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Taylor Swift illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Taylor Swift Makes History

Taylor Swift continues to make history time and time again. As her 5 star album folklore debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 this week with over 846k equivalent albums making her the only artist in history to have 7 albums sell half a million copies of a studio album in a week. This marks Taylor’s seventh consecutive #1 entry on the Top 200 and 6th consecutive studio album with over 800,000 albums in the first week folklore stands out as the top selling album of 2020 with global sales over 2 million worldwide and over half a billion total streams on audio and video in just one week. What’s even more impressive, it is the biggest album debut by an artist since Taylor Swift last released her award-winning album, Lover, just 11 months ago! On top of this, folkore has achieved “the longest consecutive run at #1 since 2016” with six straight weeks atop the Billboard 200. 

Additional stats on the release of folklore below:

USA

  • #1 Billboard 200 debut with over 846,000 albums first week
  • #1 Billboard Alternative Album
  • Biggest first week album of 2020 and since Lover in 2019
  • Biggest female album streaming debut of 2020 with over 300M audio+video streams
  • Biggest first week album streams of Taylor’s career
  • Taylor’s 6th consecutive album with over 800,000 copies in the first week
  • Only artist in history with 7 albums to sell at least 500,000 copies in a single week
  • Debuted Top 16 songs on Spotify US Daily Top 200 chart
  • cardigan” #1 iTunes Song
  • cardigan” #1 Spotify Top 200 Song
  • cardigan” #1 YouTube Trending Video

GLOBAL

  • 2M album equivalents sold globally first week
  • Over half a billion audio + video streams first week
  • 1.3M album equivalents sold globally first day
  • 740K albums sold in China, biggest first week since Lover
  • Taylor holds the Top 2 album debuts by a Western artist in China
  • #1 iTunes Album in 85+ countries
  • Biggest female album debut of 2020 in the UK
  • Biggest female album streaming debut of 2020 in the UK
  • Biggest first week album streams of Taylor’s career in the UK
  • First and only artist in 21st century to score five #1 studio albums in the UK
  • Set record for Spotify first day female album global streams (80.6M)
  • Set record for Apple Music 24 hour Pop album streams (35.47M)
  • Set record for Amazon Music Indie Alternative album first day US and Global streams
  • Debuted Top 5 songs on Spotify Global Daily Top 200 chart
  • cardigan” debuted #1 Spotify Global Top 200 chart
  • cardigan” had the most Spotify Global Daily Streams of 2020 (7.74M)
  • cardigan” #1 Apple Music Top 100: Global Songs chart
  • cardigan” added to BBC Radio 1 A-List (UK)
  • exile” feat. Bon Iver Triple J Radio airplay (Australia)
  • folklore debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart claiming the highest Week 1 album consumption of 2020
  • folklore is Taylor Swift’s 6th #1 ARIA Album
  • folklore officially claims the biggest selling week 1 release in Ireland of 2020
  • Taylor Swift becomes the only female solo artist with the most Official Irish Albums Chart Number 1s this millennium
Green Car illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Quail Motorsports Gathering Award Finalists

The 2020 Quail Motorsports Gathering releases it’s award finalists for exemplary vehicles.

This year’s Quail Motorsports Gathering has published it’s automobile award finalists for the ‘Spirit of The Quail.’ The ‘Spirit of The Quail’ based on design, history, engineering, enduring relevance, and performance for its era. Below are the 2020 The Quail’s Digital Car Week ‘Spirit of The Quail’ Award Finalists:

  • Barry Connally’s 1964 Triumph Spitfire
  • Ann Brockinton Lee’s 1933 Duesenberg SJ
  • Joe Hurwich’s 1949 Alfa Romeo 6c 2500 SS Cabriolet by Pinin Farina
  • Fritz Kaiser’s 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400
  • Joseph Salvo’s 1967 Porsche 911 S Soft Window Targa
  • Joseph Storm’s 1969 Ferrari 365 GT

Tune into The Quail Events Social Media channels or The Petersen Automotive Museum’s YouTube Channel at 1:45pm PST on Friday, August 14 where the winner will be announced.

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Beyoncé - Black is King illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

A Gift From Beyoncé

‘Superb. Reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s Remember The Time!’Vaughn Lowery, 360 Magazine

By Mina Tocalini

Beyoncé’s new film “Black is King,” a celebration of the “breadth and beauty of Black ancestry”, released on Disney+ today. Similar to Beyoncé’s 2016 film, “Lemonade,” “Black is King” acts as a visual album to her soundtrack, “The Lion King: The Gift.” Black Is King” explores the “timeless lessons” from Lion King in a visually rich modern journey of Black empowerment and resilience.

