Thursday, April 28, 2011


Zoner Photo Studio FREE enables you to organize, edit, and resize your photos. It’s easy to learn and use—and it’s (you guessed it) free:


NOTE: I've been using it myself for several months now, and love the crop, clone, and resize tools that are part of the Edit panel. Slide shows are also impressive, yet easy to set up. You can also purchase (very reasonably priced) upgrades of Zoner Photo Studio if you need more advanced photo-editing capabilities.


William Henry Napton was a lawyer who was born in New Jersey, lived in Virginia for some time, and then migrated to Missouri. While in Missouri he married, bought some slaves, and became a states’ rights true believer. He therefore served as a Confederate colonel during the Civil War, but then somewhat inexplicably joined the Republican Party and became an income tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service after the war. A new biography explores the life of this man of abounding contradictions:



Carl Schurz helped Abraham Lincoln get elected by helping lock down the German-American vote for Honest Abe. Lincoln named him Ambassador to Spain as a big thank you, but what Schurz really wanted (no kidding!) was to be a land pirate on horseback:



You can listen to current and previous episodes for free:


Wednesday, April 27, 2011


On Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. the National Archives will host historian and lecturer Dr. Bryan Le Beau for a program coinciding with Ulysses S. Grant’s 189th birthday and the Lee and Grant exhibition. A 6:00 p.m. birthday cake reception will precede the lecture.

The facts of Ulysses S. Grant’s life have not changed since his death in 1885. In his presentation, Dr. Bryan Le Beau will explore how Grant’s image in the national memory has changed over the years and what accounts for those changes. To tie into the exhibition Lee and Grant, Dr. Le Beau will include comments on how Grant’s reputation relates to that of Robert E. Lee and memories of the American Civil War.

The exhibit Lee and Grant provides a major reassessment of the lives, careers, and historical impact of Civil War generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. It also encourages audiences to move beyond the traditional mythology of both men and rediscover them within the context of their own time—based on their own words and those of their contemporaries. Lee and Grant presents photographs, paintings, prints, coins, reproduction clothing, accouterments owned by the two men, documents written in their own hands, and biographical and historical records to reveal each man in his historical and cultural context, allowing audiences to compare the ways each has been remembered for almost 150 years.

About the speaker

Bryan Le Beau is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at the University of Saint Mary. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University and has been a professor of American history since 1982. He has held an endowed faculty chair at Creighton University, as well as various administrative positions, and he has authored seven books and dozens of articles on various topics in American history.

For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or register by emailing

Additional Information

Lee and Grant will be available for viewing at the National Archives at Kansas City, April 19, 2011 – October 22, 2011. To schedule a group tour or for additional information, call 816-268-8000 or visit our website.

Lee and Grant has been made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit was originally developed by the Virginia Historical Society and co-curated by Dr. William M. S. Rasmussen, Lora M. Robins Curator of Art at the Virginia Historical Society and Dr. Robert S. Tilton, Chairman of the Department of English, University of Connecticut, Storrs. This exhibit is toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance through NEH on the Road. NEH on the Road offers an exciting opportunity for communities of all sizes to experience some of the best exhibitions funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Mid-America Arts Alliance was founded in 1972 and is the oldest regional nonprofit arts organization in the United States. For more information, visit NEH on the Road.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit our website.


More Working Women Than Men Have College Degrees, Census Bureau Reports

Among the employed population 25 and older, 37 percent of women had attained a bachelor's degree or more as of 2010, compared with 35 percent of men, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In contrast, among all adults 25 and older, 29.6 percent of women and 30.3 percent of men had at least a bachelor's degree.

The data come from tabulations on Educational Attainment in the United States: 2010 and not only examine gender differences in attainment but also provide the most detailed information on years of school completed ever presented by the Census Bureau, showing for each level of attainment exactly how many years of education adults have.


