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"word museum" Discussed on WTOP
"D C thrives on tourists and business travelers and conventions. But the pandemic has devastated the Washington area's hotel and cultural attractions BUSINESS When tourists do Return, D C will be ready. Several new hotels opened their doors in D C last year. Dutch hotel company Citizen M. Open its fifth hotel in the U. S in Southwest D C. Known for its smallish high tech rooms with gigantic beds. The seas Hotel Donovan re opened last year is Hotel Xena, which says it celebrates female empowerment. The Vice Roy Washington, D. C. From the same company behind Xena replaced the former Mason and Rock hotel. And D. C is former Hotel Rouge reopened as the Vanocur hotel named after Benjamin Vanocur, who played a significant role in surveying the land that will become the nation's capital to new museums opened in 2020, the National Museum of the U. S Army at Fort Belvoir and Fairfax County and the Planet Word Museum, which opened a DCs historic former Franklin School building. Jeff Global. WTLV News. A couple of big stories at the top of the hour. One. Congress overrides the president's veto of the defense authorization bill to the U. S tops, 20 million Corona virus infections and locally a deadly fire and Prince George's County also leaves an eight year old heard It's 4 56 warm in home care is providing happiness at home to families throughout the D. C. Metro area, like Linda Brennan needed care for her mother. My family and I have worked with warm and home care twice in the last two. Years, first with my father, and earlier this year with my mother when Mormon staff first arrived, help care for my father. It was an immediate relief.
Washington, DC tourism looking to bounce back after taking hit from pandemic
"On tourists and business travelers and conventions. But the pandemic has devastated the Washington area's hotel and cultural attractions BUSINESS When tourists do Return, D C will be ready. Several new hotels opened their doors in D C last year. Such hotel company Citizen M. Open its fifth hotel in the U. S in Southwest D C. Known for its smallish high tech rooms with gigantic beds. The seas Hotel Donovan reopened last year is Hotel Xena, which says it celebrates female empowerment. The Vice Roy Washington, D. C. From the same company behind Xena replaced the former Mason and Rock hotel. And D. C is former Hotel Rouge reopened as the Vanocur hotel named after Benjamin Vanocur, who played a significant role in surveying the land that will become the nation's capital to new museums opened in 2020, the National Museum of the U. S Army at Fort Belvoir and Fairfax County and the Planet Word Museum, which opened a DCs historic former Franklin School building. Jeff Global.
"word museum" Discussed on WAAM Talk 1600
"And we're going to go to our first organization here. And this is a local kind of continuation of our program Last week when we were talking about Army Air Corps and so forth, and we're gonna take a visit right now to the Yankee Air Museum, which happens to be in Belleville, Michigan, here just east of Ann Arbor, and Jim fell. Stone is going again being Conducting this interview, and he's conducting the interview this time with Kevin Wall shoes, the president and CEO of the Yankee Air Museum, So take it away, Jim. We want to welcome to the spotlight and the Association of Michigan military organizations or ammo Today is, you know, Veterans Radio America has a partnership with M O to bring you a quick look. Had a Michigan military organization that supports the history of military service in the state of Michigan. And we encourage you to go visit Amul on Facebook and this particular organization by visiting it. But we want to welcome Kevin Walsh, the president and CEO of the Yankee Museum. Kevin Welcome to Veterans Radio again. Thank you, Jen. It's a pleasure to be here, as always. Well, we're really happy to have the opportunity to talk and talk a little bit about what's going on in this weird year at the Yankee Air Museum, tell our listeners what they ought to be looking for. Yeah, absolutely. It wasn't the year we expected or deserved that. You know, it goes across the board for everybody. But Aziz being a nimble in adaptive organization. We were able to, um, you know, follow you No orders. Our governor and her health department and figure out a way to re engage folks. Obviously we were closed. You know, from our mid March point, uh, actually closed a little bit early before even the shutdown, And then we stay close a couple weeks after just to make sure that we had everything right, Because what we didn't want to do is we didn't want to create an environment that would be at all questionable or or you know. Dangerous for the spread of the virus, you know, for our team members, first and foremost, but also for our guests, and we we've been able to re engage at quite a significant level, which has been very exciting, You know, Togut back and show people you know the great things that we do, But you know, in a different format s so it's taking on a whole new look of operation on Duh couldn't be more proud of our volunteers and team. There's uh, how we've adapted. Well, you know, the word museum puts a few people off. And, um I really want to get across the folks that this the Yankee or museum, which everybody in the state of Mission should know about, Uh, maybe because of the aircraft it has or the thunder over Michigan and runs but Give folks some sense of the size. And uniqueness of what we call the Yankee Air Museum. Sure, yeah, absolutely. It's way certainly have that traditional museum aspect about us, but certainly dynamically the way we run. The organization is very different than a lot of traditional museums. And as you mentioned the thunder over Michigan Air Show, not just the Marquis event for Yankee Irving see him, but it's a marquee event in South East Mission. Yet, you know, and and, of course, it in bodies that the spirit of celebrating our military past and present on band, obviously bringing American aeronautics to the to the forefront in what we think is one of the most dynamic ways that you can celebrate. Um you know, the aviation industry and those that have worked and served, you know in that in that industry, Thunder is just one example. The other piece to us that is so different than most traditional static museums is the aircraft that we fly, but also that we give rides on. So right now we've transformed our flyable fleet. The aircraft that's actually flying. The collection team ache sure that people are able to ride on these. So there's five different airplanes that we now in that having historic flying aircraft collection that people can pay. Get up in the air and actually go for a ride in them, you know, And there's so few museums that you can get into an artifact and experience the artifact life on. That's one of the things that makes us again very, very different in the fact that you could fly at a World War two bomber you could fly on a 1928 tri motor. You can fly in a Vietnam era Huey helicopter on all these different XP. Variances in what we call a ra adventures because they are. It's an adventure, which again just breaks that mold of museum as you think of placards and artifacts, and and I didn't lights and there's nothing wrong with that. Is that the wrong with it it all because we have that static aspect of it, But we wanna be. We want to be more dynamic than just a static museum. Well, I can tell folks because I know folks have done it. I've done this If you need a gift for that guy, Maybe it's Dad. Granddad uncle who's hard to find a gift for Get him a gift certificate to fly in one of these Yankee air museum aircraft. They will smile for a year. It's an incredible opportunity is I've never heard of calling here adventure, which I think it absolutely is, and is a great idea and it's got a set you apart. Really from all of the other similar, uh, military museums in the state of Michigan. I would think. Yeah, yeah, Absolutely. And it's something that crosses all all genders. All cultures. Um, it zavis real experience when you when you're sitting in a Huey helicopter. Um, it