Linda Hall Library Opens Three New Online Exhibitions for Virtual Tours

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Linda Hall Library -- a world renowned independent research library dedicated to science, engineering and technology -- announces the launch of three new online exhibitions. Virtual visitors around the globe can explore the history of science innovations that made high-speed travel possible in "Flying Machines: A History of Early Innovation" and "Ribbons Across the Land: Building the U.S. Interstate Highway System" and also discover how artists and scientists popularized the identification and cataloging of North American birds in "Drawn from Nature: Art, Science, and the Study of Birds."

"We have a long history of digitizing our most popular exhibitions to make them widely available to those who were unable to see them during their original installation at the Library -- or for those who wish to revisit them," said Lisa Browar, president of the Linda Hall Library. "The appearance of these new online exhibitions are another virtual step toward our goal of bringing science to life in relevant, engaging ways, both for our Kansas City metropolitan community and for the scientifically curious around the world."

The Library contracted with Lifted Logic, a Kansas City web designer, to digitize the three new curated exhibitions that feature items from the Library's collection of rare books, photographs, manuscripts and artwork. Each exhibition includes source links to the Library's collections and are enriched with video presentations by the acknowledged experts who presented at the Library during the exhibitions' original runs.

Flying Machines: A History of Early Aviation -- Explore human ingenuity in the pursuit of taking flight, from hot-air balloons and steerable airships to the Wright Brothers first successful flight at Kitty Hawk. Video presentations include:

    --  "From Drones to Flying Cars: New Frontiers in Human-Technology
        Interaction" with Duke University Professor Missy Cummings

Ribbons Across the Land: Building the U.S. Interstate Highway System -- Narrow and often unpaved roads in America were nearly impossible to navigate until President Eisenhower envisioned "broader ribbons across the land" and signed the Federal Highway Act of 1956, opening over 32,000 miles of Interstate highways with another 4,000 under construction within 15 years. Video presentations include:

    --  "The Missouri Hyperloop" panel discussion led by Kansas City Star
        journalist Steve Kraske
    --  "Rust Never Sleeps: Road Trip in Search of Solutions to America's
        Infrastructure Crisis" with author/journalist Dan McNichols

Drawn from Nature: Art, Science, and the Study of Birds -- Artists, scientists and amateur bird watchers popularized the study of North American birds, leading to the founding of the National Audubon Society and the first edition of A Field Guide to the Birds (which sold out during the Great Depression). Video presentations include:

    --  "The Evolution of Beauty" with Yale University professor of ornithology
        Richard Prum
    --  "389 Bird Species on the Brink" with National Audubon Society climate
        scientist Dr. Brooke Bateman

The Library's online exhibitions can be conveniently enjoyed on a self-guided basis or used as valuable supplemental resources for educators, particularly for STEM curriculum in grades 6 through 12.

Popular exhibitions previously digitized by the Library for virtual visitors to explore include:

    --  Paper Dinosaurs 1824-1969
    --  Blade and Bone: The Discovery of Human Antiquity
    --  The Atomic Age
    --  Thinking Outside the Sphere: Views of the Stars from Aristotle to
    --  The Grandeur of Life: A Celebration of Charles Darwin and the Origin of
    --  Ice: A Victorian Romance
    --  Out of This World: The Golden Age of the Celestial Atlas
    --  The Transcontinental Railroad
    --  Women's Work: Portraits of 12 Scientific Illustrators from 17th to 21st
    --  Napoleon and the Scientific Expedition to Egypt
    --  The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal
    --  Centuries of Civil Engineering
    --  Vulcan's Forge and Fingal's Cave
    --  Voyages: Scientific Circumnavigations 1679-1859
    --  The Face of the Moon: Galileo to Apollo

By the end of 2020, the Library will add more digital exhibitions including "Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters"; "Connecting the Dots: The Science of CSI"; and "Mapping the Moon: Lunar Cartography from Galileo to Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter."

As a world renowned independent research library, the Linda Hall Library, located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, is dedicated to science, engineering and technology. Since 1946, the Library has taken pride in preserving scientific innovations of the past (the collection includes rare books from Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Marie Curie, among others) while offering enlightening onsite and livestream programs and events that demonstrate the intersection of science and modern life. To learn more, visit

SOURCE Linda Hall Library