Beyoncé announced her excitement for the film’s release via Instagram, while further acknowledging the impact of its release and message: “The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey… I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history.”

Beyoncé’s prideful film explores the Black experience and history through a young king’s story of “betrayal, love and self-identity.” Additionally, given the timing of its release, the film presents the necessity of honoring and telling stories from the Black perspective and that of any underrepresented community.

Simply put, the film is a celebratory visual journey of the Black experience. Initially the flow of the story seems interrupted and fast paced, but further on, it becomes clear that instead of following a linear narrative, it challenges the audience to find the connections within the short moments that frame each message.

Reiterating the same story we know and love is unnecessary, so rather, “Black is King” reinvents the Lion King through thematic experimentation intended to ignite pride in the Black identity. In a stunning collage of Afro-Soul music, narrative driven reflections and strikingly beautiful imagery, the film successfully expresses inspirational messages of hope, growth, love and community.

Some have critiqued the lavish presentation of Blackness via art, dance and fashion to be excessive and fast paced. Yet, this film’s message is focused on individuality and self love derived from the appreciation of Black culture. A culture of an entire continent and of Black communities around the world, it is anything but simple.

The immense detail in this film celebrates the complexity of Black beauty and the fast paced editing can not only be considered a reference to music video styles. It may originate from there, but can we not interpret it as being part of the overwhelming journey of defining your identity while struggling with the racial tensions in society.

Beyoncé did not create this to simply further enhance her image in a display of wealth, popular culture already associates her persona this way, we expect it and should not disregard the artistry for embracing it. She is simply using her power as a superstar to lead the unifying celebration, as should be done by those who can.

Additionally, Beyoncé is not the only star in “Black is King”, although American audiences may mainly recognize her. Emerging African artists such as Wizkid, Busiswa, Shatta Wale, Salatiel, Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Tekno, Moonchild Sanelly and Lord Afrixana were part of the album and in some in the film. Black American artists also include Kelly Rowland, 070 Shake, Childish Gambino, Jessie Reyez, Pharrell Williams, Nija, and Tierra Whack. The presence of these Black American legends establishes the familiarity necessary to create an alliance between both Black cultures and induce a movement of African diaspora celebration.

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Motorcycle illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Harley-Davidson Museum

The Harley-Davidson Museum is proud to announce new offerings and new partnerships that explore the rich history of the storied brand. Whether it’s a new campus walking tour, the H-D Museum’s Engines 101 class or the introduction of the Bar & Shield to visitors around the globe on Google’s Arts & Culture platform and app, the H-D Museum has you covered when it comes to experiencing freedom and adventure.

And MOTOR Bar & Restaurant waterfront patio is an open and airy spot to sip on summer’s good vibes. But no visit to 6th & Canal is complete without a stop at The Shop. New items include a special co-branded merchandise collection from Harley-Davidson and the Milwaukee Bucks.

As always, the safety of our guests is a top priority for the Harley-Davidson Museum. Guests may notice some changes during their visit. We encourage everyone to visit the H-D Museum website to learn more about what you can expect for your visit or to purchase tickets in advance.

TOUR OFFERINGS

Engines 101

Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun – 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m.

What is a powertrain? What makes the Milwaukee-Eight engine different? The Engines 101 class takes you inside the Milwaukee Eight engine and transmission. In a classroom setting, we break down the components and their functions while describing the performance of a 4-stroke engine. Engines 101 shows how an engine and transmission come together to make a powertrain. Advance tickets and more information can be found here.

H-D Museum Campus Walking Tour

Explore the campus of the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum and enjoy the great outdoors. This 20-acre site is the place to see and experience Harley-Davidson® history and culture. Download the PDF to your phone or mobile device and follow the path around the H-D Museum campus.

Google Arts & Culture

Google recently announced its partnership with 16 world-class Milwaukee institutions, including the Harley-Davidson Museum, bringing the city’s culture, people and stories, online on its Google Arts & Culture platform and app at g.co/Milwaukee. For the first time, anyone in the world can engage with organizations across the city and experience its celebratory culture (Milwaukee hosts more than 60 festivals in the summer alone). With summer festivals and vacations on pause, people can discover public art with Sculpture Milwaukee, student performances from the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, fine art tours from the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, production shots from the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, murals from Imagine MKE, Harley-Davidson history from the H-D Museum and more in one digital location.