doesn't matter who you are, Um, in the doors are open and you're strapped into the helicopter. You go for a flight, you know, for for his cheapest $99 a seat. You know it is. It is just something that you just can't get anywhere else and riding in something that you know, served our nation. But also it's just this visceral experience of flight. Unlike anything else we get we go toe Detroit Metro Airport. We get on a commercial airliner. It's climate controlled. It's insulated. It's quiet. It's smooth riding. Um You know, and that's that's flying today, but we take you back in time. And the flying back in time is so much more. Just keep coming back to the word visceral where you know the skin of the bombers is only a thickness of a corner. So you smell the you smell the aviation fuel burning and the roar of the engines is no insulation in that, you know you were a year protection. It's And and it puts you in a period of history of moment of history is captured by that ride, And like I said, it doesn't matter who you are or what your background is, Um, when you get to go for something that's that exhilarating. It stays with you. But it also gives you that appreciation to say Wow, I didn't know it used to be like that. Um, but what is really needed is that point in time was a very, very exciting time in American aeronautics, as we were learning in developing aircraft. Well as we come to the end of the spotlight period here. The spy later on an animal organization, and we're talking to Kevin Walsh, the president, CEO of Yankee Air Museum, Kevin tell our listeners a little bit about your website president and how they might Learn more about what's out there, and they're going to take my advice. We're going to go get that gift card and make somebody's days this this'll holiday season. Absolutely well, if you don't have a good Web presence now, you know you're you're so far behind the.
"word museum" Discussed on Green Connections Radio - Insights on Innovation, Sustainability, Clean Energy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Careers w Top Leaders, Women
"And in fact it was the the measurement was just around the same time albert graduated the naval academy. He went to nail academy and he was if not he may have been the first jewish person by the way to go to the naval academy which was part of his whole story there but he graduated. I believe in eighteen seventy three and then he did a lot of this work at university of chicago and it case western and he won the nobel in nineteen seven. He was the first scientist from america to win the nobel prize. Congratulations what a legacy. I even feel more kinship to this building. It's like light words planet. I'm i'm all in and you also asked about other things that we've done so we have a green roof in serve along the perimeter of the terraces. So what does that mean grass. No it's plants. You know different plants that See them you know the usual green roof plants. But they're very pretty and we have beautiful carpet up there and you know we have a very advanced. Hvac system within the restrictions of what you could do to to the bill there now restrictions on on that you know everyone knew that we had to bring this building up to present-day standards especially fire safety ones but we have new systems everywhere. I'm seeing obviously there's a lot of light use. led lights and things like that everywhere Terrific do you have any kind of a food facility here. I realize it's you know in the midst of the pandemic. You might not have a cafe open. We did just sign a lease with immigrant food so that restaurant should open mood. What a great name i love. It's an existing restaurant near the white house. And they'll open their second three inch at planet word in spring. Oh how fabulous and so. It's a perfect alignment of missions of. That's great so in closing. You're saying that we start if you will at the top and work our way down. And what do you want people to leave the planet word with what's your what's your ideal experienced takeaway so interestingly that you start on the third floor and you end on the first floor that's ground level. I want you to go out on the streets of washington and be more empathetic to what you hear around you to be more careful with the words that you yourself use and to be part of a community so is really you know symbolic that you start on the third floor and you exit into our present day.
"word museum" Discussed on Green Connections Radio - Insights on Innovation, Sustainability, Clean Energy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Careers w Top Leaders, Women
"Me because i looked like you know jewish non palestinian person and i just thought to myself. You don't know me you don't know what my values are where i just spent five years of my life. You didn't take any chance to talk to me or get to know me just looked at you know what i looked like and so i vowed then that when we moved back to the united states that i would do something to build community and that's when i started to teach. Oh that's a great story. That's a wonderful story. I love that that channeling that anger in that ugliness into something so positive. This is so beautiful. So before. I let you go. I know that from from knowing you previous to this. That environmentalism is a big issue for you. And i've both you and your husband with earth day network stuff in things in general and thomas written a great deal about. I noticed this big to both of you. So have you taken pains to integrate any sustainable features into the way you did the museum. You're reading a building that exists so you didn't build a new museum. That's one thing for sure you know. Because it's a national historic landmark and there are restrictions on what we can do on the interiors and total restrictions on the exterior that dc requires buildings and developers to achieve leed silver status. It's very difficult on building of the sort where you're restricted in what you can do. But we are We've exceeded as far as we know the point total for silver. You know that's not the greatest by the way to give people perspective. I saw assumes referring choice how the plaque outside that this is where alexander. Graham bell said the first message in eighteen eighty s. I recall his first wireless message. He used light waves. So wireless was born in this building you know. besides it's it's a national historic landmark. Two times over the first reason is because of its architecture was innovative school when it was built in eighteen. Sixty nine you can see the tall ceilings and all the light that flows into the building and that was very innovative and it's also has a lot of embellishments in cast iron beautiful work that would was unusual for a public school in sixty nine. Especially right in. That's reconstruction reeler and that's because the architect adolf clues believe that poor children. All children should learn in a beautiful environment. Not just rich kids. Oh i love. That isn't that. I have an interesting connection to the light part which i'll tell you kind. Blow your mind a little bit. But tell us about the message. Sending the wireless message sending so in eighteen eighty alexander. Graham bell sent a message using light to an associate a couple blocks away and that was successful and he called that invention the photo phone. It never really became anything. But it is considered the first example of a wireless communication and he said at the time was so prescient. This invention is more important than the telephone. He knew that wireless would be that important right. It's transformed our lives ago. Did he send wers and morse code. What did he actually send. How was that message constructive. That i can't tell you exactly but it was words so Just to put a kind of fun exclamation mark on that story. Physicists enjoy my last name because my great great uncle was the first american scientists to win the nobel prize and he did because he measured drummer. Plays the speed of light. Wow he is literally the c. n. equals mc squared. Well so you kind of have a little connection to alexander graham bell experiment here you know. He probably had to use some of that background..