"The tabulations permit one to see not only the broad levels of educational attainment adults experienced, but also, for instance, if they did not receive a high school diploma, the specific level of schooling they did reach," said Sonia Collazo, a Census Bureau demographer.

In 2010, 36 percent of the nation's population 25 and older left school before obtaining a degree. This includes 15 percent of the population that didn't earn a regular high school diploma-— a group sometimes labeled "dropouts." Among this group were about 1 percent of the population who reached the 12th grade, 2 percent who reached the 11th grade but still did not graduate, and 2 percent who earned a GED.

Kansas City Region Upcoming Events

May 6 The Kansas City Community-Wide Information Network (CWIN)
May 13 Missouri Planners' Forum
May 25 Manhattan Library

Find out how to access Census data and how the data can be used in many beneficial ways including:

· the number of high school graduates in a particular city/county
· the population rate increase over the last ten years (or more) for a certain area
· the increase/decrease in the unemployment rate in an area

The Kansas City Region hosts data presentations and workshops throughout the region. For more information or to schedule a data presentation or workshop, call (913) 551-6711 or email at

Connect to us on Facebook and find out about other upcoming data presentations, and workshop sessions in your area.

Computers for Learning Program (CFL)

The Computers for Learning (CFL) program allows schools and educational nonprofit organizations to view and select the computer equipment that federal agencies have reported as excess.

In order to advocate and promote the reuse of computers, GSA is proud to sponsor the new re-engineered Computers for Learning (CFL) website:


The CFL program assists federal agencies to meet the requirements of Executive Order (EO) 12999, "Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for All Children in the Next Century". The EO directs agencies, to the extent permitted by law, to give highest preference to schools and nonprofit organizations, including community-based educational organizations, (schools and educational nonprofit organizations) with the transfer, through gift or donation, of computers and related peripheral equipment excess to their needs.


All Computers for Learning (CFL) participants must be located in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

For more information, visit the Computers for Learning Program website.

Other Kansas City Regional News

· 2010 Census Advance Group Quarters Summary File

The institutionalized group quarters categories include correctional facilities for adults, juvenile facilities, nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities and other institutional facilities; while the noninstitutionalized group quarters categories include college/university student housing, military quarters and other noninstitutional facilities.

Data are shown for states, counties, census tracts and blocks. This early release will be useful to data users in the redistricting community who must follow state legislation regarding group quarters populations in redrawing boundaries.

· 2010 Census Demographic Profiles

These profiles provide more subject detail than the recently released 2010 Census redistricting data files. For example, they provide additional details about race and Hispanic subgroups, five-year age groups and subcategories for vacancies.

Also, these profiles offer new information from the 2010 Census, such as sex, household relationship, household type, group quarters population and housing tenure (whether a housing unit is owned or rented). The profiles will be released on a state-by-state basis for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The data will be available through American FactFinder for detailed levels of geography down to the place/functioning minor civil division-level, as well as for the nation, regions, divisions and other areas that cross state boundaries. (Scheduled for release in early May)

If you have questions or would like additional information, call the Kansas City Partnership and Data Services staff 913-551-6711.

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Keep on top of everything census-related, including events, and the latest news. Be sure to check back frequently. There's a lot going on and you won't want to miss out on any of it.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Wouldn’t it be great to access frequently used websites using a small widget that’s resident on your desktop? Now you can (and this free, easy-to-use app makes widget creation simple):



Hide files and folders in a password-protected hidden folder on your computer. This free app works with XP, Vista, and 7:


NOTE: More powerful, full-featured version upgrade is available for a fee (but the free version is probably all the average user needs).


Podcasts, torrents, videos: Miro downloads and plays them all--and it's free:



Sounds very promising:

"The world’s largest free genealogy search engine,, provides genealogists access to the best free genealogy content on the web including billions of names, dates and places worldwide. seeks to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information. While discovers new sites every day, some of the existing sites searchable on include genealogy message boards, family trees, state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet Archive, various U.S. state archives, and many tens of thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals. Similar to other search engines, honors site owners by linking directly to their content."