Saturday H-D Museum Demo Rides

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Sept. 26

Visit the Museum campus Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and throw a leg over a 2020 motorcycle to experience the fun and freedom of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Visitors with their motorcycle endorsement will be able to choose from a dozen of the latest and greatest #FreedomMachines from Harley-Davidson, including Touring, Softail and Sportster models. A predetermined scenic route through the Menomonee Valley will give riders the chance to explore the Museum’s surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Demo Rides will run 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. weather-dependent.
  • Sign-up is on a first come first service basis.
  • Riders and passengers must be at least 18 years of age. 
  • Riders must hold a valid license with a motorcycle endorsement.
  • All riders and passengers must wear a helmet, eye protection, shirt, long pants and close toe shoes with heel strap.
  • All riders and passengers must bring their own riding gear.

NEW INSTALLATIONS

Stevan Dohanos painting, “Tex’s Motorcycle”

Dohanos, a frequent contributor to the “Saturday Evening Post,” enjoyed capturing his subjects as they were in real life. For this newly installed piece, Dohanos found his muse on a street in Georgetown, Connecticut. “Tex” Keller had decorated his saddle bags with nickel spots and covered his saddle with fur, putting his own flair on the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Though Dohanos probably didn’t title the work, many motorcyclists now refer to it as “Tex’s Motorcycle” and prints of it can be found in shops across the country. Now the original has found a home at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon” 

A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.”

THE SHOP

For the second consecutive year, the Milwaukee Bucks and Harley-Davidson Motor Company have teamed up to roll out a special co-branded merchandise collection available to fans globally. Available now in adult and youth sizes, the limited-edition line of T-shirts can be purchased at The Shop at the Harley-Davidson Museum, the Bucks Pro Shop inside Fiserv Forum, at select Harley-Davidson retail stores and online from both the Bucks Pro Shop and Harley-Davidson.

MOTOR BAR & RESTAURANT

Motor Bar & Restaurant, located on the H-D Museum campus is offering a limited menu available for dining inside or on one of our two waterfront patios – take your pick and have it made in the shade or check out the sun-splashed patio if you want a side of vitamin D. Delivery and carry-out are available for order with pick-up inside the MOTOR Can Room. Food and beverage purchased for carry-out may be taken away or enjoyed outdoors or on our campus with scenic views.

AUGUST SPECIALS

Teriyaki Wings: tossed with house made teriyaki, topped with cilantro, green onion and a lime wedge ($12.95)

The Breakfast Burger: 8-oz., hand-packed ground chuck patty stacked with smoky bacon, fried egg, tomato, red onion and cheddar cheese served on a toasted brioche bun ($14.95)

Wisconsin Beer Brats: Two locally made bratwursts, marinated in beer and onions. Served sizzling from the grill with sautéed onions and a side of spicy mustard ($15.95)

Caramel Apple Granny Pie: Deep-dish apple pie with toffee custard and caramel in a shortbread crust ($8.95)

MEDICAL FRONTLINE HEROES MONDAY

Receive 20% off when dining in Motor Bar & Restaurant on Mondays by providing verification of current or former employment at any hospital or doctor’s office (individual only). Valid through August 31, 2020. 

TACO TUESDAY

Join us every Tuesday for our weekly Chef’s choice taco special! Add a MOTOR Margarita for only $5.

FRIDAY FISH FRY

Visit MOTOR for our Friday AYCE Fish Fry! Every Friday, our All-You-Can-Eat Wisconsin Fish Fry is available all day, served with golden fried cod, crispy French fries, fresh jicama coleslaw, rye bread roll and tartar sauce for only $14.95.

H.O.G. MEMBER SPECIAL

Join us for a cold one. HOG Members eligible for $3 cans of Budweiser, Bud Light or Busch Light all day, every day.

And if you’re in the midst of planning your next corporate or social special occasion, the pros at 1903 Events are ready to execute your vision and ensure a safe and memorable gathering. Planning to host your event elsewhere? Check out MOTOR’s Offsite Catering Menu and we’ll bring those bold, American classics to you!

A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at H-DMuseum.com.

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Madam Walker House illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

The call to action by American citizens during this year has made us all rethink how we view American history. Protestors have demanded the nation target injustice and fix the systems that promote the unequal treatment of African Americans. The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund was founded at a similar time of crisis, after the 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to the creation of a national preservation campaign meant to uplift and honor the Black American experience.

