Friday, February 5, 2010

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

I'm at a digital history conference today at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
This is a lovely site for a conference.
Even with the icky drippy weather the place is pretty.

I could go on and on about how fascinating this conference is.
No really, it is.
Lots of librarians (or as it is pronounced here lie-berry-ins), archivists, museum curators, state and county recordkeepers, and historians that are digitizing and making accessible images, maps, oral histories, movies, books and records.
All from Texas.

This is hugely exciting.
The keynote was given by a doctor in history from the University of North Texas.
Great speech.
All about how he is using digital objects to teach history.
How our efforts to digitize materials helps him do his job.

How the things that we put online are providing students with historical information that they would never have had access to before.

And the place is pretty too.
Can't really knock that.

Stone buildings
Tranquil places to sit and enjoy

And then there is this.
The gift shop
Be still my heart.

They have earrings
Lots and lot of earrings

Adorable vintage style aprons.
I think I'm in love.

And more earrings.
My visa card is going to hate me.



  1. Put down the Visa card and back away slowly with your hands in the air.

  2. Beautiful surroundings, an interesting speaker and Earrings?? Be still my heart.
    Pay no attention to Captain Dumbass's comment...

  3. Beautiful photos - I want to go there!

    Digital history? I was imagining that to be 'The history of all things digital' and thinking 'this will be a short conference.'

    Thank you for explaining. And it's true - the things I've been able to access on the internet are just amazing, including very old photos and records. It's a fantastic tool.

  4. Are you planning a giveaway!! ;)

    What's not to love about anything called the Wildflower Center? Very beautiful.

    Please do go on about what all you smart people talk about!

  5. ps. love your new look. And my giveaway statement is missing a question mark. oops. :)

  6. Maureen, never fear. The earrings were purchased. The Captain was ignored.

    Mama-face, I hadn't thought of a giveaway but that is doable. Let me think about it.

  7. Oh, this post - it makes me homesick.

  8. I LOVE the Lady Bird Center - I'm homesick like Jan. I hope you bought lots of earrings and I have to say I loved that pottery too. Lots of gorgeous "made in the hill country" stuff. Have fun!

  9. Oh wow! That is the most wondrous location!!!! I'm glad you are having a wonderful time!

  10. So how much damage did you do with your Visa?

    I love the statue in the first picture.