Monday, April 25, 2011


Most people associate the name of Andrew Jackson with the stunning U.S. victory at New Orleans during the War of 1812—how many have heard of the other American hero of that battle, Daniel Todd Patterson?



Is your computer slowing down? Is your hard drive running out of breathing room? Tree Size Free can help you find memory hogs that are clogging up your hard drive:



Getting ready to spring clean your house and spruce up your lawn? Your PC needs a thorough cleansing, too:


VIRGINIA 1607-1907

The following is now available full-text online in a wide variety of formats via the Internet Archive:

Illustrated Standard Guide to Norfolk and Portsmouth; and Historical Events of Virginia, 1607 to 1907 (Norfolk, VA: Standard Lithographing and Publishing Co., c1907) (multiple formats at



Seeking Editor for the MoSGA Journal. Editor will assume duties of that position immediately. Our 64-page Journal is issued four times per year; we currently have a fair-sized backlog of articles and filler items that Editor can utilize. Prefer someone with previous writing and editing experience; also prefer someone with a proven track record for meeting deadlines. Need not be a member of MoSGA at present, but must be willing to join immediately upon appointment as Editor. Prefer someone who will be able to attend quarterly Board meetings in Columbia, Missouri on a fairly regular basis, but will consider a long-distance editor who has considerable writing/editing experience. This is a volunteer position with reimbursement for expenses. If interested, please contact MoSGA President Janice Schultz at 816-223-5777 or

Friday, April 22, 2011


Want to save yourself some time and aggravation? Learn these Windows shortcuts:



Great article from an LA Times reporter on a visit to Missouri's Civil War sites:



Two new books (including one about Sterling Price’s 1864 raid) by University of Cincinnati professor Mark Lause shed light on the conflict in the Show-Me State:



Article about the wealth of Civil War records and documents being made available online just in time for the Civil War Sesquicentennial:



"Customers will soon be able to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 local libraries to read on Kindles and the various free Kindle reading apps. Whispersyncing of notes, highlights and last page read will work for Kindle library books—and will transfer if you choose to buy the book after using the library copy."

Full press release here:


Thursday, April 21, 2011


Great feature on the National Archives (AUS) site that allows persons with Anzac ancestors to post tributes and geotag places where ancestors served during World War I:


NOTE: Anzacs served most notably in the horrific Gallipoli campaign:



"Taking Slavery to Court: Black and White Struggles over Freedom in Antebellum Missouri"

Date: Tuesday, April 26
Time: 3:00 PM (seating starts at 2:30 PM)-- light refreshments will be served afterwards
Location: The Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union at UM-Columbia Campus

Dr. Kenneth H. Winn, Director of Library and Public Services at the Missouri Supreme Court and Senior Lecturer in American Culture Studies at Washington University, will talk about struggles over freedom in Missouri.

Coerced into slavery through violence, slaves resisted their enslavement in countless different ways-from breaking their tools to running away. One path largely overlooked until recently concerns slaves who demanded their freedom through the legal system. The fact that the white legal system allowed hundreds of slaves, often representing families, to file these freedom suits is amazing. Possibly even more amazing; the majority of slave plaintiffs won their case. The most famous of these suits was Dred Scott's case, whose losing suit brought the nation closer to civil war. Still, if Scott's case was the most historically significant, it was hardly the most dramatic. When slaves challenged their masters it took enormous courage. The enmity of rich powerful men, often motivated by a fierce proslavery belief that overshadowed the financial value of any slave, often led to a ruthless opposition to these brave quests for freedom. Beatings and broken families often awaited slaves who lost their case.

This talk provides an introductory overview of over three hundred of these cases, most newly discovered, and now assembled at the Missouri State Archives--St. Louis which is the nation's single largest repository of slave freedom suits. In a federally-funded multi-year project Washington University in St. Louis is now transcribing, digitizing, and creating specialized tools that will allow Internet users to ask new questions about slaves and slave masters, gender, slave law, urban slave life, and slavery and western migration, among other topics.

