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Augmented Reality and The Wende Museum

by Jen O’Leary Augmented Reality in Museums Augmented Reality (AR) is becoming a widespread technology in museums as curators, educators and archivists explore ways to integrate users into their exhibits, create interactive learning environments, and exhibit different types of media … Continue reading

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The Little Witch: a Case Study in Categorization

by Russel Altamirano This past summer I had the incredible opportunity to work at The Wende Museum as a Collections and Curatorial Intern. I assisted the Audiovisual Archivist and Chief Curator on research projects involving the museum’s expansive collection of … Continue reading

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Cold War Siren Saved!

by Kelsey Picken and Joseph Harper Until the end of 2013, a Cold War era siren stood to alert local citizens of nuclear attack at the corner of Sixth Street and Mills Avenue in Claremont, California. Although no longer in … Continue reading

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Hungarian Communism and the Revision of History

George Orwell stated in his novel 1984 “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” While it may seem that the immediate past is impossible to revise, most of history is open … Continue reading

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Volunteer Profile: John Ahouse

For the first in an occasional series profiling staff, volunteers, and friends of the Wende, we spent some time with Special Collections Curator John Ahouse. Perhaps unbeknownst to his colleagues, who revere his deep knowledge of Cold War history, John … Continue reading

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“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him”

– John F. Kennedy Above all the Cold War was fought at the cultural front. To think of culture, especially the fine arts, as a front or even as a weapon that transports and exports ideological ideas and is used … Continue reading

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Skoda: the Eastern Bloc’s Model Automobile Manufacturer

   While exploring the artworks in the Hungarian Collection, I stumbled upon a relief depicting two workers in a machine factory that had the logo of Skoda Auto in the bottom left. The logo immediately caught my attention because of my … Continue reading

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