Welcome to Clio
CLIO is dedicated to developing innovative American history projects that are designed to attract students, inform educators and researchers, and appeal to a wide public audience. We explore how historians, photographers, journalists and artists enhance and deepen our knowledge of the past by engaging history from a variety of perspectives. We value words and images equally.
Lowell Thomas and Lawrence of Arabia: Making a Legend, Creating History
Searching for a World War I success story entrepreneurial American journalist, Lowell Thomas, encounters an extraordinary figure in Jerusalem: a British army officer, T.E. Lawrence, who, dressed in Arab robes, had helped capture the Turkish port of Akaba. With a cameraman in tow and a ton of equipment, Thomas follows Lawrence into the desert, turns his footage into a multimedia spectacle seen by millions, and helps create “Lawrence of Arabia.’’ Lawrence’s new celebrity and brilliant mind earn him a seat at the table when the map of the Middle East is redrawn. This exhibit is the story of how journalism can create legends and such legends can make history. Enter exhibit >
Photography is the great divide in the development of visual history. Images captured through a lens shape and alter perceptions of historical memory; they can provide both authentic insights and misleading notions of the past. Clio features one-of-a-kind online exhibits about early American women photographers Frances Benjamin Johnston, Mary and Frances Allen and The Peter Palmquist Gallery, presenting the work of Abigail E. Cardozo, Emma Olive O’Connor, Nellie Tichnor McGraw, and Elizabeth W. Withington. Enter exhibits >
Picturing the Past: Illustrated Histories and the American Imagination, 1840-1900
Visual images are viewed today as indispensable aids to the study of history, but this has not always been the case. By focusing on the production history of two major illustrated histories from the mid-nineteenth century, this interactive exhibit suggests how visual images gradually became first acceptable, then desirable, and finally indispensable to historical thinking.
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“Send out an old quilt”: Quilts as Homespun War Memorials
Close examination of commemorative textiles reveals history and memory intertwined in material culture, with highly selective stories, political sentiments, and visual marks of hardship and trauma. The fabrics, patterns, colors, and stitches in quilts connect relationships, events, and causes, privileging certain war experiences and leaving out others. Although quilts cannot tell the whole story of war, they express significant war-time sentiment and capture unwritten memories.
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The image atop Clio’s homepage is a Fourth of July parade in Provo, Utah, about 1913. The driver of the car is Birdie Van Wagenen, the first woman in Provo to get a driver’s license, and the woman standing in the car is Provo’s “Goddess of Liberty.” From the private collection of Lola Van Wagenen.