"word museum" Discussed on Green Connections Radio - Insights on Innovation, Sustainability, Clean Energy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Careers w Top Leaders, Women
"Instance you are using your voice and talking back to the interactive screen and choosing your answers and then the narrator will tell you you know not that it's right or wrong but actually this is you know the the answer and this is why so we have some really fun interactive's especially about humor Teaching a robot. How to tell a joke. What's funny what is it joke made up of you know punchline and tag in a different things like that lead up and timing exactly the elements of a good joke telling. Oh that's great. It's also coming to mind. Is i several years ago. I lived in la for many years. In fact i worked at sixty minutes. They are and i did. A tour of would take people to the museum of tolerance. And i was friends with a gentleman who became the chief of police in la and they're boys had their own issues of course and i was telling him about this museum and i persuaded him to visit and they integrated into their training for diversity and inclusion and part of the reason was there's this extraordinary component of that museum where you walk through and they're holograms yell. Epithets you and you have an experience of what it feels like to receive this ugliness and it's transformative so as as you're talking about experiencing language and what it how it moves people that also comes to mind for me. We have in our gallery cupboards matter one of the storytellers talks about being bullied and Starting at a young age and being asked do you want to die and so really powerful stories like that about how hurtful language words can be and someone asks me. You know where idea came from and one of the things that happened in my life that led to this museum sort of roundabout is that we were living in jerusalem after almost five years in beirut where i you know traveled all over the middle east learned arabic and now we're in jerusalem and someone yelled at.
"Like that even during our darkest nights so all the girls watching here now to know. But i've been you know we've only been open three days. But i've been struck by how popular that exhibit is and people young and old are so excited to use a teleprompter and give one of those speeches and we we show the techniques people can actually read as if they're barack obama giving his speech or whatever and we have barack obama giving His two thousand four nominating speech at the democratic national convention. I was actually there for that. So you know how moving it was. There's no black americans. There is no white america. There's no red or blue it's purple. Yeah some of my journalistic colleagues. Who's people you would now. And i looked at each other when oh my god what did we just say yeah. I'm sure we'll all of his oratory in his race speech was really powerful to An fdr's of you know day that will live in infamy. Did you take any effort to make sure that you had women's speeches and women's writings particularly how did you go about choosing that. The hong museum is well our one of our core values inclusivity so everything in every gallery. We i can't say that we said okay. There's you know twenty five men so there will be twenty five women you know reading writing poetry or whatever but We have a lens through which we vetted every single Gallery and experience in the museum and that is really gender neutrality diversity of all types subject matter author speaker so it was always at the top of our list of what. Check off you know. Is this going to make it in the museum or get left on the cutting room floor. The proverbial cutting room floor. Up why i would love to be there for that conversation. It was months and months. I'm sure and it was probably really difficult. Because there's so much great material. I'm you've got maya angelou. From obama's inauguration all the way to malala yussef cetera and every age. I wish we were doing some video. Her face is just so. You're so lighting up. I mean you're you're just start your passion is just glorious and it's really fun to see people doing work that they have such passion for. I just had to say that it's true erie ear so talk about the ways that people can come here and get an appreciation. Maybe for their own ability to use language. Well there's nothing that would say that's right or wrong..
"Then i wanted to show the diversity of the world's spoken languages so that's our major gallery have thirty language ambassadors and includes to sign language users. And so that's the first floor. It's sort of about where words come from. And what do we use all over the world but then you go down to our second floor and it's all about what we can do with words what you can create with words so songwriting. Humor joke writing Oratory literature poetry. That's on our second floor. And those were you know natural ideas for what would be a museum of words and language and then on our lower floor because you start at the third floor and you work your way down. It's all about the power of words so we have advertising copywriting and words used to sell causes or to sell products and then we have our less gallery that's called words matter and it's real people telling the stories about how words and language had an impact in their lives and we have a recording booth in the middle of that gallery so we think that visitor will be so inspired and motivated by the experience of the museum to want to tell their own story about words in their life and so they can go in and record their story. Oh i love that. It's funny people say to me. By the way. I taught communications to journalism at columbia. Union college forbid and i took my students. If i was still there i would take them here. But i took my students to the national archives and library of congress and we're just in maryland and they had never been here and they were just amazed and they're looking at all these books in there you know. I had them play speeches. Because obviously it's communications class and had them play speeches and then get tips for their own presentations and you can see their faces. Just light up. I mean so of course declaration of independence the bill of rights etc people. Ask me how. I got into this business. And i joke that i've been reading and writing copy since pre birth because my dad had an ad agency when i was a kid in new york city. And i'm the youngest of four so he would poke copy out of the typewriter at the time and handed to the closest warm body. And say we this out loud to me. That's fun so. I'm convinced that i probably read. His copy is the first thing. I read out loud. And my mom. Who just recently passed supported my contention that she read. Copy out loud while i was in the womb. So it's very funny. So i've been on all sides of communication coins so when i saw this i was like yes. So what happens at planet word in our copywriting gallery are oratory gallery. Our songwriting gallery. Which is like a karaoke lounge is that you learn the techniques that make that song or that speech or that ad really effective and persuasive and so in our were tar gallery. We have a choice of eight speeches. Everything from fossa from the lion king to John f kennedy's inaugural address. And you know more historic speeches.
