Amy Ciesielski

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Name: Amy Ciesielski
Date registered: September 6, 2013

Latest posts

  1. Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day — January 18, 2016
  2. Bull Street, Segregated — December 15, 2015
  3. Supercomputers, Nitrate, and Death-as-an-Interface — November 17, 2015
  4. HMD 2015 Recap: Kodachrome, Film Reels, and Cesar Romero — November 9, 2015
  5. 45 Years of “Awareness” — November 3, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. Filming the Wreck of the SS Eastland: Harry Birch and the Making of a Chicago News Family — 1 comment
  2. How George Lucas May Have Saved Babe Ruth — 1 comment
  3. Home Movie Day a Smashing Success — 1 comment
  4. The Dance Marathon Fad of the 1920s and 1930s — 1 comment
  5. Onboard USS Knox: a Home Movie from the Pacific Theater of Operations During World War II — 1 comment

Author's posts listings

Jan 18

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day


This episode of SCETV’s For the People program, part of the South Carolina Arts Commission collection, aired on January 23, 1976. It covers the January 15 demonstrations in Columbia, SC, pressing for the creation of a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. The episode includes interviews with several demonstrators and speeches …

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Dec 15

Bull Street, Segregated


This blog entry was written by Public History M.A. student Clara Bertagnolli as part of a project for the University of South Carolina Fall 2015 course, FILM 710: Media and Archives. Each student was tasked with the job of designing a project using archived media. Students were encouraged to take advantage of the resources available …

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Nov 17

Supercomputers, Nitrate, and Death-as-an-Interface


This guest post was written by Evan Meaney, Assistant Professor of Media Arts in the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design. Professor Meaney’s work centers around the belief that the aspirations and possibilities of art are bound to the technologies that support them. Those technologies, as embodied in specific media, are …

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Nov 09

HMD 2015 Recap: Kodachrome, Film Reels, and Cesar Romero


Another successful Home Movie Day! We are grateful to partners Historic Columbia and The Nickelodeon, to the families who submitted home movies for screening, and to all of you who came out to celebrate. More than 50 Columbians dropped by during the Soda City Farmers Market to chat with our staff about the challenges of preserving and …

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Nov 03

45 Years of “Awareness”


Join us on November 12th in celebrating 45 years of WIS-TV’s Awareness. Founded in 1970, Awareness was an innovative news magazine program made entirely by African Americans for a Black audience. The show remains on the air to this day. Original host J.P. Neal Jr., and former host Jackie Johnson will discuss the creation and …

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Sep 24

The Significance of “Felicia” and Preserving Nontheatrical Film


The School of Visual Art and Design, along with University Libraries, invited North Carolina State University Professor Dr. Marsha Gordon to USC on September 17 and 18. Below, Dr. Gordon describes her visit, and discusses the film Felicia and the importance of preserving nontheatrical films. I was invited to come down to University of South …

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Aug 27

MIRC, Historic Columbia, and The Nickelodeon Team Up for Home Movie Day 2015


Join USC Libraries’ Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) and Historic Columbia at The Nickelodeon Theatre for Columbia’s annual Home Movie Day event. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 17th, members of the community are invited to attend the free, family-friendly screening. Refreshments will be available and prizes will be awarded. MIRC staff will …

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Aug 19

Elinor Smith: The “Flying Flapper”


When conjuring images of pilots flying during the 1920s and 1930s, the names that most easily leap to mind are Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh. Earhart may be the most widely known aviatrix today, but in the early years of aviation, there were many women pushing the boundaries of aeronautics. Elinor Smith was one of these …

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Jul 14

Filming the Wreck of the SS Eastland: Harry Birch and the Making of a Chicago News Family


One hundred years ago this week, the Western Electric Co. in Chicago hosted its employees on the SS Eastland for a day of relaxation, a day away from work, a day together as a family. Over two thousand employees boarded the Great Lakes passenger ship while it was moored on the Chicago River. It was raining. …

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Jun 29

APEX trip to Buenos Aires, June 2015

View of the Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosado.

Lydia Pappas, MIRC Assistant Director and Curator, was honored to have been selected to participate in the now annual APEX trip, run by New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program (MIAP). Lydia happily agreed to take part in a two-week visit to the Museo del Cine in Buenos Aires, Argentina from the 1st …

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