Dale B. Light at Light Seeking Light calls attention to the University of Michigan's exhibit of the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive at the Clements Library. The archive includes"thousands of items from the 16th to 20th centuries - books, ephemera, menus, magazines, graphics, maps, manuscripts, diaries, letters, catalogues, advertisements, and reference works. It is a work in progress, and material is being added and catalogued daily." A symposium on American culinary history will be held on 13-15 May to open the exhibit and dedicate the archive. As usual, R. W. Apple told the story very well in the NY Times.
The University of Utrecht has lifted its 363-year-old condemnation of the teachings of Rene Descartes. Thanks to Brandon at Siris for the tip.
William Hammack,"‘The Greatest Discovery Since Fire'," Invention & Technology, Spring 2005, surveys the history of the microwave oven.
Red State Rabble and Thoughts from Kansas are blogging the hearings of the Kansas State Board of Education on evolution and intelligent design in Topeka. They are being called"Scopes II."
At Clioweb, Jeremy Boggs offers some interesting links:"The Women's Petition Against Coffee" (London, 1674);"They Still Draw Pictures," an exhibit of over 600 children's drawings during the Spanish Civil War; and Ottley R. Coulter, How to Perform Strong Man Stunts (NY: Padell Book Co., 1952).