"They can go to science museums history museums. But there really anything like planet word and so many teachers were just ecstatic. Now we'll have a chance to go to a museum where language and words and reading in books come to life so they're very excited about that but chancer your question where all ready partnering with a couple of different literacy organizations in the metro dc area. Because i want to get books into the hands of children and so we're we're doing some book distribution partnerships and once. Covid is over or less of a threat. We have all sorts of proposals ideas about how to work with the community and enhance literacy. I'm also working with the group. That's really the park. That's directly opposite planet word and making sure that they incorporate some words and language into the park plans especially the children's playground which is directly opposite. Planet word oh that's a great idea. How did you come up with the name. Well i had about fifty names. That i played with and i would check. Is that name taken you know. Is there something already called the in such. And then i had focus groups and so i tried out my top two choices for names on them and they did not go over very well. I won't even tell you what they so. My next choice was planet word and the reason being because we say that language is what makes us human. and here's our planet. The planet we know about with people on it so planet word and the reaction of the kids who were in one of the focus groups was so excited. Yes of course you know. Words are universal. They're everywhere and so that's how we're came to be that the name of the museum. I love that and that's your target audience anyway right yet. Our target audience is ten to twelve year olds and so what we did focus groups. We had a focus group of ten to twelve year old boys. Ten to twelve year. Old girls. I was advised that they should be separated so the girls wouldn't be intimidated from speaking up. And then we had two groups were their parents of ten to twelve year olds and a so. We had four focus groups altogether. Oh i love that you know. It's interesting when i was coming to mind decide. I'm sure you know doctrines sto fan. I interviewed she's the head of aaron space and she's the first woman to have that museum and she's an amazing story. She raised children herself and she has told me that. Ten to twelve year olds were their primary audience to that. They're the one the main wants to come to l. the space museums. And so they they do the same thing in the sense of the design their exhibits with that as the anchor. And then obviously you want to appeal to adults etc. And of course they're going through a massive renovation. I i really call it a transformation. It's way beyond renovation at this point but other museum. Ceo's i've talked to was well the science museum in minnesota cetera. While you guys are from minnesota so that rings a bell but they target eight to ten to twelve year olds too..
"Today we're having an adventure. I'm going to take you on a tour of a new museum. That is called planet. Word combining two of my favorite topics on earth language and the planet. And before we do the tour. I have the privilege of talking to an friedman who is the ceo. founder chief. cook and bottle washer. She made this happen. It's her vision. And she is a former first grade teacher. And i'm really to hear about this so here we are green connections. Radio is bringing you to planet word. We haven't taken a tour yet. So i will learn a lot as we go welcomed reconnections connections radio where we bring you insights from remarkable women. Innovators in energy sustainability at corporate responsibility and diversity on john michaelson. I'm just gonna launch right in right now actually. 'cause i'm just so excited to be here. So welcome and welcome to green actions radio and thank you for hosting us your brand spanking new facility. My pleasure thank you for talking to me and being interested of course so first. Let's go to the origin story if you will. How did this idea come to you. You've been a teacher reading and writing your obviously married to journalists censure that has an influence so talk about how you came up with this idea and how you made it happen so i retired from teaching in two thousand eleven. But i wasn't ready to leave literacy or education. That was really important to me and so i tried a few different volunteer opportunities and nothing was quite right and then i read an article in the new york times about the launching of a new museum of mathematics in new york city..
"word museum" Discussed on Consider This from NPR
"Jonathan. Have you heard? The. Much anticipated planet word. Open today in. DC. Yes. Yes. Back in twenty seventeen DC mayor Muriel Bowser, and a team of advisers picks philanthropist and Friedman to restore the historic Franklin school building a gorgeous building. By the way, millions of dollars have gone into restoring the national historic landmark much of it. Friedman's own money to create a place where people can explore are evolving language. Now, that restoration didn't happen without a couple of shall we call them hiccups along the way city officials halted construction for quite some time after discovering. That the project's developer violated DC's strict historic preservation rules but all of that is wrapped up now in the museum is officially open to the public WMU senior editor gay. Bullard got an early look at the museum and he's here to take us on a little tour as you turn off K.. Street and walk into the courtyard of planet word you're showered in language. There's an art exhibit in which Willow Tree made of speakers plays a mix of languages from around the world. Inside the historic Franklin school building has been given a thirty five, million dollar restoration the preserved stare tiling wainscoting and a few other flourishes Nantou the building century and a half of life. But the displays are exceedingly high tech I up a twenty foot high wall of carved words brought to life through powerful projectors and narration. The tells the history of the English language. The exhibit invites you to say a word from the wall like smog or sport to get a quick etymology lessons on. Board. Shorts. Burns over. In the next room, a giant globe of lights is surrounded by screens each with a friendly face of person who will teach you about their spoken or signed language. I tapped on Venezuela and got to try a regional tongue twister. And? Eric Kahn. Areas Cigar. A Nice in the gallery on humor, you can play word games or help and artificial intelligence right captions for new. Yorker. Cartoons according to my analysis. This caption about cannibalism mine database says that cannibalism is usually very serious, but sometimes, it can be funny to take something serious and pretend it is not serious. This is called dark humor in the library. Visitors can grab a book from the Shelf, set it on a table and be treated to an animation and narration explaining something about the text the technology can be dazzling but museum founder and Friedman says, it's in service of a larger purpose to reinvigorate excitement for literacy maybe with technology and with sort of the wow factor, we could make books and words and language sort of. Them and. With their imaginations captured visitors will think more about language for now the museum is working on virtual events for those who can't make an in person for those who can plan at word is open four free but you'll need to preregister for a time to get in admission is limited to twenty five people per hour. An Hour. Each hour I'll have to go back and check for WMU I'm gay bullard honestly I didn't really know what to expect when I heard about a museum all about words even though I love words I spend all day with. This museum actually sounds pretty freaking cool and I WANNA go some of the bigger museums in the city are starting to open their doors again, the Smithsonian National Art Museum the National Museum of African American History and culture the National Portrait Gallery the American History Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian all open now after being closed since mid March, because of the pandemic, the US Holocaust memorial museum will also reopen on October twenty sixth. Though to be clear, visiting museums isn't exactly going to be quite what it was before the pandemic. Now safety guidelines about social distancing face coverings, and these museums have time entry systems that require people to reserve passes in advance to maintain that smaller capacity inside that, we're all having to get used to so get down to what is your favorite museum in DC great question. I love the her short. That's the Smithsonian's modern art museum. I've never had a bad time there and they have that great sculpture gallery outside my favorite building is the national. Museum I love the outside of that building. But in terms of the actual content of the museums, you know I have a pretty short attention span and I have little kids. So let me go with the Classic Natural History Museum there dinosaurs in their case you haven't heard that is a very cool museum what is your favorite word and I'll share mine I I. I've a two way tie for first. It's either kerfuffle which I even said to you earlier this week or maybe noodle. But when it's used as a verb like, let me noodle over this and I'll get back to you I like the word nevertheless because it's three words, it's not just a compound. Where is three different words? There you go. Yeah, it's a three for one deal got eleven deal. Thanks for joining us for consider this from NPR listen again time, we'll make sense of the major stories happening in the Washington region and elsewhere in your world I'm John Wilson and I'm Rachel courteous..
