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Recent writing by Allison C. Meier, from a New York Times op-ed on an island mass grave, to an in-depth exploration of a Bronx herbarium:

Art and Museums:

Fish at Mary Nohl’s House in Wisconsin

Native Americans through the 19th-century lens [Wellcome Collection]

Researchers Bury Their Noses in Books to Sniff Out the Morgan Library’s Original Smell [Hyperallergic]

Illustrating Carnival: Remembering the Overlooked Artists Behind Early Mardi Gras [The Public Domain Review]

Saving the Art and Home of Mary Nohl, Whose Neighbors Called Her a Witch [Hyperallergic]

Hopi Visions: Journey of the Human Spirit at the DMA [Glasstire]

The Only Five Public Statues of Historic Women in NYC [Hyperallergic; It was cited by Rebecca Solnit in her “City of Women” essay in the 2016 Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas]

Rena Detrixhe Is Transforming Oklahoma’s “Red Dirt” into Elegant Tapestries [Artsy]

Artist Damien Echols Embraces the Magic Symbols that Helped Send Him to Death Row [Hyperallergic]

First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone at the Nasher [Glasstire]

The Washing Away of Wrongs: Photographs from the World’s Largest Human Decomposition Center [Hyperallergic]

How Art Historians Cracked the Case of Enigmatic Japanese Painter Hasegawa Tōhaku [Artsy]

The Robots Being Built to Cross the US-Mexico Border [Hyperallergic]

A Blind Legend, an All Audio Video Game [GOOD]

Walk Inside a Gothic Prayer Bead in a VR Experience at the Cloisters [Hyperallergic]

Ilonka Karasz, 20th-Century Designer of Modernism, New Yorker Covers, & Nurseries, Receives Her Due [Art & Object]

The Vivid Violence and Divine Healing of Ex-Voto Paintings [Hyperallergic]

When Landscape Painting Was Protest Art [JSTOR Daily]

How the Renaissance Remembered Death with Grotesquely Detailed Memento Mori Objects [Hyperallergic]

Climbing into a Mortuary Drawer to Smell the Scents of JFK’s Last Moments [Hyperallergic]

The Unsung Female Muses of New York’s Public Sculpture [Hyperallergic]

Marking an Artist’s Forgotten Grave with His Own Sculpture of Death [Hyperallergic]

How the Invasive Plants of New York Represent the City’s Colonial Past [Hyperallergic]

The Wartime Quilts Made by Men from Military Uniforms [Hyperallergic]

History:

Minik and the Meteorite [Narratively]

The Fiji Mermaid: How a Fake Monster Crept Into Our Museums [Hyperallergic]

The Webcam of Jeremy Bentham, an 18th-Century Philosopher’s Skeleton [Hyperallergic]

The Lake Monsters of America Map (research and editing for the map, text for article) This map later appeared in the best-selling book Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders. [Atlas Obscura]

Clara, the 18th-Century Rhinoceros Who Became a Sensation [Mental Floss]

Numbers Instead of Names on the Forgotten Graves of Asylum Patients [Atlas Obscura]

A Visit to New York City’s New Subterranean Archaeological Repository [Hyperallergic]

The Most Metal Cemetery in New York [Slate]

The First Sculptures of Dinosaurs at London’s Crystal Palace Park [Hyperallergic]

Dinosaur at Crystal Palace Park in London
Dinosaur at Crystal Palace Park in London

Holloways: Roads Tunneled into the Earth by Time [Atlas Obscura]

Caroline Weldon, 19th Century Indigenous Rights Advocate and Sitting Bull’s Secretary [Mental Floss]

Before the Garden Gnome, the Ornamental Hermit: A Real Person Paid to Dress like a Druid [Atlas Obscura]

Mythical Beasts Created With Taxidermy [Mental Floss]

The Forgotten First Woman Violinist to Perform on the American Stage [Hyperallergic]

Relics of Horse-Drawn Transportation [Mental Floss]

Essential Guide: Taxidermy Heroic Animals (This article was later redeveloped and sold as a postcard series) [Atlas Obscura]

How Zarafa, France’s First Giraffe, Became a Cultural Sensation [Hyperallergic]

The Modest Victorian Proposal to Electroplate Corpses Into Beautiful Statues [Atlas Obscura]

Double Sunsets and Peasants with Pitchforks in the Trials of 18th Century Balloonists [Atlas Obscura]

The Smithsonian Conserves Blood Pools and Charred Skeletons from 1940s Crime Dioramas [Hyperallergic]

Mount Moriah: Exploring an Abandoned Philadelphia Cemetery [Slate]

A Tale of Two Explorers: Frederick Cook & Robert Peary [Brooklyn Based]

Curious Quack Remedies From the Age of Patent Medicine [Mental Floss]

Belle Starr the Bandit Queen: How a Southern Girl Became a Legendary Southern Outlaw [Atlas Obscura]

The Enigma of Edinburgh’s Miniature Coffins [Mental Floss]

Science and Nature:

Skull at the Smithsonian Marine Mammals Collection

The Ancient Forests That Have Defied Urbanization [CityLab]

Why a Bronx Herbarium of 7.8 Million Plants Is One of New York’s Most Valuable Resources [Hyperallergic]

Last Midnight of the Steam Whistles [Atlas Obscura]

The Singularly Curious Weeping Elm [Brooklyn Based]

Drone Baristas, Smart Tables and More From the Restaurant of Tomorrow [Per La Mente]

The Smallest Mollusk Museum Brings Science Education to Unexpected Places [Hyperallergic]

From Blue Whale Skull to Narwhal Tusks, Behind-the-Scenes at the Smithsonian Marine Mammals Collection [Atlas Obscura]

America’s Mysterious Lost Tree [JSTOR Daily]

A Forest Elegy for the Rapidly Vanishing American Hemlock Tree [Hyperallergic]

Two Martyrs of Science Rest Hand-in-Hand in Pere Lachaise Cemetery [Atlas Obscura]

How a Smithsonian Naturalist’s Skeleton Ended Up on View at the Museum [Hyperallergic]

Architecture and Cities:

Exploring the New Orleans Village Where You Can Play the Buildings [Hyperallergic]

Caring for a Community of the Dead [Order of the Good Death]

The Geodesic Dome Dreams of Quebec [Hyperallergic]

Studying the Design of a 19th-Century Mental Asylum [Hyperallergic]

Ruins of a Human Zoo at the Forgotten Edge of Paris [Atlas Obscura]

The Spite House, an Architectural Phenomenon Built on Rage and Revenge [Hyperallergic]

Midwestern Futurism: The Endangered Legacy of Architect Bruce Goff [Hyperallergic]

Long Abandoned Clock Tower is Returning to Life in Queens [Atlas Obscura]

The Seductive Currents of Electricity Pylons [Hyperallergic]

New York City’s Trash Is a Museum of Treasure [Hyperallergic]

The Well-Trodden Art of the Manhole Cover in New York City [Hyperallergic]

Opinion and Personal Essays:

The Graves of Forgotten New Yorkers [New York Times]

On the Trail of New York’s Greatest Trees [CityLab and Narratively]

Eulogy for One of NYC’s Oldest Manhole Covers [Hyperallergic]

The Art of Accumulation at a New Orleans Shrine to the Plague Saint [Hyperallergic]