News Display: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Is Published, Monday, 10/31Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context. Be sure to check the news postings on Learning at the Library, where you can delve into history.
On October 31, 1892, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle was published in book form in London by George Newnes after appearing as installments in The Strand Magazine and other popular magazines. Doyle was a Scotsman who studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh where he met Dr. Joseph Bell, inspiration for the greatest fictional detective of all time. Sherlock Holmes, a "consulting detective", is famed to this day for his powers of observation and logical reasoning, as well as his knowledge of forensic science. He is widely adapted into stage and radio plays, television, films, video games, and other media -- prompting us to explore the news of the 1892 book publication.
American information technology entrepreneur and inventor, Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011), was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. which he co-founded with Steve Wozniak in 1976. His revolutionary products include iPod, iPhone and iPad which transformed the way we experience technology, as well as major industries, like music and mobile communications. A technology leader, Jobs was closely involved with Pixar Animation Studios, which produced immensely popular and award-winning movies, like "Toy Story."
Jobs died on October 5, 2011, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. News will feature stories about Steve Jobs -- his life, career, and impact. Be sure to check out his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, How to Live Before You Die for further insight.
On October 14, 1964 Georgian-born, Baptist Minister Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his nonviolent resistance to racial discrimination. Influenced by the philosophies and practices of Mohandas Ghandi, King organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the first of a series of peaceful protests aimed at ending racial segregation. He donated the Nobel prize money to the Civil Rights Movement and continued to fight for the rights of poor Americans until his assassination by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to house the large contemporary art collection of mining tycoon Solomon Guggenheim, the Guggenheim Museum opened its doors to the awestruck public on October 21, 1959. It was itself considered a work of art, resembling in white concrete a sea shell with a long ramp spiraling up from a large rotunda. Space, light, and fluidity resulted from the unique design which incorporated a glass dome.
Thousands of people lined Fifth Avenue to see the breathtaking museum and its amazing art, which offered works by Paul Klee, Vasily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, and many other internationally renowned artists.
Today the Guggenheim Museum draws over a million visitors annually, and it has expanded to include sister museums in Venice, Bilbao, Berlin, and Abu Dhabi.
Solomon Guggenheim purchased the lot at 89th Street in 1944, following unsuccessful negotiations with Teachers College regarding the establishment of an art center.
Connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River, the Erie Canal opened on October 26, 1825. After more than two years of digging by mostly Irish laborers, the 425-mile long Erie Canal would prove a highly successful and cost effective means not only to transport goods, but to encourage re-settlement in Western New York, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Responsible for spearheading the project, Governor DeWitt Clinton of New York presided at the opening ceremonies and rode Seneca Chief, the canal boat, all the way from Buffalo to New York City.
Our news display will showcase the economic and cultural impact of the Erie Canal, not forgetting Bruce Springsteen's rendition of the popular song, recorded live from Dublin with the Seeger Sessions Band.