Where do words comes from? Find out in Washington, DC’s newly opened Planet Word museum
"The. Much anticipated planet word. Open today in. DC. Yes. Yes. Back in twenty seventeen DC mayor Muriel Bowser, and a team of advisers picks philanthropist and Friedman to restore the historic Franklin school building a gorgeous building. By the way, millions of dollars have gone into restoring the national historic landmark much of it. Friedman's own money to create a place where people can explore are evolving language. Now, that restoration didn't happen without a couple of shall we call them hiccups along the way city officials halted construction for quite some time after discovering. That the project's developer violated DC's strict historic preservation rules but all of that is wrapped up now in the museum is officially open to the public WMU senior editor gay. Bullard got an early look at the museum and he's here to take us on a little tour as you turn off K.. Street and walk into the courtyard of planet word you're showered in language. There's an art exhibit in which Willow Tree made of speakers plays a mix of languages from around the world. Inside the historic Franklin school building has been given a thirty five, million dollar restoration the preserved stare tiling wainscoting and a few other flourishes Nantou the building century and a half of life. But the displays are exceedingly high tech I up a twenty foot high wall of carved words brought to life through powerful projectors and narration. The tells the history of the English language. The exhibit invites you to say a word from the wall like smog or sport to get a quick etymology lessons on. Board. Shorts. Burns over. In the next room, a giant globe of lights is surrounded by screens each with a friendly face of person who will teach you about their spoken or signed language. I tapped on Venezuela and got to try a regional tongue twister. And? Eric Kahn. Areas Cigar. A Nice in the gallery on humor, you can play word games or help and artificial intelligence right captions for new. Yorker. Cartoons according to my analysis. This caption about cannibalism mine database says that cannibalism is usually very serious, but sometimes, it can be funny to take something serious and pretend it is not serious. This is called dark humor in the library. Visitors can grab a book from the Shelf, set it on a table and be treated to an animation and narration explaining something about the text the technology can be dazzling but museum founder and Friedman says, it's in service of a larger purpose to reinvigorate excitement for literacy maybe with technology and with sort of the wow factor, we could make books and words and language sort of. Them and. With their imaginations captured visitors will think more about language for now the museum is working on virtual events for those who can't make an in person for those who can plan at word is open four free but you'll need to preregister for a time to get in admission is limited to twenty five people per hour.
"word museum" Discussed on Night Call
"Yeah that's what they all they all are but this is about someone who's like interested state of Childhood in our cultural memory in many ways. There are no pictures of her. Now now. It's very much like like take a journey through her life and like don't talk about what's going on right this moment. 'cause we just want to appreciate it doesn't make you be like like. She has such a body of work that like. She can retire if she wants to like. She shouldn't have to make anything else. He doesn't get to decide which is the whole thing I mean I know they didn't use the pop up. It's not a museum. It's something using the word museum like a lot of places use it experience. It's an experience like but but the thing is that like at some point if there is a future There should be your Britney Spears Museum in her hometown or something like a presidential library library or something like that and it's weird to think about that live love you obviously Louisiana where she is and and yeah. I think there is one in her hometown. That's kind of like like ad-hoc type lay yeah enthusiasm local hero rotate thing. I mean yeah it's just like but like I would also just want there to be like an actually academic and like honest look at the life of Brittany and like what she represented presented in where she sat in history and why she was significant. And you know obviously lots of journalists and critics and stuff will write about her in that way but like an have written about her in that way but like take a look when all museums are like experiences that are just like these sort of worshipful walks down nostalgia lane it just feels like maybe that's all the only way we're going to be able to look back on the past is like with rose colored glasses or something. I don't know well I mean I think part of it is that ix also alludes to the fact that there's so much we don't know if there were an actual museum there would have to be information about what's going on with her now it is perplexing going to challenging so instead they kind of serve you something to counteract this like other movement going on. Yeah yeah interesting. Yeah it feels like you know again. This is the thing I've had. I have had this conversation with many people by the way where it's like like we've stopped opt assuming that there is going to be a future because I'm just like well in the future like maybe we will find out how what's been going on this whole time that'll be uncovered in the way that like a lot like a bad example is like Michael Jackson or something where it's like somebody is so famous and obviously troubled and a lot of it is shouted mystery and then like maybe after their death is is when all of that stuff comes out and not that I think that anything that dark is necessarily happening with Bernie although something dark is definitely happening with her but like we are not going to be in the position to know about that so long as like she's around I feel like it's interesting that somebody can be so famous as she is and there is so much that we don't know about her yeah that's why she's she's like the perfect star 'cause she's Maryland. You can't really get away with that any more. Start out now. I feel like there's also something where it's like. Yeah you can't they they I would love for someone to be as big of a star Britney in the way that she was a star and it also is sort of a museum to dead technology magazine covers and like think physical CDs as an idea. Just it it's very nostalgic by made me feel things so it's art. It is our so speaking of spiritual experiences. I have a friend who recently clued me into the phenomenon. Known Nonni as sleep casts which I did not know about. I'm sure a lot of our listeners. Probably already know about this The head space has what are called sleep leap casts and they're not. ASM are and they're not super narrative but there is a narrative component..
