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Author: Rachelle Hardy

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Library Announces $75K Fundraising Goal

Caldwell Lighting Chandelier

Novices, experts, students, and scholars agree that the extraordinary collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Library are the premier resource in the United States for books, trade catalogs, serials, pictures, and archival material covering design and decorative art from the Renaissance to the present.  The National Design Library features more than 6,500 treasures including 16th century lace patterns guides, rare 18th century brass and furniture trade catalogs, historic home decorating periodicals, and over 700 pop-up books.

From Hanzaki to Hellbender

Like Wade, following the names and descriptions associated with the Japanese Giant Salamander (Hynobius nebulosus, Andrias japonicus, Cryptobranchidae, just to name a few) finally led me to the Smithsonian Channel’s Nick Baker, and his adventures with the Hellbender, North America’s own Giant Salamander Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures. Yes, I knew I was back in the States when reading out the aliases of the Hellbender–“snot otter,” “mud-devil,” “grampus.”