Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Young Historians: Calder inspired 1930's Cavendish

We are working on creating scenes (person, place or event) of Cavendish in the 1930s, using the techniques that the artist Alexander Calder used in his Circus from the same time period. We will be watching a clip of Calder Circus and have books available in the library.

In keeping with the times of the 1930s, Calder used scraps of wire, clay, material, cork, wood to create his ringmaster, lion, horse and other circus people. Using this same idea, we will start today to create a 1930’s style Cavendish.

We are inviting the community to participate in this project and have set time aside for the next three Fridays (Jan. 27 and 29, and Feb. 5) from 2:45 to 4 pm. Please bring odds and ends to help with the project.

This week's timeline is 1932.

1932 History Timeline

Life Expectancy: Male 58.1 years; Female 61.6 years. Today’s life expectancy 75.6 for males and 80.8 for females

Average Salary: $1,368. In 2005, the average American salary, including benefits, was $31,410

Food Prices: Milk 14¢ a quart; Bread 9¢ a loaf; round steak 42¢ a pound. Today the same amount of milk sells for $1,70; a loaf of bread $1.70; and ground beef is $3.

Movies: Horse Feathers featuring the Marx Brothers; The Mummy starring Boris Karloff; A Farewell to Arms, starring Gary Cooper

Books: “Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder; “Brave New World,” by Aldous Huxley

Songs: “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” by Rudy Vallee, “All of Me” by Louis Armstrong; “Dinah” by Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers; “Chin Town My China Town”

• Franklin Roosevelt enters the presidential race. His campaign song is “Happy Days are Here Again.”
• Hattie Carraway becomes the first women elected to the US Senate. She is from Arkansas.

• In the Lake Placid, NY Winter Olympics, the US wins 10 gold medals

April 14: The atom is split. This sets the path for the development of the atomic bomb in World War II
• The Toronto Maple Leafs win the NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the New York Rangers
• Jack Benny has his first radio program sponsored by Canada Dry Ginger Ale

• Amerlia Earhart becomes the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean
• Pearl S. Buck wins the Pultizer Prize for “The Good Earth.”

• Federal gasoline tax takes effect
• Lou Gerhig ties record with four straight homeruns

• The Democratic Party nominates Franklin Roosevelt as its presidential candidate. In his acceptance speech, he introduces the phrase “New Deal.”
• The Summer Olympics open in Los Angeles

• The US Olympic teams win 16 gold medals
• Hitler predicts the Nazi Party’s “total victory.”

• Jimmy Doolittle is the first person to fly over 300 mph
• Wisconsin passes first unemployment insurance law

• Franklin Roosevelt urges five-day work week and federal aid for unemployed
• Einstein places age of Earth at 10 billion years
• The New York Yankees defeat the Chicago Cubs in win 29th World Series.
• Iraq joins League of Nations

• Franklin Roosevelt wins the presidential election
• The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated in Arlington National Cemetery
• Buck Rogers airs on CBS radio

• Telephone service established between Hawaii and US
• Radio City Music Hall Opens
• Academy Award given to Walt Disney for inventing his character Mickey Mouse.
• Army beats Navy in football game held every year since 1890
• 70,000 killed in massive earthquake in China

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