"word museum" Discussed on WGN Radio
"You must run out and get or order online, William Stimpson, and the golden age of American natural history. It's published by northern Illinois university press. It is written by run. Vassil. V. A S. I L E and it contains this about the scientists. I love this. From a letter, the references to alcohol or typical of Stimpson's letters of the period, nearly all the club members drink. And Stimpson seems to have Sumed more than his share you give for a guy who didn't have a lot of newspaper clippings. You didn't have documentary film you. You really in thirty years you bring him to life to me. And you also bring Chicago to life. He had a coming back from the journey in his first sort of. Job. But his first prominent place was at the Smithsonian where he was instrumental in laying the foundation of that amazing wasn't. So he came back from that north Pacific expedition really starved for scientific companionship. Yeah, he actually compared life on board ship to like a being in prison because a lot of the shirt was a lot of the officers had no respect for what he was doing. They did not like him because he was so young. And so they gave him a hard time. So when he came back to Washington, that's where all the specimens were sent. And he rented a house in a basically started renting rooms to other naturalists because Sonian in Washington was a was a kind of a central point for bringing collections. And so he started renting rooms to people and formed, what was called the mega Therion club, where they did some drinking where it was basically a club where they get together and. Drink and eat after a long day's work. They would go out and chase women. They talk about going to all the different wait a minute. Scientists chase women. That's unbelievable to me. I'm joking and later on this club actually lived at the Smithsonian during the civil war. So the head of the Smithsonian also lived in the building, and he had three daughters. And Stimson was definitely chasing after a couple of them, we know this from his letters that he was writing to his friends. So it was it was almost like an animal house type it sounds like the neighbors complain about them, because they're drinking and singing and having a good time, so, yes, naturalists are not just this very stayed knew who knew who knew he, then he of you do such a nice job of. And again, we'll go back to the beginning where the reason run Vescio got to know. This guy is when he was the among the founding. Ding fathers of the Chicago academy of sciences where run worked for some years with our mutual friend, Joel Greenberg. That is now it's at the foot of Armitage in the park. It's now, the main offices of Lincoln park zoo, you do a wonderful job, Mr. vessel of in Chicago. I read a lot of books about Chicago. You also write in here. Known today for its world class museums in eighteen sixty seven call the head nothing remotely worthy of the term. When people heard the word museum, they probably thought of Colonel woods museum, which was I don't know. We describe it to me, like a p t Barnum, they did fiasco productions. They did comedy. He had some specimens had live animals would bring elephants. So that, that's what people thought of in Chicago as museum before the Chicago academy science. And when he began this, how was he able to do it was at force of wheel? I mean he's certainly was smart. Well, actually Sokoto. There were number of mid western academy of sciences, eighteen forties and fifties. There was this movement, where people are becoming interested in organizing together for science, and Chicago is the only one to provide enough funding for a fulltime scientists and that was because there were a small group of flannel office. Who put up the money for this academy of sciences. Where was it initially the building the quote unquote, fireproof building was at Wabash near van Buren, so right downtown. And it was a going concern. One of the, the and he was charged with filling the planet. He was in charge of displaying and filling and. What would would've been like to walk in there? Eighteen seventy eighteen seventy one early in eighteen seventy well the goal initially was to together up as many specimens as possible to try to get the people of Chicago interested in actual history support this organization, and real challenges with that because Kaga was very much focused on money, money, money. Oh later on. It's going to be called hustler town. Well, it's out as well. Things change. Sadly, and they're also so many immigrants in Chicago in eighteen seventy. So it was a challenge, trying to get people to, to comment support the museum they had missed it on skeletons. They had collections really from all over the world on display. And then, of course, Cobra eighteen seventy one there's a fire that not only destroys the building. But destroys virtually all of these specimens that he had put in the building. You do. It's tragic in your book. I find it you know it's supposed to cry at the end. Yes. Then they go back to where he was getting loaded his project, private club. You can balance the fun with the, there's something thing sad about it. Because you realize the, the, the thing that said is you realize, okay, wait a minute. This guy's only as late thirties. So maybe he will resurrect is going, another trip. Do all sorts of stuff, then he dies. Which sort of? Aces, the tragedy for me what he di- of data Turkey. Lows is the leading cause of death in the nineteenth century. And he died back on the east coast. So what happened was the fire. They had the entire Smithsonian collection of marine invertebrates were loaned to him, the Illinois state collection of museums were loan to the kademi, because they have this, quote unquote, fireproof building opened in January of eighteen sixty eight and so he was telling everyone, you know, you can loan things here and you can store things here, they'll be perfectly safe from fire gone. And he actually lost from a three fires and his life. There's a fire at the Smithsonian where he lost specimens was a fire at the original academy in eighteen sixty six where they lost about half the specimens, and they lost everything in the great yoga fire. He must've been immunity almost thinking was to Burke Yetlis, but you almost think he could have died of a broken heart, and that's what some of the contemporary counts talk about so not only where all those specimens there. But he had a series of unpublished manuscript that back in the days before the copy machines, literally three manuscripts that would have made him famous Amos and they were all. Completely incinerated. So not only the specimens that those manuscripts based on, but the manuscripts themselves run this, this is really a remarkable book. You know, you're, you're a teacher now of history us history and anthropology Lockport township high school. And I know it took thirty years and that may be why your wife thinks this guy looks like art Carney, and I think he looks she's probably been living with Brody seen this picture. You my wife, the book, is that equated to her. I saw that. If not for her, you know, helping take care of the kids. Yeah. So thank you, Jennifer. It's tough, Jennifer. It's tough to be the wife of an author a, but you can be very proud of your husband, the book, again, is William Stimpson, and the golden age of American natural history is a real Chicago book to believe me, Ron seal, the last name is V. A S. I L E. It is a pleasure to know you run, and I wanna thank Joel Greenberg, for hooking us up as they say, thank you for having me. And maybe I can cite a figure out some way to get a story about this guy this guy, just fascinates me. And also he was married. He had a kid had three children. The guy did it. He's, he's someone who people should know about. He really should. I agree. Thanks important. Figure in Chicago history to thank you. Save drive home. Will teach you to stop smoking after the news here, the sounds.
