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One Short Day in the Volcano-Destroyed City

Last week, the Fleeman family ventured to Ancient Rome with a trip to the California Science Center for their special Pompeii exhibit. I know embarrassingly little about Rome for a history major, as evidenced by the following conversation: Katie: I wasn’t really planning on going to Greece during my Europe trip. Scott: Pompeii is in … Continue reading

“Unfamiliar Fishes”: My Hawaiian Travel Guide

Aloha! I’ve been in Hawaii for several days now, and in typical Fleeman Family form (and much to the chagrin of my brother) we spent a good portion of our time in MUSEUMS. I’ll blog more about those soon, but I wanted to post a quickie about my vacation pre-read: Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell. The … Continue reading

“Your band stinks”

There’s a recent article in California Magazine making its way around my newsfeed this week. “Pied Paupers?” looks at the budget situation with the University of California Marching Band. (TL;DR: the university doesn’t give them much.) This article is reminiscent of “Spirit on a Shoestring,” an article California Magazine ran in 2011 also describing the … Continue reading

That one time U$C did something actually kind of nice

Earlier this week the PAC 12 Band page erupted into massive flame war. (I’d left that pages ages ago but lowkey rejoined just to see what all the fuss was about.) So for this Throwback Thursday, at the risk of starting a flame war of a different kind, I feel like talking about that time the … Continue reading

Oh it’s beer beer beer…

Tuesday night, Gabe and I went to the San Francisco Historical Society’s November talk. The talk, entitled “The 150 Year Cycle of Brewing in San Francisco,” focused on the historical trends affecting brewing in San Francisco. And it came with a free bottle of Anchor Steam! In typical historical society fashion, I was the youngest … Continue reading

One Short Day in the Not #Shutdown City

Last week I went to DC for the ASAP Awards. Along the way, I went on some adventures with Miranda and Lizz. And these were better than normal adventures – these were MUSEUM adventures. With a gnome! A few highlights/big picture thoughts. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Miranda and I stopped by here to check … Continue reading

Cal Had a Department of Home Economics? Part I

Hey Katie, what are you writing your thesis on? Marriage education at UC Berkeley …There was marriage education at UC Berkeley? Yup, in the Department of Home Economics …We had a Department of Home Economics??? So goes a typical conversation about my senior thesis. I recently reread one of my favorite historical monographs: The Academic … Continue reading

1776 and the Perils of Historical Performance

Yesterday the federal government shut down, and in honor of the occasion I went to see a play about how our government almost failed to begin. I’m talking about 1776, a musical play about our Founding Fathers, finishing its last week at ACT. 1776 is one of those musicals you tell people you’re going to … Continue reading

Shaping SF: Radical Archiving and Cataloging as Social History

Yesterday, I went to Shaping SF’s public talk on “Radical Archiving and Cataloguing as Social History.”  Part of a larger series, the talk featured an archivist from the Oakland Museum of California’s All Of Us Or None poster collection and two archivists from the Freedom Archives. As the title implies, the theme was Radical Archiving, or … Continue reading