The State Historical Society of Missouri
1020 Lowry Street
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone (573) 882-7083
Toll-free (800) 747-6366
Fax (573) 884-4950

Please visit us today at:


Press Release - Austin, TX - April 20, 2011

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the debut of My Society, the first Internet radio show dedicated solely to genealogy societies. Broadcast weekly each Saturday at 1:00 pm Central, My Society will host discussions of genealogy society topics with a variety of guests including well-known genealogists and genealogy community leaders. This unique media outlet can be accessed here.

Debut Episode of My Society with Special Guest Curt Witcher

On Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm Central, Curt Witcher, Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library, will be the special guest on My Society hosted by FGS board member Thomas MacEntee. Witcher, who is also a former president of both FGS and the National Genealogical Society as well as the founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society, will discuss moving genealogy societies into the 21st century.

Internet Radio and FGS

Each week, My Society will focus on a selected topic relevant to genealogy society management and the role societies play within the genealogy community. Future topics will discuss increasing membership, developing a social media and Internet presence, member services, and more. In addition, each episode of My Society will spotlight a member society of FGS and discuss their various programs and offerings. Using the Blog Talk Radio platform, listeners will not only be able to hear a live broadcast, but they will also be able to call in and speak with the show's host and guests to discuss their own genealogy societies.

George G. Morgan, FGS Vice President of Membership and veteran genealogy podcaster notes: "FGS strives to provide information and value to its members and to the entire genealogical community. We recently announced the FGS series of webinars, beginning on April 30th. However, we are also significantly expanding our offerings in 2011 to include the launch of regularly scheduled, live FGS Radio broadcasts over the Internet. These program will feature leaders in the genealogical field, and genealogical and historical societies sharing their success stories and best practices. Listeners can call in with their questions and comments. The programs will be recorded and made available for free download at the FGS website. We are very excited and proud about this new offering and look forward to expanding communication in the genealogy community."


Microsoft has launched a new (free) virus/malware scanner called Microsoft Security Scanner (MSS). It's designed to be used in emergencies, if you think your computer might be infected by a virus that your regular security software didn't detect.
To use MSS, you download the file here and then run it on your PC. The app is portable, so it doesn't need an installer. When you run it, it will analyze your computer and detect (and remove) many of the most prevalent hacker surprises.

Please note, however, that this MSS download automatically expires after 10 days. If you need to use it again after that, you'll need to keep downloading the latest version when the need arises.

OK, you say, that doesn't seem so bad. But MSS weighs in at 67 MB--and you're expected to download it each time you need it!

You could choose to rely on MSS anyway-- or you can turn to McAfee, which offers a similar product (also free) called Stinger. Stinger doesn't expire after 10 days-- and it weighs in at just 7.7 MB. As they say, the choice is yours-- but I know which product I'll be choosing...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Are you a musician (or is a family member or close friend)? You really should take a look at SoundJunction:



Date: March 31, 2011
Contact: Lynn Wolf Gentzler
Office: (573) 882-7083

State Historical Society invites applications for 2011 Brownlee Fund Grants
The State Historical Society of Missouri is proud to support observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Missouri through the resources of the Richard S. Brownlee Fund. The Society invites local historical societies and museums, both public and private, to develop projects and activities that commemorate the 150th anniversary of this difficult and important period in our past. The maximum award amount is $500, and the deadline for application is June 30, 2011.

In previous years, the Richard S. Brownlee Fund has supported diverse research, documentation, and publication efforts, including the highly regarded Dictionary of Missouri Biography, many scholarly journal articles and books, doctoral dissertations, oral history programs, and traveling exhibits. In 2011 the Society is looking to fund development of worthy projects and community experiences that accurately commemorate the Civil War in Missouri.