"word museum" Discussed on Biz Talk Radio
"You'll try down to Bangkok, so I don't know if he went there, gowdy, or somebody with a camera came back with photos because photography as we know it today was that far along when gowdy was doing architecture but I mean, well to think that's marvelous information about about that hotel. Yeah. There's a long continuance in our lives, and on art sort of is a wonderful marker on that can take us to the past, and, and, and obviously moves into the future. So, yeah, no, there's nothing more exciting than to make those connections. But how is your? For the pension for the Mediterranean, flavor is, is very obvious here and in Boca Raton. Well, you know, you have a kind of confluence of Spanish style architecture and that kind of European architecture, that is Spanish and Moroccan, in many places influence in Florida. And then you know you've got. You've got to more modern amazing stuff that's going on there, and it's it's a feast for the eyes. So talk to me about how big this museum is well, it's not a large museum. But it's, it's a wonderful size of intimate space by accounts in the profession, where mid-size institution. But the size isn't as important. As the fact that when you walk in, I think you feel at home. There's a very welcoming field. The architect Donald singer in two thousand one when the building opened, I think, created a wonderful modern structure, but then, as I mentioned, it has a tremendous that sort of hearken back to a previous day. The reason I asked you about the size. Is. I know that there are people listening that one thing here. The word museum. It conjures of days of absolute fatigue, when they went on a school field trip or their parents dragged them around someplace and by the end of the day, they just wanted to lay down and die. And there are doubts who feel that way, you know, from from, you know, they're certainly Zia GMs that they're impossible to tackle. I mean you've got to go multiple times. You can't think you can see the Metropolitan Museum of art New York or the Leuven Paris, you can go to those museums and think you're going to walk through. And there is something wonderful about knowing that the size of the museum because once you're inside, just about any museum. The contents are generally very exciting and you want to do it all. But trying to do it all is exhausting and very time consuming so to know the size of museum that is of moderate size, means you're not gonna walk out half dead. And you're gonna get to see pretty much everything you came to see without having overstrain yourself. Well, the mantra here is what we'd like to hear as people leave is that I can't wait to come back because in fact, though, we, perhaps our duty compared to the metropolitan or the National Gallery. It's there's an intimacy of scale, and there's a way that you can bring works of art together in the conversation so that, yes, you're perfectly, right? You're not going to come in look at every work of art because every day that you might come or any you might come. You'll see something else that new shoe that particular moment. How how much of what is on display? At the Boca museum of art, the Boca Raton, museum of art. How much of it is a part of a permanent collection. And how often is there, some visiting exhibit or or touring artwork? That's coming through. Yeah. Well, we always have our museum collection and, and which constantly, being moved around on our second floor. But on the ground floor re have our special exhibitions, and, and now we have this who will come repeatedly to see an exhibition that is called beyond the Cape, comics and contemporary, art, which is will be on view through October six. So it's looking at those artists contemporary artists who are looking not at the superheroes, not Batman and super man, and wonder woman, but instead, the sort underside of the comic industry, the graphic..
"word museum" Discussed on KSRO
"Back this counties morning news with Pat Kerrigan it's twenty minutes after eight o'clock. I I'm so thrilled that my next guests are in the studio with us this morning because what a great addition this has been to cinema county. We're talking about the children's museum of sonoma's county. Call that Michelle. Is the CEO and founder of the children's museum, and Lauren Peters is the director of programs. Welcome to both of you. Thank you. Happy to be here. It always seems like there's something really fun going on at the children's museum. I have to ask you one of the things that I was looking over your website last night. I noticed that adults are not allowed into the museum without a child, which I thought was comical and appropriate. Well, we do that really for safety reasons this. So you can't really trust. The I see. You thought maybe the parents would go in there and start playing playing we always we always welcome. And actually if anybody would like to come to the museum. We will always welcome them into museum with a volunteer or a team member to walk around and and give them a tour. And so it's been in operation in a brick and mortar building since two thousand fifteen Ashi two thousand fourteen that's open doors in June of two thousand fourteen but we had we've actually been around since two thousand and five. Okay. I'll ask you. This just throw a ball. How many kids have come through? Well, we visitors we count visitors and since we opened our doors in two thousand fourteen actually over five hundred thousand visitors total. Yeah, that's impressive. It is. You must be doing something right there. The Laura you're the director of programs. What is it that is bringing those kids and their parents in? Oh, we have an amazing space full of wonder and education and play. And I think visitors will find that when they're they're they are probably learning, but they don't even realize it because it's a wonderful place for kids to just be kids, and they get to challenge themselves and discover new things and every time they come. They can figure something else out. It kind of reminds me of the exploratorium in San Francisco, you know, where there's a there's a little bit of science. But there's a lot of things you never thought you might be able to have your hands on and all sorts of things like that for kids. Yeah. The museum is really a wonderful place for kids become natural scientists they get to do what they do naturally, which is try try things out. Yeah. And break things and make messes which we get to clean up afterwards. And still you're still there since two thousand and five it's amazing to me. What what's the biggest draw for kids? I think the biggest draw for kids is again just having that opportunity to experience things in their own way at their own pace. And having the materials the time and the space to engage all their senses in joyful exploration. Wow. That's pretty good makes me wanna go Lauren. It's an ever evolving program, isn't it? I mean, it it seems like, you know, every few weeks, there's something new to do or learn or be a part of. Yeah. We try to keep things. Interesting. We try to keep visitors coming back and finding new ways to interact with the museum. So our programs are really tailored to kind of always be new always be interesting and exciting and hands on and so we are constantly adding new programs. We're changing our programs and just trying to keep it exciting. And Jan, and it's, you know, we think of we when we say the word museum, we get an image. We adults get an. Image in our head which seems to me is about the direct opposite of what happens children's museum because it seems so just so active and interactive more. So than a regular museum is absolutely more interactive. It's age appropriate though for children, and that's why it's called a children's museum. I actually love it when I'm walking into the museum in the morning, and I hear children entering and they're saying museum museum. We're