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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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Happy Intergalactic Holidays from the USSR

While perusing the museum catalog searching for holiday inspiration, I stumbled upon a beautiful set of Christmas ornaments from the former Soviet Union. But, because open religious practice was often frowned upon, I suppose they aren’t technically Christmas ornaments; holiday … 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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“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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The Politics of Contraception in the GDR

When the crude wooden contraption to the right was unpacked, I heard (and occasionally participated in) variations of the following conversation at least half a dozen times in the space of five hours. “What on earth is that?” “It’s an … Continue reading

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