A modest proposal.

 

For generations, History, and her champions the Historians have been concerned primarily with truth- namely, with the task of finding the one Truth behind the events of Civilization and in doing so, dispel any lingering Untruths. We the members of the North American Pseudohistorical Society believe such endeavors to be, not only dull and tedious, but erroneous in thought. We believe most concretely that no such One Truth exists, but rather, that there exist multiple Truths, each no more valid a truth than the next.

Our mission, instead, is to find and celebrate multiple truths, and even untruths, if the story’s better. As humans, we live and breathe outside of the Text, and so, as pseudohistorians, aim for our work to live and breathe in a variety of media and methods. We strive to rigorously study, trusting the words of our hero, Herodotus; “Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: the conscientious historian will correct these defects.’

 

To this end, we have undertaken several small-scale endeavors. At times, these endeavors seek to mine deeply a narrow focus, as with our temporary institution, the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum (Which, it is worth noting, we were able to expand last summer with a new, permanent collection wing, along with several workshop sessions with the distinguished Will Foster. The later of which resulted in a fine collection of speleographic paragenetic studies of the area’s flora, fauna and hand washing stations.) Other times, we may sacrifice depth to cast our probational nets wide, as we did this past fall with the Center for Lacunal Inquiry. During this time, we shifted our focus from one particular place to nonplaces, exploring the various lacunae throughout the Columbus Museum of Art. Other past enterprises have included a wide range of subjects, including the surveyor cum prophet, P.T. Simmondinger, the ancient Earthworks of Newark Ohio, and the growing field of numerological historiography.

 

Having grown exponentially over the past year, we, the North American Pseudohistorical Society, respectfully propose a new study, bigger in scope and influence that previously attempted. Over the next year, we hope to explore the infinities of the finite, the terminal, in short, the ENDs that (cease to) exist around us. This proposed study and resulting exhibition would lean heavily, as always, on the help of volunteer research assistants, and drawfrom several sources with varying degrees of reliability, including public record, personal journals, historical websites and pure conjecture.

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Attn People With Skillz!

Attn People With Skillz!
Click above to see the collection thus far

Click above to see the collection thus far

We at the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum are committed to the ideas of sharing knowledge, inspiring curiosity and celebrating that which makes Northam Park, and its residents, unique. To this end we are offering a series of visitor driven workshops, free and open to the public, both to attend and to lead.

Do you have knowledge that you’d like to share? A skill that can be taught in 15 minutes or less? Would you like 15 minutes of Grandview’s attention? Maybe you just need a line on your resumé? If any or all or some combination of these is true, then this is your chance! Email crlynch2@gmail.com or fill out the form below to sign up to lead a workshop at the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum. (Please note, all workshop leaders will be required to furnish their own equipment. At this time the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum does not have electircal access.)
The 2013 workshop schedule is as follows:
September 2nd, 2013
10:30a – 10:45a
11:30a – 11:45a12:30p – 12:45p
1:30p – 1:45p
2:30p – 2:45p
3:30p – 3:45p
4:30p – 4:45p

 

 

I look forward to working with all of you!

Best,

Cat Lynch
Director, the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum

the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum is brought to you in part by the North American Pseudohistorical Society

P.T. Simmondinger – available online!

P.T. Simmondinger – available online!

Maybe you heard about last Tuesday’s lecture, Phillip Toland Simmondinger; the man the myth and the private literature thereof but didn’t make it-

Maybe this was because you live somewhat or very far away?

Maybe this was because you were unsure of what it was and decided, after a series of related misfortunes involving those who are not as they appear, to play it safe?

Maybe this was because you had finally worked up the nerve to ask out that librarian you’ve been thinking about ever since your eyes met in the reference section and the only night you both had free was last Tuesday and you suddenly felt that it had to be now or never?

Or maybe you planned to go up until the last minute when a small, fixable but grating emergency happened for which only you had a solution and by the time you were done setting things right you were tired and cross and you decided to just go home instead?

Maybe now you’re filled with regret that you missed it- Maybe this is even interfering with your daily life and relationships?

REST ASSURED-
Thanks to technology, you can now view the the lecture, in its entirety and in the comfort of your own home, here:

Click the image for an educational and artistic experience!

Click the image for an educational and artistic experience!

Tomorrow: An Artistic and Educational Lecture @ CMPL

Tomorrow: An Artistic and Educational Lecture @ CMPL

fabulist lecture_1_poster

Equal parts history, art and creative story-telling.

See here for more information regarding the Order of the Fabulists.

Solo Fotos – Thanksgiving

Solo Fotos – Thanksgiving
(also, shoutout to my mom who’s birthday is today- Happy Birthday!)

New(ly finished) Work! – The Life and Deaths of Mary Todd.

New(ly finished) Work! – The Life and Deaths of Mary Todd.

The Life and Deaths of Mary Todd, Part One. Cat Lynch. watercolor and thread, 2012.

 

The Life and Deaths of Mary Todd, Part Two. Cat Lynch. watercolor and thread, 2012.

 

The Life and Deaths of Mary Todd, Part Three. Cat Lynch. watercolor and thread, 2012.

 

The Life and Deaths of Mary Todd, Part Four. Cat Lynch. watercolor and thread, 2012.