Several months ago we were contacted by staff from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. They were putting together a major new exhibition on American maritime history, and were interested in using the image to the left.
The search for "Eugene Robinson's Floating Palaces" turned into something of a wild goose chase, but we located the image within the Leonard Huber papers, Collection 879. Our work wasn't over yet - we still had to scan the image at an extremely high resolution to meet the Smithsonian's exhibition needs.
We just learned that the exhibit is opening very soon, and we encourage our friends and readers in Washington D.C. to check out what promises to be a fantastic new exhibit. "On the Water: Stories from Maritime America" opens the weekend of Saturday, May 23. If you can't make it to exhibit in person, you can get more information online. We are delighted to have been able to contribute to this effort.
Posted by Eira Tansey.
(Image of Eugene Robinson's Floating Palaces, Leonard Huber papers, Collection 879, Manuscripts department, Special Collections, Tulane University Libraries. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)