 “The AACHAF was created out of the recognition that we in the field of preservation needed to do more,” said Brent Leggs, executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. “We realized that the American story we often tell repeatedly negates the transformative contributions of African Americans, whose capability, intellect, and creativity were and still are invaluable to the building of this nation. The Trust decided then and there to create the Action Fund as a way to help fill in those gaps. We realized that preservation of historic sites, where African Americans changed the American landscape, could be one way our nation comes to understand the need to create a more fair and just society. We saw a more inclusive approach to historic preservation as one step on the long road to heal the divisions between us.”

Through its African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, the Trust is investing more than $1.6 million in grants to 27 sites and organizations across 22 states and the District of Columbia. Thanks to our partnership and a generous grant provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we are funding communities to protect, restore, and interpret African American historic sites and uncover hidden narratives of the African American contribution to the American story. 

“The Action Fund plays a crucial role in elevating Black voices and stories in our national dialogue about arts and culture, and in expanding our collective knowledge and understanding of African-American history,” remarked Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander. “We are thrilled that the 2020 Action Fund grants will continue to provide transformative support to Black cultural organizations and heritage sites throughout the country.

Leggs underscored the importance of this work, noting, “The recipients of this funding exemplify centuries of African American resilience, activism, and achievement, some known and some yet untold, which tell the complex story of American history in the United States.  Over the past two years, the Action Fund has funded 65 historic African American places and invested more than $4.3 million to help preserve landscapes and buildings imbued with Black cultural heritage. With urgency and intention, the nation must value the link between architecture and racial justice and should fund these and other cultural assets to ensure their protection and preservation.”  

Grants are given across four categories: capacity building, project planning, capital, and programming and interpretation. The list of all 27 grantees and a short blurb about each is attached.  A link to a fuller web version of the list can be accessed HERE.

The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is a multi-year initiative led by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to make an important and lasting contribution to our cultural landscape by elevating the stories and places of African American resilience, activism, and achievement. 

For 70 years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has led the movement to save America’s historic places. A privately funded nonprofit organization, we work to save America’s historic sites, tell the full American story, build stronger communities, and invest in preserving the future.

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Bazaar Pattern illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Istanbul Bazaars

Istanbul is famous for many of her cultural diversity, but the bazaars could be one of the oldest. Take the Grand Bazaar for instance, constructed back at 1461, this is the oldest and one of the largest covered markets in the world. For centuries, the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul has been the biggest marketplace of the world. Let’s follow the trails of this Istanbul tradition until today.

Grand Bazaar: Constructed in 1461, the Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı), The Grand Bazaar is a must-see attraction for all İstanbul visitors. A center of authentic jewels, exquisite textiles, finest silk shawls, pottery, famous Turkish carpets, antiques, spices, lanterns, leather goods and all sorts of souvenirs, the area consists labyrinthine streets, passageways and corridors featuring 64 streets, around 5,000 shops and 22 entrances at a total of 45.000 square meters.

Today’s Grand Bazaar is not only a unique shopping destination but also a great historical site that, by walking through its lively streets, you can enjoy an unforgettable day enchanting scents of the spices, impressive handicrafts, Turkish delight and the tempting smell of the Turkish coffee.

Spice Bazaar: The historical Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı in Turkish) or simply the Spice Market is probably the second most famous historical bazaar of İstanbul. Built by the early 1660’s, the bazaar gets its name from the revenues collected from Egypt, which was an Ottoman administrative division of the time. Since its beginning the bazaar served as the main market of spices coming from all around Turkey and the world.

Eminönü coastal area, where the Spice Bazaar is located, has been a busy market area since the Byzantine period. Busy trade activity is not surprising in this region, which is one of the central points of the city wall in the historical peninsula of Istanbul for those times when the sea has an important place in trade. As Ptokhoprodromos (a famous Greek poet of the early 12th century) has stated in an article, there is a spice market called Makron Envalos in the same place as the Egyptian Bazaar in the Byzantine period. The Modern Egyptian Bazaar mixed all the goods. It is impossible to say that only spices, sweets, teas and herbs are sold here. Here you will find Turkish ceramics, jewelry, souvenirs, textiles, fish, cheeses and much more. 

Çiçek Pasajı: Today it may be known for its beer gardens and restaurants but the Çiçek Pasajı was built in 1876 had 24 shops designed in Parisian style, which was trendy at those times, and 18 luxurious apartments over the shops. The Passage formed by the shops was called “Hristaki Passage” and the building was called “Citè de Pera”. Acemyan’s tobacco shop, which was opened in the early stages of the Passage, Maison Parret and Valloury’s patisserie, Japanese shop, Natural florist, Pandelis’ flower shop, Schumacher’s bakery, Papadopulos’ bindery, Keserciyan’s tailor, Yorgo’s tavern and Sideris’ fur shop were a few of these 24 shops.

