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Monday, April 14, 2014

THE BIG DIVIDE

On Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will host Aaron Barnhart and Diane Eickhoff for a discussion and signing of their book The Big Divide. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the program.

Readers can plan to partake in a guided tour of the Missouri-Kansas border region. Discover the African-American soldiers who were the first to die for their freedom (months before the 54th Massachusetts of Glory fame took up arms); the ferocious battle to keep Missouri in the Union, with dueling governments, flags, and armies; and how the Civil War shaped future outlaw Jesse James and future president Harry Truman. Summer travel planning will be easy with this historical guide, which is packed with themed driving tours, kid-friendly sites, and tips from two experienced history travelers.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Copies of The Big Divide will be available for purchase after the program.

ST. LOUIS METRO-AREA CEMETERIES

Interesting article on early STL cemeteries on the St. Louis Genealogical Society website:

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St. Louis Public Library also has an extensive list of metro-area cemeteries on its website:

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ILLINOIS AT THE FAIR

Illinois. Commission to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904. Report of the Illinois Commission to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition: St. Louis, Missouri, 1904. Peoria, Ill.: Printed for the Illinois Commission by J.W. Franks & Sons, 1905.

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PROGRAMME OF OLYMPIC GAMES AND WORLD'S CHAMPIONSHIP CONTESTS

Louisiana Purchase Exposition Saint Louis, Mo.. Programme of Olympic Games and World's Championship Contests. Saint Louis: Department of Physical Culture, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904.

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WORLD’S FAIR BULLETIN, VOL. 3 (1901-1902)

Available full-text online at HathiTrust:

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

OPEN COURSEWARE CONSORTIUM

Nearly 25,000 free college-level (non-credit) courses in numerous subject areas available online in two dozen languages (including English).

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CITIZEN SOLDIERS ON THE PRAIRIE

Citizen Soldiers on the Prairie is an exhibit that focuses on the Sunflower Ordnance Works, later known as the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, located near present day De Soto, Kansas. The exhibit continues through August 23, 2014 and was curated by the Johnson County Museum. Records from the National Archives at Kansas City and Johnson County Museum are featured. The exhibit focuses on the workers and artifacts from the onetime world's largest smokeless powder explosives plant. The following lectures will be presented in partnership between the National Archives and the Johnson County Museum and will take place at the National Archives.

World War II Records at the National Archives on Saturday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. - presented by Jake Ersland, archivist at the National Archives. Ersland will highlight records found in the Archives that were created during war time. In addition, Ersland will offer tips on how to research military records and other war-related information.

Main Street America and the Cold War on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. - presented by Dr. Janet Valentine of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Dr. Valentine will discuss the effects of the Cold War in post-World War II America.

To make a reservation for either of these free programs, call 816-268-8010 or email them here.

For more information about the Citizen Soldiers on the Prairie exhibit, hosted at the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee, KS, visit their website.

ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK PROGRAM AT NARA-KC

The National Archives—Central Plains Region hosted Alternative Spring Break Program interns Laura Gentry and Aubrey Maynard, Library and Information Science students from Wayne State University, to assist in planning and hosting two Citizen Archivist events during the week of March 10-14, 2014. The Citizen Archivist events focused on digitization and indexing of documents selected from: the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Selective Service System, and the Provost Marshal General's Bureau (Civil War). Collectively, the participants digitized 2,343 images and created 1,367 index entries.

In total eight members of the local community participated. Five members attended the first day and eagerly returned for the second day when offered the opportunity. An additional three joined on the second day. Participants were not required to attend both sessions, but several wanted to return to continue work on projects and sample other tasks.

The Citizen Archivist events illustrate the advantages of tapping into community interest in history. Though there is a time investment to prepare for and execute these events, they create a meaningful product that benefits researchers and staff.

Additionally, Gentry and Maynard emerged from this experience with a greater understanding of the National Archives digitization and indexing workflows and the behind the scenes planning required to hold such events. Skills such as record selection, project management, time management, resource allocation, and logistics, were refined through this process.

THE EBOOK'S PROUD PAPA

The ebook concept was born in 1930, the brainchild of prolific author Robert C. Brown, who called it the “Readie.”

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FUNNY FEDS

You might not be favorably inclined to the feds at tax time, but some federal employees do have a sense of humor:

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HAPPY 25th, WWW!

Yes, the World Wide Web is now 25 years old:

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Monday, April 07, 2014

DAILY OFFICIAL PROGRAM, WORLD’S FAIR (1904)

Louisiana Purchase Exposition Saint Louis, Mo.). Daily Official Program: World's Fair Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U.S.A., 1904 [Thursday, June 16th]. [St. Louis]: World's Fair Program Co., 1904.

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BELLEVILLE (IL) PUBLIC LIBRARY

The latest Missouri History Museum monthly e-newsletter included this info about Belleville (IL) Public Library's genealogy collection:

The Belleville Public Library (121 E. Washington, Belleville, Illinois) has several valuable old-style card indexes to Belleville and East St. Louis, Illinois, newspapers. Here’s a listing of these indexes:

1. Card index to several East St. Louis newspapers, 1865-1979. Most of the references are to the East St. Louis Journal.

2. Card index to The Diocesan Messenger, circa 1909-1934.

3. Card index to several Belleville newspapers, 1840-1940. This card index is also available on 11 reels of microfilm at the St. Louis County Library.

4. Card index to East St. Louis newspapers, 1865-1936 (on four microfilm reels). These microfilm reels are also available at the St. Louis County Library.

5. Belleville News-Democrat Obituary Index (card file), 1941-1993. Continued in several binders, 1994-2010.

I would estimate that these card files include more than 300,000 references, and they’re certainly worth checking if you have ancestors who resided in Belleville or East St. Louis (St. Clair County, IL). Contact the Belleville Public Library via email or phone (618-234-0441) to request a look-up in these card files.

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

The following sources have recently been added to the Genealogy and Local History Index.

1. Who's Who in Missouri, 1974

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