What I’m Reading: Summer Edition

  • Julia Child’s spatulas.  This Smithsonian National Museum of American History blog post features my hero, and discusses the problems preservationists face when dealing with the relatively quick deterioration of modern materials.

  • A pyramid on the National Mall?  In November, a fascinating new exhibit from the National Building Museum will explore what D.C. could have looked like if some proposed buildings and monuments had ever been constructed.  “Unbuilt Washington will feature unrealized proposals for noteworthy architectural and urban design projects in Washington, D.C., and its environs from the 1790s to the present.”
  • Educational food. Restaurateur Michael Babin recently helped a develop sustainable farm on the grounds of Woodlawn, a 128-acre National Trust Historic Site in Alexandria, VA., called the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture.  The farm won’t just grow and sell local produce, it will also resurrect the property’s past:

When Woodlawn was built c. 1805 for George Washington’s nephew Major Lawrence Lewis and his wife, Nelly Custis Lewis, the estate spanned about 2,000 acres, and scores of workers cultivated fields producing fruits and vegetables. Few records of Woodlawn’s early farming operations survive, but historians know that the Lewises experimented with new agricultural techniques and took many of their cues from Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, just a few miles away.

  • Better late than never. Although the holiday has come and gone, I loved this article in the New York Times about the forgotten history of Memorial Day.
  • And finally….To welcome summer, enjoy this lovely post from Design*Sponge about rooftop gardens.

2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Summer Edition

  1. What a neat post! I lived in DC years ago and recently went back for a visit. I really enjoyed the Julia Childs exhibit at the Smithsonian. Thanks for posting this.

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