In 1908, when the ownership of the building was transferred to the Grand Vizier Sait Pasha, the passage took the name “Sait Pasha Passage”. In the years of the 1940 Armistice, florists began to settle in small shops in the passage. White Russian women, barons and duchesses fleeing the October Revolution were some of those who were selling flowers. When Cite de Pera started to be used as a flower auction area for a while, the florists in Beyoğlu gathered in the passage and the name of the passage was turned into the “Florists (Çiçekçiler) Passage”. After 1940, the beer and pubs took place in the passage; it gradually moved to a new apartment owners and florists to other places and only the name “flower” (çiçek) remained. The first tavern of the passage was opened by Yorgo Efendi. In the following period, the tavern was restored by taking into consideration the basic situation of the Flower Passage with the efforts of the Beautification and Survival Association. After the restoration in 1988, it was reopened as a tavern and in December 2005.

Arasta: Arasta Bazaar was also known as Sipahiler Bazaar at the time. The market with this name became ash as a result of a fire in 1912 because it was amongst the products for the Sipahis. As a result of the archaeological excavations carried out in the region in the 1930s, it was understood that the market was built on the structures dating from the Byzantine period. The market, which was restored by the General Directorate of Foundations in the 1980s, was reopened in line with its purpose.

Today, there are 70 shops in the Arasta Bazaar, although there are not as many shops and products as before. These shops also souvenir, Turkey Iznik tiles and describing the many products sold. What makes Arasta Market so important is not only shops. A museum, where the mosaics removed as a result of the archaeological excavations carried out in the 1930s are exhibited, opens its doors to the visitors in the market. You can see the most beautiful of the mosaic works in this museum, which is called the Great Palace Mosaic Museum or Arasta Market Mosaic Museum.

Sahaflar Çarşısı ( Sahaflar Bazaar / Used Books Bazaar): With a great selection of second-hand and antique books, The Sahaflar Bazaar, is located in the area between the Fesçiler Gate of the Grand Bazaar and the Beyazıt Mosque and is still known as Halicilar street (formerly Sahaflar street) in front of the Inner Bedesten in the Grand Bazaar. Antiquarianism began in Bursa around the time of Orhan Bey in the Ottoman period around great mosques and in the courtyards of these mosques. After a while, the state center moved to Edirne, its present location. Although Sahaflar Bazaar has lost its feature of being a cultural center today, it is often visited by book enthusiasts.

Turkey: Located in the Mediterranean and connecting Asia and Europe continents that are separated by the famous Bosphorus, Turkey is a unique destination that welcomed about 40 million tourists. The country that has always been a hub for cultural interaction and home to varying climates inspires the visitors today with its history, nature, and gastronomy that reflect the diversity of civilizations for centuries. Located at the crossroads of cultures, Turkey has a distinctive understanding of art & fashion which is the synthesis of tradition and modernity and its extremely dynamic shopping & entertainment life also attracts visitors from all over the world.

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Boom: The Fourth Saxon State Exhibition

On Saturday, July 11th, the Fourth Saxon State Exhibition called Boom will open to celebrate 500 years of Saxony’s industrial heritage. The substantial website allows you to also virtually enjoy Saxony’s amazing tribute to its high-quality global brands and industrial culture.

The southwestern region of Saxony was one of the first and most important centers of European industrialization. To this day, Saxons’ self-image still rests on the triad of natural beauty, cultural wealth and a broad industrial base. It is the success of these brands and Saxony’s entrepreneurialism that has allowed Saxony to build its extraordinary musical, artistic and architectural culture.

From July 11 to the end of this year, the Audi Building in Zwickau will host the central exhibition of the Fourth Saxon State Exhibition, Boom, while six other cities in the region will host additional and important parts of the exhibition, including the AutoBoom in the August Horch Museum in Zwickau; the Machine Boom in the Chemnitz Industrial Museum; the Railway Boom in the Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf Railway (outdoors); the Coal Boom in the Mining Museum in the Ore Mountains; the Textile Boom in the Cloth Factory in the Gebr Pfau Grimmitschau in Grimmitschau; and the Silver Boom in the Research and Teaching Mine in Freiberg.

These six topics are fleshed out in important locations where that “Boom” was most evident.

