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Monday, March 30, 2015

WHO WAS FRANCIS SCOTT KEY?

You might recognize his name, and may even know what he’s famous for, but you probably don’t know anything else about him:

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IS THE PUBLIC DOMAIN GETTING A LOT LESS PUBLIC?

Documents created by the federal government (and its various employees) are in the public domain (that is, not copyrighted)—even though some publishers and subscription services are making brazen end runs on that concept:

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RING THOSE BELLS

Illinois' Catholic bishops are calling on schools and parishes across the state to ring their bells next month to mark the end of the Civil War.

Archdiocese of Chicago officials say the plan arose out of the denomination's annual meeting. The requested four-minute ringing of bells at 2:15 p.m. on April 9 would coincide with the very hour of the ceremony leading to the end of the four-year Civil War. It would also mark an end to slavery in the United States in 1865.

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Note: A nice sentiment, except that April 9th only marked the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia; President Johnston declared the war officially over on May 9th. They're also wrong as regards slavery; it did not abruptly end in every southern state on April 9th.

SEEING GHOSTS

A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress.

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ANZACS ONLINE

In time for the Anzac Centenary, family history website Ancestry and the National Archives of Australia are on Monday making available more than 12 million Anzac military records online.
It will include the personal service dossiers for those who served during WWI in the Australian Imperial Force, Australian Flying Corps and Australian Army Nursing Service.
Ancestry content director Ben Mercer said previously there were 500,000 Australian WWI records on the website.

"This collection is our first significant Australian WWI collection," he said.

"It's the first of many significant collections we'll be taking to the community with the National Archives of Australia."

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Friday, March 20, 2015

FRE:AC

There’s an application that every music lover should have called fre:ac. It's a free audio converter and CD ripper that will convert your music to make it playable on all your gadgets (note: doesn’t work with some copy-protected music).

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MISSING IN MARGRATEN

Pfc. Lewis Price’s immediate family all died without ever finding out what really happened to him:

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UP IN SMOKE

What all did the 1973 fire destroy at NPRC? Here’s a rundown:

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1.4 MILLION

That’s how many record requests NPRC receives every year:

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FINDING CIVIL WAR PHOTOS

Looking for a photo of a Civil War soldier? This website can help:

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BOYS IN BLUE

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library has scanned thousands of Illinois Civil War soldier photos, and is in the process of making them available online:

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS— TRANSPORTATION PERIODICALS

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this list of 19th & early 20th century transportation periodicals:

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THE BATTLE OF MANILA

Seventy years later, survivors can’t forget Japanese atrocities or their joy upon being liberated by advancing American troops:

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"GRANTING" WISHES IN PACIFIC

Plans to promote tourism by identifying Civil War sites in Pacific were approved at the March 2 tourism commission meeting.

The commission approved the purchase of 25 U.S. Grant trail signs that will mark a driving tour of sites in the city that have a Civil War connection.

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BASIC TRAINING

Some things have changed since I “did my time” at Lackland AFB, but enough is the same to bring back LOTS of memories…

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