The Brownlee Fund honors the dedication to history shown by former Society executive director Richard S. Brownlee whose twenty-five-year leadership brought significant growth to the organization, including expanding the newspaper collection, reference materials, and manuscript holdings, as well as new art acquisitions from Missouri masters George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton, a contemporary art collection, and increased holdings of editorial cartoons. Brownlee’s critically acclaimed book, Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy: Guerrilla Warfare in the West, 1861-1865, first published in 1958, has become a classic in the field of Civil War historiography.

The Society has not awarded Brownlee Grants for the past two years due to the economic downturn, and the ability to revive the program in 2011 with a focus on Civil War history is an exciting move forward. The 2011 Brownlee Fund guidelines can be found on the Society’s Web site at:

Grant winners will receive their funds at the Society’s annual meeting in Columbia on November 5, 2011.

About The State Historical Society of Missouri

Founded in 1898 by the Missouri Press Association and a trustee of the state since 1899, the Society is the premier center for the study of Missouri state and local history. With research centers on each campus of the University of Missouri system, the Society collects, preserves, and publishes materials that enhance research and support learning opportunities in Missouri studies and the history of the Midwest.




The March newsletter has been posted on our website.


Nancy Thompson
Tri-County Genealogical Society
218 W. Walnut St., Nevada, MO 64772


The National Archives at Kansas City will screen the following films on Saturdays during April. All films will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will be introduced by National Archives staff who will explain how the film’s content ties to the Cowboys, Quacks and Carousels: Stories of Kansas exhibition currently on display at the National Archives. For more information or to make a reservation for the free film series, call 816-268-8010 or email

Saturday, April 23, 1:00 p.m.–- Splendor in the Grass
In a small Kansas town during the late 1920's, two high school students, Wilma Dean Loomis and Bud Stamper, fall in love. Frightened by their physical desires and unwilling to consummate their relationship both teens become frustrated and confused.

Saturday, April 30, 1:00 p.m.-– Dodge City
Six years after the railroad puts Dodge City, Kansas, on the map, the town becomes the Babylon of the West. Run by Jeff Surrett, a man whose only interest is cash and killing, Dodge City is now a bastion of lawlessness. Wade Hatton and his men undertake a campaign to clean up the town.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or go here.


2010 edition available full-text online:



These records (3 million plus) are now searchable on



It’s time again (April 28-May 1) for the Midwest’s largest charity book fair:


NOTE: Location is again West County Center in St. Louis County (Hwy 270 and Manchester). It's next door to the Elephant Bar Restaurant, an eatery my wife and I visit regularly.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


For Immediate Release
April 16, 2011

Federation of Genealogical societies webinar series
Society Management Education Delivered Online

April 16, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces its new series of genealogy society management education delivered online in webinar format. As part of its new online education initiative, FGS will offer webinars both free to the public and to its member societies via the popular GoToWebinar® platform which can accommodate up to 1,000 participants. FGS members will have access to recorded webinars and syllabus materials at the members-only section of the FGS website.

Social Networking for Genealogy Societies

The first webinar, Social Networking for Genealogy Societies, will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 and is free to the public. FGS Board member Thomas MacEntee will demonstrate how genealogy societies are currently leveraging the power of Facebook, Twitter and blogs to expand their online presence and recruit new members. Register here.

Future Webinar Topics

FGS plans to offer a wide variety of webinars focusing on society management topics over the next few months. Some of the most recognized names in genealogy education including D. Joshua Taylor, George Morgan and Drew Smith will develop and deliver these presentations in a convenient online setting. Topics will include:

·Administration and Member Services: Joining a Genealogical Society; How to Promote Volunteerism in Your Society; How to Create a Member Handbook; Developing an Excellent and Cost-Effective Educational Programs for Your Society; and Using Bylaws to Focus and Motivate Your Society.