  • Auto Boom. is located in the August Horch Museum in Zwickau, which is next to the central exhibition in the Audi Building. The Horch museum is where the first models from major global automotive brands, including Horch and Audi, rolled off the assembly and Zwickau later was the birthplace of the legendary Trabant. August Horch was the founder of the company that would become Audi.
  • Machine Boom. is located in the Chemnitz Industrial Museum, where machines (such as the filigree clockwork at Glashütte to the high-tech machine center) have been designed and produced for more than 200 years.
  • Railway Boom. is on the site of the Schauplatz Eisenbahn (Railway Museum Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf) where you can see the industrial networking of people, raw materials and products in an open-air museum between historic steam and diesel locomotives in the sooty atmosphere of a roundhouse.
  • Coal Boom. is shown in the mining museum in Oelsnitz / Erzgebirg or the Ore Mountains where the coal industry, which was fundamental for the economic development of south-west Saxony, takes a look into the future of energy supply.
  • Textile Boom. is located in the originally preserved cloth factory Gebr Pfau in Crimmitschau. The machines and looms, some of which are 100 years old, are presented in a factory that has not changed since the doors were closed.
  • Silver Boom. is located in the research and teaching mine, Silver mine Freiberg, and provides deep insights into the history of ore mining and shows what role current scientific research plays in resource technologies.

In addition to these six geographic locations, the central exhibition in the Audi Building presents Saxony’s 500-year industrial booms in six time periods.It tells of an eventful history of the hard-working people of an early industrialized region with historical documents, objects, technical devices, photographs and through films and valuable works of art and spectacular media installations. The first period of the five hundred years of industrial culture was the Silver Rush (1470-1813) when the discover of silver in the Ore Mountains set off a clamor for mining not only of silver but also tin and copper. It was an unprecedented boom and attracted people from all over Europe. Augustus the Strong used this incredible wealth to build up the coffers of his state, buy art and collect treasures from around the world to build Dresden into one of Europe’s glittering capitals of art and architecture.

The second period from 1763 to 1914 was the emergence of the textile industry and mechanical engineering which drove development in Saxony and around the world. In 1914, Saxony was the most industrialized state in the entire German Reich. There was a third period from 1831 to 1914 when there was a rapid development in technology, science and machines. The fourth period from the eve of WWI to the end of WWII is marked by groundbreaking inventions and unprecedented, industrially shaped and organized violence.

The fifth period from 1945 to 1995 includes the industrial culture of East Germany and the Trabant is a symbol of the East German economic system. It
focuses on the working world and everyday life of people up to the political turn as well as the breaks and opportunities and structural changes that the fall of the wall brought about. The final period from 2020 to the future is all about what is to come and the future of technology in Saxony. Positive developments are emerging from Saxony’s keen entrepreneurial spirit, innovations based on research and knowledge and the ability to constantly change.

It is appropriate that the Saxon state has chosen the Audi Building in Zwickau as the place for the central exhibition as this was an assembly hall of Auto Union AG from 1938. The Auto Union was the coming together of four independent Saxon car manufacturers: Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer. Audi’s logo of four interlocking rings represents these original four members of the Auto Union. Audi is actually a Latin derivation of Horch’s name which means hark or Audi in Latin.

The Audi Building as well as the museum for Horch in Zwickau are a worthy one hour and fifteen-minute drive from Leipzig or Dresden. Even if you cannot visit in person in 2020, the museums in each of the towns will always be there and there is a book on the exhibition that you can order online.

Learn more about Boom here.

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Mikhail Gorbachev’s Book

“I was fortunate in being with Margret Thatcher when she met Mikhail Gorbachev in 1984. He did more to end the Cold War than anyone else and it ended without a shot being fired. We need to listen to his wise advice and encourage Vladimir Putin, not just Donald Trump, to act on it. Neither wants war but, as Gorbachev writes, we could end up with it by accident with the world being devastated.” Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary of the United Kingdom

“Mikhail Gorbachev has written this short book to warn us of the grave risks we now face and to urge us all, political leaders and citizens alike, to take action to address them. He argues that self-serving policies and narrow-minded politics aimed at the pursuit of national interests are taking the place of political principles and overshadowing the vision of a free and just world for all peoples. He offers his view of where Russia is heading and he urges political leaders in the West to recognize that re-establishing trust between Russia and the West requires the courage of true leadership and a commitment to genuine dialogue and understanding on both sides. This succinct account of the immense challenges we now face by one of the world’s greatest statesmen will be of interest to everyone concerned about the current state of the world and its future.” George Schultz

The Book:

Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, world peace is at risk again. The President of the United States has withdrawn from the disarmament treaty with Russia, Europe is disintegrating, China is surging forward and a wave of nationalism and populism is destabilizing established political institutions and endangering hard-won liberties.