going to the museum. And for me for me. That is such a wonderful thought to think that when they grow old when they get to be our age that they will have that love of museums starting at a very young age, and I don't think we can have enough people loving museums. I think they're wonderful places. I grew up going to museums with my family, so I love I love the idea that children are getting that are getting acclimated really early on to loving museums. That may be the best thing of all. Bottom line in terms of you know, expanded education for kids. Absolutely. Yeah. I mean, it's these out of box out of out of school experiences that stick with us in life. And a lotta times when you look back, and you think about what made a difference in your life. It's those experiences that are a lot of times at museums. It's the experience bottom line. No matter what we're talking about in life is that it's the thing. It's the experience of it all tell us where the children's museum is what does it cost to get in? And how best to get in touch with you. If for example, people want to volunteer at the Lisa. Well, we're located at eighteen thirty five west steel lane in Santa Rosa, and we have lots of opportunities for volunteers to do any type of work that they'd like to do whether it be office work, whether it be working with the children out in the out in the exhibits, or whether it be helping build exhibits, we have all kinds of opportunities and this Saturday, we have an amazing new program event called art jam that is happening one to two and I'll at Lauren talk little just a little bit about that. Yeah. So it's part of a visiting artists series that we just started recently. And we have to give a shout out to this county vintners foundation for their generous grant that allows us to create this program, but we really wanted to be able to bring in artists from different areas painters people who do floral arrangements. We have a hula-hoop are coming in who artists. And so just this huge huge array of artists, and we want children to kind of see what these artists are doing. And then also get to experience that particular art form. So that's this Saturday and one of our programs is this Saturday, it'll be the soco dance theater. Oh, fantastic. Yeah. So kids will get to come in and get to come to the museum. The they'll get to do an interactive dance piece with the soco dance. I know and they're gonna do it around. Our wonderful. Bruce, Johnson sculpture. So it's and they are doing a themed piece that is around recovery from the fire. So it's a beautiful piece. I'll have we'll have a film that they have made in going in our Dalla vent center at the same time that the kids can be learning. How to do some dance with them fantastic. Well, it is in ever-evolving circumstance at the children's museum, and what's the website? It's WWW. And it's the initials of the museum see for children's and for museum over of as for Sonoma and see for county seat. Tom O S C dot org. Yeah. That's the children's museum. Thank you both for being here. Yeah. I gotta get one of these days. I need to rent a kid though. No, no. You're welcome anytime. You're you're okay. We're all a kid. Yeah. Lauren Peters is the director of programs there, and I call it the CEO and founder of the children's museum. It's eight twenty eight at k SRO we'll be right back. The best the Mark west.
"word museum" Discussed on As It Happens from CBC Radio
"So um it was far it was out of my reach and realizing that that's when i reached out to the can eat more bcm so you just news you wouldn't have a chance of being the winning bidder unless you started looking around for for some support for other people to take part with you absolutely yeah fresher why are these metals selling for four hundred twenty thousand dollars you know i in in my view i don't think it should be for sale think it's a historical relics i believe the americans don't sell their metal i i think it's whatever people are willing to pay far high just like a piece of art now people are willing to pay for the costs of for multi million dollars then goes the same way um and does this happen often citizens approaching a museum and saying we you know i'll assist you if you're interested in purchasing this artifact i've heard of it in the past um i went but that was only that was only after me asking around so i thought that was my only option really um did did you have any doubts about what you were doing about no throwing throwing all of this money at the word museum to help by a medal absolutely many doubt many doubts that let me to only finalise everything last night the night fright before the auction on me thinking about whether i should you know what's what's it worst to my family um you know it's it's a good chunk of change so i am i being dramatic and like and my over acting on that was my father killed if he found house.
"word museum" Discussed on Slate's The Audio Book Club
"Well he brings the table in terms of consciousness and selfawareness within a songwriting tradition um which is a slightly different tradition from you know the tradition of american poetry women issue grocer making when you read your poems out loud you talk about that a little bit because uh you know you you have to rethink that were written for the page yeah yeah i know i'm a poet for whom i would say music aladi is through the word museum is the calorie is really important like i do like uh there's a great line by the poet while a stevens where he talks about what he calls the home of thought is needed by the mind and i love that because it gestures to the way that poetry kind of like music can sort of work on the linda excess them right that there's a way much poetic language on is not nearly transactional or denote heat of and i think that is where you know i see what the nobel committee with up to in the sense that they're you know song lyrics are similar to poetry right it and and in that they're not like what he's literally saying isn't always what's actually being said right and so when i am about to your question when i'm writing and reading like i knew really hear it in my head and i do here it is a kind of music kalladi and um to me the reading of the poem is really important but i also really recognize it was time others with my graduate students that like yeah when you hear it out loud you get certain things that and you miss other things they got on the pitch and both i that when you just read silently to yourself you're getting certain things about the pom and not other things so we think of poetry of the kind of foiled arch foes contemporary virtually is this you know there is the odd.
"word museum" Discussed on KBNP AM 1410
"Eddie event there are some wonderful wonderful places that i almost hate the fact that they call themselves museum's because there is the definition of what a museum it is and it's a place that howell's loose and pick willie and interesting items of all kinds from artifacts two in fact trains and it's so different two goal to something that's the major historical museum or but so big and so overpowering that no matter how little you go to see by the end of your visit you are calling out on all four wears and wondering what did you do that you had a punisher sell for this action as or so exhausted from the experience i think there's one too many school trip that hes both boarded fatigue children to the point that anything that's the word museum attached to what they want no part tough that's one of the reasons that i'd love to talk with museum's that are of both aside is that you can handle without being completely worn out and of a subject matter that never gets boring and i'm going to guess that pretty much everybody who's listening coast to coast is going to be interested in learning more about an opportunity to visit a railway museum now a couple of weeks back we talked about all things would stock gear remember that.