·Marketing: Developing a Publicity and Marketing Plan; Methods for Promoting Your Society’s Meetings; Developing a Social Media Plan; Creating a Facebook Page; Creating and Using a Twitter Account; Your Society's Next Generation: Reaching Out to New Communities; and Creating an Effective Press Release.

·Technology: How to Attend a Webinar; How to Host a Webinar; Google Docs for Societies; Google Forms for Societies; Backing Up Your Society Data; Creating a Free Website for Your Society; and Creating a Blog for Your Society.

·Finances and Fundraising: Complying with IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for Your Non-Profit Society; Society Fundraising Through Affiliate Marketing; and How to Set Up and Use a PayPal Account.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more, go here.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Guide to these records on the National Archives (UK) website:



Was your ancestor an English farmer or agricultural laborer? There may be more info about him available than you realize:



Did your English forebears have a family coat of arms? This National Archives (UK) podcast can help you answer that question:



They now have three animated guides that can help persons planning a visit to their Kew facility:



They might be long-dead, but you can often figure what a medieval English or Welsh ancestor’s annual tax bill was:



Dear Civil War Educator,

As you may know, every year, for the past 10 years, the Civil War Trust has held an annual Teacher Institute. This year the Institute will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, July 14-17, 2011.

The Civil War Trust's Teacher Institute is created for teachers, librarians, and educators who work with students in grades K-12. The Institute is offered free for anyone in the aforementioned categories and is one of the few professional development opportunities that is specifically focused on instruction of the American Civil War.

As a former teacher and frequent conference attendee, I know how beneficial a meaningful and instructive conference can be, so we work diligently to make sure that the Institute is informative, constructive, and thought-provoking. We do this by hosting teacher exhibits, providing workshops, lectures, networking opportunities, battlefield tours, and take-home resources such as The Civil War Curriculum.

Our goal is to bring 200 (or more) teachers to this year's Institute so help us by signing-up today or by passing this information along to an educator who you know would love to go. Scholarships are available for first time attendees to cover the cost of travel and lodging. We will be taking applications until April 25th.
To see the details and register, go here.

Thank you for your support,


NOTE: Membership is required to attend. The cost is $35 for 2 years. Become a member here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


DATE: April 29 – May 1
TIMES: Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
PLACE: Jefferson Barracks Park

Visit Jefferson Barracks and experience the events that took place during the Missouri Volunteer Militia's encampment known as Camp Jackson in early May, 1861.

On Friday and Saturday, be transported through time to the outskirts of St. Louis in 1861. See re-enactors depict the events and daily routines in the state-sanctioned camp of the Missouri State Guard at Lindell Groves. Take a short walk to the opposing pro-union and mostly German immigrant camp of pro-Union Home Guards at the St. Louis Arsenal, who sought to keep Missouri in the Union and the Arsenal out of Southern hands.

The event will end on Sunday with a reenactment of an early war battle that occurred during the summer of 1861.

There will be a variety of demonstrations including Civil War era music, artillery and musket firing; and drill demonstrations as well as a reenactment of the incident that proved to be the tipping point that set Missouri down a violent, turbulent path in the American Civil War. Military camps will be open to the public and tours will be available for school groups and public alike.

Available for purchase will be period merchandise from a variety of “sutlers” and an assortment of food vendors.

Camp Jackson proved to be the tipping point, and the entire state was then embroiled in four grueling years of civil war. Missouri had the third highest number of Civil War battles and skirmishes (after Virginia and Tennessee).

Freedom’s Gateway website


PLACE: Saint Louis Science Center
DATES: Opens July 2, 2011 (closing date has not been determined)
COST: Free

The Civil War was fought at a time when the practice of medicine was primitive compared to today’s standards. Little was known about what caused disease; there was minimal training for doctors; and some surgical procedures were left over from the Middle Ages. During the four-year conflict more than three million men fought in the war and approximately 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died. Many soldiers died from a bullet on the battlefield, but disease and wounds claimed even more lives than battlefield casualties.