In view of this dangerous and unpredictable state of affairs, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last great statesman of the 1989 revolution, has written this short book to warn us of the grave risks we now face and to urge us all, political leaders and citizens alike, to take action to address them. He focuses on the big challenges of our time, such as the renewal of the arms race and the growing risks of nuclear war, the new tension between Russia and the West, the global environmental crisis, the rise of populism and the decline of democracy. He argues that self-serving policies and narrow-minded politics aimed at the pursuit of national interests are taking the place of political principles and overshadowing the vision of a free and just world for all peoples. He offers his view of where Russia is heading and he urges political leaders in the West to recognize that re-establishing trust between Russia and the West requires the courage of true leadership and a commitment to genuine dialogue and understanding on both sides.

This succinct account of the immense challenges we now face by one of the world’s greatest statesmen will be of interest to everyone concerned about the current state of the world and its future.

The Author:

Mikhail Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union, serving as General Secretary of the Communist Party from 1985 to 1991 and President of the USSR from 1990 to 1991. He played a pivotal role in bringing an end to the Cold War and he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1990.  Since then, he has maintained an active role in world affairs through the Gorbachev Foundation, a non-profit organization which promotes democracy and humanitarian initiatives globally.

Gümüşlük, Paradise on Earth

Gümüşlük is one of the most tranquil coves with its unmatched natural beauty on the Bodrum Peninsula –the holiday hotspot of the Aegean– as it brings a great historical treasure together with sea, sand, sun, and exquisite flavors.

The history of Gümüşlük, which welcomes its guests with its windmills today, can be traced back to the ancient Lelege ancient city of Myndos dating back to three millennia ago, founded by the Carian King Mausolos, after whom the city came under the rule of many civilizations led by great personalities that shaped the world history including Alexander the Great, Aristonicus, Antonius, Brutus and Cassius.

Poetic Greek houses in the old Karakaya Village on the foothills, the magnificent view of Koyunbaba, which offers breathtaking views of the islands, the unparalleled natural beauty of Yalı and the Rabbit Island in the Gümüşlük Cove, which is accessible through the historical King’s Road, make it one of the most special locations on the Bodrum Peninsula, hosting the finest fish restaurants, festivals, world-renowned concerts, and art exhibitions. Gümüşlük is also the best destination for boats and yachts thanks to its natural harbor and spectacular sea.

An area to explore with its historical texture

Founded as a settlement in 640 B.C. in where modern Gümüşlük is located by one of the oldest civilizations in Anatolia, the Leleges, Myndos’ name meant “worship of the mother goddess.” Designated an archaeological protected site in 1975 following the recovery of numerous historical artifacts from that period during the archaeological excavations conducted on the Bozdağ hills and the Rabbit Island, the speculation on the origins of the modern name of Gümüşlük boils down to two stories. According to the first one, the region was home to silver mines in ancient times, which gave the town its name. A second story purports that the town received the name Gümüşlük because of the silvery color the sea takes during sunset…

Gümüşlük is famous for the historical Greek Houses in the Old Karakaya Village on the foothills, the glorious view of the Koyunbaba Islands, and its historical 150m-long, 1.5m-wide King’s Road. What makes Gümüşlük the most special point on the Bodrum Peninsula is the unmatched nature of Yalı and the Rabbit Island, which becomes accessible once the 3,500-year-old, submerged ancient King’s Road, which connects Gümüşlük to the Rabbit Island, reveals itself when the sea recedes and grants access to the island.

As soon as you set foot in Gümüşlük, you will be greeted by stands featuring handmade ceramics and glassware and jewelry and souvenirs made by artisans, stalls that sell lamps made from calabash, which is endemic to the Gümüşlük region and stores offering amazing desserts. Just take a few steps and you will find yourself on the path towards the bars where you can dine and wine before and after you take a dip in the water. Since this is a coastal town, finding an indoor venue here is almost impossible. At the café beaches extending along the shore, you can have a swim during the day, and a delicious meal and great time at the venues that transform into restaurants and bars in the evening. The International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival, which is well-known in the world of classical music, is very popular among music lovers as an event that brings together successful artists from all around the globe in summer. In addition to the classical music festival, the 400-year-old Eklisia Church is also home to concerts by various artists.

