Getting a New View: How To Build Your Own Stereoscope

Posted on February 12th, 2014 by

Hello Folks,

Here in the Education Department at the Jewish Museum of Maryland we’ve come up with a fun and creative way to construct a Stereoscope.  What’s a Stereoscope, you say?   Well, a stereoscope is a mechanical tool used to view images that are side-by-side depicting a scene as seen independently by the right eye and left eye.  These types of images are known as stereoscopic.

The first stereoscope was invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone in 1838. Image via.

The first stereoscope was invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone in 1838. Image via.

The Stereoscope that you may be more familiar with and the two that we have in our exhibit  Passages Through the Fire Jews and the Civil War look more like this one.  Image via.

The Stereoscope that you may be more familiar with and the two that we have in our exhibit Passages Through the Fire Jews and the Civil War look more like this one. Image via.

Stereoscopes brought the images to life.  Giving the viewer a sample of the subject in 3D.  What we’ve done is somewhat modernized the device using simple and inexpensive materials. Check out the images below to construct your very own! You can also download the instructions as a PDF HERE: Stereoscope How To.

StereoscopeHowTo

StereoscopeHowTo

StereoscopeHowTo

 

Sean SchumacherA blog post from Museum Educator Sean Schumacher. To read more posts from Sean, click HERETo read more education related posts, click HERE.

 

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The Non-Jew’s Jabber Vol 2: The Best Bagels In The City

Posted on November 9th, 2011 by

A blog post by Intern Sean Achumacher.

Before I get into breaking bread, I want to let everyone know what a fantastic time I am having here at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  Everyone is so helpful and polite.  I really enjoyed the Brews and Schmooze event and I encourage everyone to come out to next month’s event Esther Fest.  

Back to the bagel.  The bagel is allied to Jewish culture here in Americaas it was brought here by Polish-Jews.  The history of the bagel dates back to Polandin the early 1600s where it was given as a gift to women in childbirth.  Some folks are unaware of how a bagel is made.  Before the bagel is baked it is boiled.  This gives the bagel its signature soft, chewy center and crispier exterior.  This is also why you will hear claims that New York Cityhas the best bagels because of how the city’s water system is so great.  I, on the other hand, will have to disagree.  Now I’m not a professionally trained bagel expert but I can tell the difference between a good bagel and a great bagel.  I’ve been to NYC many times and have gone to a place where I “had to try the bagels” because “they’re the best in the city” and they were good but they weren’t great.  The best bagel I have ever had…drum roll, please…is from Towson Hot Bagel or THB if you’re hip with acronyms.  There are two locations in theBaltimore area.  One is located inTowson,Maryland just north of the city and the other is located in the city, inCanton.  I will put their bagel up against any bagel.  So please challenge me and let’s hear where you think the best bagel comes from.

As promised, I’m selecting an object from the museum’s collection that has caught my eye and here it is.

I saw this pin on my first day interning and it immediately caught my eye because of my heritage and my love of bagels.  It made me feel comfortable in an unknown environment.

Don’t forget to come on out to the museum and check out our newest exhibit Chosen Foods: Cuisine, Culture, and American Jewish Identity, it’s fantastic!!!

Lekhaim!

Sean

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The Non-Jew’s Jabber

Posted on November 7th, 2011 by

Vol 2:  The Best Bagels In The City

 A blog post by intern Sean Schumacher.

Before I get into breaking bread, I want to let everyone know what a fantastic time I am having here at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  Everyone is so helpful and polite.  I really enjoyed the Brews and Schmooze event and I encourage everyone to come out to next month’s event Esther Fest

Back to the bagel.  The bagel is allied to Jewish culture here in America as it was brought here by Polish-Jews.  The history of the bagel dates back to Poland in the early 1600s where it was given as a gift to women in childbirth.  Some folks are unaware of how a bagel is made.  Before the bagel is baked it is boiled.  This gives the bagel its signature soft, chewy center and crispier exterior.  This is also why you will hear claims that New York City has the best bagels because of how the city’s water system is so great.  I, on the other hand, will have to disagree.  Now I’m not a professionally trained bagel expert but I can tell the difference between a good bagel and a great bagel.  I’ve been to NYC many times and have gone to a place where I “had to try the bagels” because “they’re the best in the city” and they were good but they weren’t great.  The best bagel I have ever had…drum roll, please…is from Towson Hot Bagel or THB if you’re hip with acronyms.  There are two locations in the Baltimore area.  One is located in Towson, Maryland just north of the city and the other is located in the city, in Canton.  I will put their bagel up against any bagel.  So please challenge me and let’s hear where you think the best bagel comes from.

As promised, I’m selecting an object from the museum’s collection that has caught my eye and here it is.

I saw this pin on my first day interning and it immediately caught my eye because of my heritage and my love of bagels.  It made me feel comfortable in an unknown environment.

Don’t forget to come on out to the museum and check out our newest exhibit Chosen Foods: Cuisine, Culture, and American Jewish Identity, it’s fantastish!!!

Lekhaim!

Sean

 

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