Throughout the war both the North and South worked to improve medical care for their soldiers and through the experience gained valuable knowledge. The lessons learned in the ramshackle field hospitals all over the country contributed to advances in medicine. Doctors became better at surgery; the implementation of medical records was established; the service of female nurses in the hospitals elevated the importance of women in medicine; and the medical community gained a greater understanding of the relationship between cleanliness and disease.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Saint Louis Science Center has produced an abbreviated exhibit that will give the visitor a glimpse into the medicine and technology of the Civil War. Drawing from the Science Center’s Collections, the exhibit features authentic medical objects from the mid- to late-1800s. The exhibit will feature a model of a Civil War-era field hospital supplied with both authentic objects and reproductions. This field hospital will give visitors the opportunity to discover what life was like for doctors and wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Period objects on display include a bullet extractor, an amputation kit, a field microscope, a stereoscope and historical photographs. Visitors will also have an opportunity to compare and contrast contemporary and Civil War-era medical instruments and objects. Interactive displays will allow the visitor to research “Mystery Medical Objects” and look through a Civil War stereoscope.

DIRECTIONS:Take I-64 west to the Kingshighway North / South exit. Turn left at S Kingshighway Blvd. Make a right on Oakland Avenue. The Science Center is on your left.

WE NEED YOUR HISTORY. Exhibition developers need help to tell St. Louis’ Civil War story. If you had a relative that served as a doctor, surgeon or nurse during the war or if you have medical or other objects or photographs from the period, please contact Debra McStay.

St. Louis Science Center website


How many records have they digitized at this point? A lwhole lot, that's how many:


NOTE: And you can use Footnote Civil War Records for free until 14 April 2011.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


You can now view/download a registration brochure/conference schedule for our August 2011 Conference here:


Monday, April 11, 2011


This 335-page book (1902) is available full-text via Google Books:



April 7-April 14:



Spring 2011 issue (available for free online):



Examines the use of military dogs by Special Operations forces:


NOTE: You can search by exact title in the Advanced Search section!


Digitization of a book published in 1890 by one of Sherman’s soldiers (F. Y. Hedley):


NOTE: You can search by exact title in the Advanced Search section!


News about upcoming genealogy webinars offered throughout the online genealogy community is available through GeneaWebinars, set up by DearMYRTLE:


One recent six-week course was offered free by the National Institute for Genealogical Research, 4 April - 2 May, titled Social Networking for Genealogists.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011


Online book (published 1864) about the Indian troubles in that state during 1862:



National Agricultural Statistics Service operation to relocate this summer to old NPRC facility in Overland, Missouri:



Probably not—and there’s not much you can do to get ready:



The Kansas City Public Library is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War with a series of programs being held throughout April 2011. Call 816.701.3407 or use the link below to RSVP.

Historian Ethan Rafuse of Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the attack on Fort Sumter on Tuesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Rafuse will discuss the events leading up to the attack, the battle itself, and the effect it had on a nation that had for months been teetering on the edge of civil war.

Author Gregory Wolk discusses his new book A Tour Guide to Missouri's Civil War on Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Wolk's book is the first comprehensive sesquicentennial driver's guide to Civil War battlefield sites in Missouri. It highlights more than 230 sites and includes scores of little-known historical facts.

Historian David Goldfield discusses his new book America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

America Aflame offers the first major new interpretation of the Civil War era in 20 years. Goldfield contends the Second Great Awakening infused evangelical religion into the public sphere, turning political questions into matters of good and evil.

The Shortleaf Band with Michael Fraser presents a concert featuring original and traditional music from the Civil War on Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The band has conducted extensive research into Civil War-era music and composition techniques and has performed at various Civil War re-enactments.

The Wornall House Museum presents a Civil War-era tea party for children and families on Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Presenters will be wearing authentic Civil War-era attire and will teach the proper way to hold a cup, stir tea, use a napkin, and other tea "rules." The program is a Friday Night Family Fun event and is open to children ages 6-10 and their parents.