High Heels, Femininity and International Women’s Day

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From the Bata Shoe Museum. Silk shoes with yellow silk covered heels.
Possibly French, 1760s.

In honor of this year’s International Women’s Day, I attended a lecture put on by Herstories Cafe. It happened last Wednesday night at the Bata Shoe Museum (reason enough to attend, in my opinion!) and featured senior curator Elizabeth Semmelhack speaking about the history of the high heel. To supplement her already-fascinating topic, Semmelhack had an awesome slideshow that juxtaposed historical images (paintings, photographs, advertisements) with images from shoes in museum’s collection. Continue reading

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Historians: As obsolete as the VCR?

How will the role of a historian change with the abundance of information in our digital world? As hard as it will be for historians to share the growing pool of information with non-historian people, I think that the role of a historian will ultimately always be valued. Historians will still continue to publish in reputable peer reviewed, academic journals; something that would be hard for non-historians to do. Historians will also possess the academic training that amateurs lack, and most importantly, let’s not forget about all the things civilization has amassed over the centuries. We still need specially trained people to take care of artifacts and interpret old documents and letters, among countless other things. Continue reading