A favorite among gastronomy lovers

Cafés and restaurants along the Gümüşlük coastline welcome their guests with an array of fabulous dishes, particularly during summer. In Bodrum, when it comes to watching the sunset, Gümüşlük is the first place to spring to mind particularly when it is accompanied by delicious mezes and fish. At night, Gümüşlük is the address of romanticism and peace with illuminations under the sea, renowned for its atmosphere and the unique flavors of the Aegean cuisine and famous fish restaurants. Those who visit Gümüşlük must not leave this small and romantic cove before they try kabak çiçeği dolması (stuffed zucchini blossoms), turp otu salatası (wild radish salad), acı ot kavurması (roasted inula), şevketi bostan yahnisi (blessed thistle stew), and kırlı patlıcan kızartması (fried eggplants).

Gümüşlük is known for its venues that offer not only evening feasts but also rich breakfasts where you can take your time to enjoy in an easy summer morning. Breakfast tables in sitting areas surrounded by green spaces against an endless seascape and in a fresh atmosphere are adorned by citrus jam, clotted cream of fresh goat milk, and a host of delicious cheese varieties, making it even harder for visitors to leave Gümüşlük. At the venues set in orchards of lemon and satsuma trees, you can taste tangerine and orange jam, delicious ice creams made from fresh goat milk, and apple cookies.

A holiday destination that offers peace

Gümüşlük secures a tranquil holiday experience with small boutique hotels, apart hotels and bed & breakfasts. It is also a proper location for those who are into camping, offering a variety of opportunities. Visited by everyone young and old, the cove welcomes in summers those who are into extreme sports such as watersport activities and particularly windsurfing. And if you enjoy boat tours, you can experience a vacation accompanied by the peaceful sound of waves by sailing against the immense seascapes of the Aegean Sea in its hidden coves.

About Turkey

Located in the Mediterranean and connecting Asia and Europe continents that are separated by famous Bosphorus, Turkey is a unique destination that welcomed last year about 40 million tourists. The country that has always been a hub for cultural interaction and home to varying climates inspires the visitors today with its history, nature, and gastronomy that reflect the diversity of civilizations for centuries. Located at the crossroads of cultures, Turkey has a distinctive understanding of art & fashion which is the synthesis of tradition and modernity, and its extremely dynamic shopping & entertainment life also attracts visitors from all over the world.

For more about Turkey visit the GoTurkey website HERE.

Gleaves Whitney × Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

Gleaves Whitney, who has served as director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University since 2003, has been chosen to fill the role of executive director for the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation (GRFPF) effective Sept. 1. He will replace Joe Calvaruso, who will retire after serving as the Foundation’s executive director since 2008.

“Gleaves has a strong background developing successful collaborations and partnerships, which will be beneficial for the Foundation’s relationships with the National Archives and Records Administration, the Ford Museum and Library, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, as well as Grand Rapids community and nationwide entities,” said GRFPF Board Chair Mike Ford, son of President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford.

Credited with establishing the first sustained and comprehensive common ground initiative in U.S. higher education, Whitney received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for the program. Through his leadership, the Hauenstein Center has hosted major conferences that have helped revive the study of Midwestern history and launched the nation’s first presidential question-and-answer column, “Ask Gleaves.” He also developed the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy at the Hauenstein Center, which now has more than 400 alumni serving in communities around the nation.

“Gleaves brings to the Foundation an exciting and innovative vision for our future work, both across Michigan and throughout the nation,” said Ford. “We have great confidence that he will help us continue to advance the strong legacy of my father and mother for the greater good of our American democracy and the national well-being of all people.”

Whitney was selected from a pool of candidates following a comprehensive national search. Calvaruso will assist Whitney with his transition through the end of August.

“I am honored to be selected as the new executive director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and to bring the legacy of President and Mrs. Ford to a new generation of Americans,” Whitney said. “The Ford family, Foundation trustees, and Joe Calvaruso have been instrumental in shaping what the Foundation is today, bringing critically important conversations about our nation’s 38th president to the forefront of our national dialogue. I am extremely humbled to have the opportunity to build on their considerable achievements.”

Before joining the Hauenstein Center, Whitney served in Michigan Governor John Engler’s administration as a senior writer, chief speechwriter, and historian, and also assisted in the creation of the Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Colorado State University, Fort Collins; and a master’s degree in history from the University of Michigan. He was presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkley California; and was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to West Germany (1984-1985).

About the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation fosters increased awareness of the life, career, values, and legacy of America’s 38th President. It does so through activities designed to promote the high ideals of integrity, honesty, and candor that defined President Ford’s extraordinary career of public service. The Foundation promotes the ideas, values, commitment to public service, and historical legacy of President Gerald R. Ford, and further promotes greater civic engagement and recognition of integrity wherever it exists in the public arena. It supports permanent and changing exhibits designed to promote historical literacy; conferences; educational outreach and other programs, both scholarly and popular, including at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.