Kristen Hayashi is spending her summer becoming immersed in the early history of the automobile and its influence on Los Angeles as part of a project to inventory objects on display in The Streetscape: The Car and the City in Southern California, an exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. This work is part of an inventory and deinstallation project that collection staff from the History Department at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is undertaking. As part of this project, Hayashi is inventorying objects that were selected for display when the Natural History Museum established the Petersen Automotive Museum as a satellite museum in the early 1990s. In this photograph, she is inventorying swages, hammers, and tongs—a small sampling of the diverse blacksmith tool grouping on display in the Breer Blacksmith Shop diorama within the Streetscape exhibition.
After a year in Greece as a Regular Member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Ph.D. candidate Colin Whiting spent the last month in Rome as a teaching assistant for two classes taught in tandem (History 110/190) by Professor Michele Salzman. Over the four weeks there, they visited a number of sites in Rome chronologically, starting with the victory temples dedicated by generals in the Roman Republic and ending with a tour of the excavations beneath St. Peter’s basilica. They also had a chance to take day trips out to Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli and the town of Ostia, as well as a weekend trip to the bay of Naples to visit Pompeii. Colin was responsible for preparing site plans and handouts for the various visits, delivering a number of site reports and reports on museum items, organizing public transportation options, and the usual grading, grading, grading. He says that it was a lot of fun (of course, he was in Rome!) and a lot of work with a great group of students. He’ll be back in California in August working on his dissertation (and undoubtedly missing the gelato).