Rosie the Riveter

Naomi Parker in March 1942 courtesy of the Bettmann Archive

Naomi Parker was the real-life inspiration for the iconic “We Can Do It!” War Production Coordinating Committee poster. It was created in 1942 by J. Howard Miller. She’ll forever be in our hearts.

You can read more about this symbol of female patriotism on the National Museum of American History website. Listen to more riveter stories via CSULB’s The Rosie the Riveter Collection: World War II Era which, “provides a firsthand account of American women’s experiences as defense workers during WWII.” Director Sherna Berger Gluck created this collection of more than forty women’s wartime and post-war societal contributions.



Indigenous Voices of San Juan Capistrano

We enjoyed the Indigenous Voices of San Juan Capistrano presentation that shared Acjachemen (Juaneño) Native American rituals and daily songs. The @california_humanities and @ocpubliclibraries partnered together for this program. OC Library featured the Acjachemen Community Stories project.
#SanJuanCapistrano #CA #Acjachemen #Juaneno #NativeAmerican #songs #mission #stories


California Mexicana: Missions to Murals

Ferdinand Deppe, San Gabriel Mission, oil on canvas, c. 1832.

The Laguna Art Museum has been exhibiting, California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820–1930, from October 15, 2017 – January 14, 2018. Visit it today to see it before it closes! We loved this show that celebrated Latin American artwork among many California institutions via the collaborative program Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

Diego Rivera’s reproduction mural that was featured at the 1925 First Pan-American Exhibition of Oil Paintings.

Edgar Payne’s mural discovered at 1935 New Lynn Theatre, now the Laguna South Coast Cinema.

Here is the exhibition overview: Artistic and cultural exchange between California and Mexico has flourished since the time when California was part of the United States of Mexico. The exhibition highlights this vital aspect of the state’s history through a panorama of works by artists on both sides of the border, from scenes of mission and rancho life through images of romantic Old California, to the emergence of a cross-border modern art scene.

This exhibition is curated by Professor Katherine E. Manthorne, The Graduate Center, CUNY, assisted by Professor Alberto Nulman, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“‘Take some more tea,’ the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly. ‘I’ve had nothing yet,’ Alice replied in an offended tone, ‘so I can’t take more.’ ‘You mean you can’t take less,’ said the Hatter: ‘it’s very easy to take more than nothing.'” 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 

– Chapter VII, A Mad Tea-Party

#AliceinWonderland #LewisCarroll #literary #tea #teaparty #roses #macaroons #Irvine #CA #literature #Hatter #Alice


Getty Villa

We enjoyed the Getty Villa’s Roman Mosaics Across the Empire. This exhibit ran from March 30, 2016–January 8, 2018. You can experience the Roman Mosaics in the J. Paul Getty Museum catalogue edited by Alexis Belisvia via their website. Additionally, one can remotely access the gallery text that accompanies this exhibition in PDF format. We are excited about the renovations that will be completed in April 2018 with two new accompanying exhibits.


This Day in History

King George VI with his daughter Elizabeth, the future Queen of England, at work in an office at Buckingham Palace. This royal family’s journey started this day in history when George’s brother, Edward VIII, was the first monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne in 1936. Elizabeth is the longest reigning monarch as she began her reign on February 6th, 1952. We enjoy watching modern portrayals of this royal family in The King’s Speech and The Crown.
#king #GeorgeVI #queen #ElizabethII #monarch #royal #England #British #reign #throne #TheCrown #thisdayinhistory


UC, Irvine

Today Jennifer shared about Chisme Chick’s services at the University of California, Irvine Applied Innovation. We are working as a community to preserve history with technology. 

#UCI #entrepreneur #1millioncups #technology #innovation #zotzotzot #anteater #Irvine #CA #history


Alice in Wonderland

“Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’ 

I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. There goes the shawl again!”

-Lewis Carroll

#qotd #LewisCarroll #author #writer #AliceinWonderland #breakfast #Queen #book


Happy Thanksgiving

“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”

-William Blake

#Thanksgiving #thankful #harvest #WilliamBlake #authorquote


Freedom Writers

Erin Gruwell, Tony Becerra, and Sue Ellen Alpizar were at UCI on November 1st to share about their book The Freedom Writers Diary and new documentary, “Freedom Writers: Stories of an Undeclared War” which will be featured on PBS next year. They were very excited to present the full-length, director’s cut version documentary that captured the heart of their experiences.

Tony spoke about the 2007 film and how he was present on set. He helped the production team select sites. Tony shared, “We were there for authenticity… the film was real, very real.” An Argentinian guest commented during Q&A about how “Education transcends the classroom” and thanked them for their work. When asked about selecting books for curriculum, Erin referenced her training at UCI and Professor Lupton’s influence with her passion for humanities. She shared “Words matter. They need to be relevant and culturally appropriate.”

#write  #freedomwriters #UCI #documentary #film


Mark Twain

Mark Twain wrote, “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”#MarkTwain #quote #author #qotd #writer #cat #comrade #friend


Summer Finds

Summer days on Balboa Island involve finding the perfect pom-pom purse and women’s history book. This is the perfect spot to read! 

#BalboaIsland #NewportBeach #CA #purse #book #womenshistory #bay #summer #pompom



Pineapples are the symbol of hospitality. We love coastal breezes and sunny days.? #sundayfunday #CA #PCH #pineapple #coast #ocean


La mer est très belle

19761323_1712227428805409_6975251794666455040_n.jpg“Time is more complex near the sea than in any other place, for in addition to the circling of the sun and the turning of the seasons, the waves beat out the passage of time on the rocks and the tides rise and fall as a great clepsydra.” – John Steinbeck


Let’s Be Mermaids

Mermaid fraps ??
#CrystalCove #CA #California #rainyday #letsbemermaids #ocean #starbucks #sea #cookie