Museums for $400, Alex!

& Paula Richter, Curator for Exhibitions and Research

At the risk of revealing too many details about my personal life outside of the work place, I will admit to being an unabashed fan of the game show Jeopardy.  My family watched so frequently when I was growing up that the theme song is one of the first tunes I remember singing. Singing as a child has now morphed into steadfast opinions as an adult viewer. I can tell you that betting big is usually the way to go, bouncing around categories drives me crazy, and Kids Week is absolutely adorable, but Celebrity Jeopardy is always the best because the questions are easy but not too easy.

I admit all of this to provide a backdrop for the evening of June 7th, when I received a text from my aunt, who lives in upstate New York where Jeopardy airs a half an hour earlier, telling me to make sure I tuned in. In case you missed it, PEM was, however briefly, the star of episode #7317


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Thinking About ‘The Thinker’

Gordon Wilkins


Rodin’s The Thinker. Gif by John Andrews/Creative Salem.

“This awful Thinker: seen from his left, he looks like a bird of prey contented with the vengeance he has meted out to the vile of the earth; a composition of physical and mental dominance, and effect of personality seemingly without rival in all sculpture of the world.” –Truman H. Bartlett, The American Architect and Building News, Vol. XXV, May 11, 1889 Read more

The Seafaring Young Family

Detail from the top of shipping articles for the Eureka, a bark mastered by Joseph A. Young

My name is James King and I interned at the Phillips Library this spring as part of my course work at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. My first task was to put my learning from class to the test and process the Young Family Papers, with the experienced help and guidance of Tamara Gaydos. This collection is on the somewhat smaller side, being 2.5 linear feet, but the amount of correspondence and meticulous accounts that have been kept really impressed me, especially from a time when these activities took a lot more time and effort to complete than in today’s technology-driven world. Read more