’t the same. We spent days by the pool and nights tending bar. (Some things about family camp change when you grow up.) But a large part of the time, we spent talking about Pennellwood. Remembering it, missing it, wishing that we were there instead. Leaving the new camp today, someone suggested that we go to Pennellwood. Just to see what it had become. Continue reading
Currently, I’m in Colonial Williamsburg – thus the few days without a post. But, today I took this picture that I wanted to share. Yep, it’s a little boy wearing a tri-cornered hat while playing a video game on a smart phone. When worlds (erm, historical eras) collide…
Williamsburg is great and I’ll have a much longer post with better pictures (it was hard to take this one without the kid’s mom thinking that I was a creep) later. I’m really interested how they choose to represent the era. It’s all been pretty shiny and happy, but I guess that’s easy when you’re portraying the side that won.
Also, Colonial Williamsburg’s website is history.org – how cool is that?
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Teddy Roosevelt is more of a badass than 50Cent. Does that make you want to go to a museum? Jenny Burrows and Matt Kappler, creators of the “Historically Hardcore” ads hope so.
According to Geekosystem (which I found via MentalFloss), the artists teamed up to create this fake Smithsonian ads as part of a portfolio project. But, it seems that the ads were a bit to… um, hardcore for the Smithsonian which asked to be disassociated from them. Sad, because I wish museums would take more of this type of approach to history. (It might cause more people to want to visit. Or at least stop my siblings from groaning when I suggest we go to a museum. “Why do we have to learn about history? We’re on vacation.”) But I guess bragging about how many people Ghengis Khan slept with is probably not kosher for a government funded museum. (Your tax dollars at work and all that.) (Also, does anyone know if that is actually true. I found it on Wikipedia, but their source link for the fact was broken.
I never knew this fact about Andrew Jackson and his parrot, but it doesn’t surprise me. (I like to think of Andre Jackson as a presidential Jack Sparrow type figure. A bit of a rapscallion, if you will. Please don’t disabuse me of this.) This is just another reason to add to the list of why he is my favorite president. (Yes, I understand that he did terrible things and that this is not a very PC choice.) Seriously, wheel of cheese, the kitchen cabinet, slaying the bank… (Look them up, you’ll be glad that you did.) Obviously he had some issues with overreaching of executive power, but he was also awesome.
On other history nerd topics, I bring you these recommendations: Bangable Dudes of History and Stuff You Missed in History Class. The first is more funny than defensible, but I’ve actually learned quite a bit from the second. Although it comes from How Stuff Works (which doesn’t always seem like the best source), I’ve found that the history seems to be pretty accurate. Also, they introduced me to the awesomeness that it Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, one of the most fascinating historically figures that I’ve had the pleasure to encounter.