Friday, November 28, 2014

FRANKLIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS, WAR HISTORY, 1832-1919

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Baird, S. Sylvester. Franklin County, Illinois, War History, 1832-1919: Containing a Brief Review of the World War--Complete History of Franklin County's Activities--Photographs and Service Records of Franklin County's Soldiers, Sailors and Marines--Industrial and Biographical Review of Business and Professional Firms Who Have Made This History Possible. Benton: Pub. by H. W. Trovillion for the Franklin County War History Society, 1920.

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DISCOVERING ANZACS

The Discovering Anzacs website brings together photos, official documents and memorabilia from WWI and the Boer War.

It is a joint project by the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and Archives New Zealand featuring the digitised service dossiers of every Australian and New Zealander who served in the great war.

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS: WORLD’S FAIRS AND EXPOSITIONS

Users of the HathiTrust website can compile lists of full-text digital books on a particular subject, in this case world’s fairs and expositions held between 1851 and the present day:

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS: RECORDS OF THE AMERICAN COLONIES

Users of the HathiTrust website can compile lists of full-text digital books on a particular subject, in this case the 13 original colonies:

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Monday, November 24, 2014

SMALL SOLDIERS

A Colorado man got hooked on collecting military miniatures—-and the collection just grew and grew:

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GATEWAY FAMILY HISTORIAN

The latest issue of Gateway Family Historian ("Civil War Crime and Punishment")is now available online:

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS: THE U.S. CONGRESSIONAL SERIAL SET

Users of the HathiTrust website can compile lists of full-text digital books on a particular subject, in this case the U.S. Congressional Serial Set:

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FOLD3.COM ADDS CIVIL WAR SERVICE RECORDS

The Compiled Military Service Records (CMSRs) are one of the best places to look for information on the military careers of your Civil War ancestors. Compiled by the National Archives starting in the 1890s, the Civil War CMSRs contain basic military service information for soldiers in the volunteer armies (and in a few cases for women attached to the armies, often via hospital service as matrons, laundresses, etc.).

The information in a soldier’s CMSR was originally consolidated from a variety of sources and summarized on card abstracts, which were then filed using a system of envelopes, with one envelope per soldier per regiment. The sources for the card abstracts included muster rolls, regimental returns, pay vouchers, hospital rolls, and other such records. In addition to the cards, some CMSRs also contain personal papers such as casualty sheets, discharge certificates, enlistment papers, inventories of personal effects, medical records, or even photos, newspaper articles, and letters.

Although Fold3 already has many of these CMSRs, our collection is still growing! Whereas previously for some states, Fold3 had index cards rather than the full CMSRs, we’re now adding (or planning to add) the complete documents for Union soldiers from California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Washington DC. We’ve also already added full CMSRs for the U.S. Colored Troops.

The new CMSRs are being scanned directly from the original papers at the National Archives (rather than from microfilm), which means that this the first time these records will be available digitally. However, it also means that the process may be lengthy, since the records have to be carefully scanned page by page.

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DNA CIRCLES

Good morning,

The time has come. This morning, we have launched our new, enhanced DNA matching and the beta for DNA Circles:

All AncestryDNA customers who had their results prior to today will have their updated DNA matches available on the site. We are in the process of emailing everyone to notify them of the update.

DNA Circles is the name for what we previously shared as DNA match groups. This is being launched in beta as the technology is still in its early days. The help section of DNA Circles has lots of information on how this works, we’ll also be posting an overview for everyone to read.

More info on their blog

You can download your “old" DNA matches via the settings tab on the DNA homepage. This is only available to people who had results prior to today. From today forward, people only have the “new” matching results.

What really makes our new matching algorithms powerful is how we have improved the process of phasing with having the database size to cross compare and take a deeper dive into the new discoveries we are making. Check out the white paper for more of the details. It’s available in the help area for DNA matches, click the question mark.

We are very excited to share this new feature and to see the discoveries that can be made.

Thanks,

Matthew Deighton
Sr. Public Relations Specialist
Ancestry.com

Thursday, November 20, 2014

HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS: WORLD WAR II NARRATIVES

Users of the HathiTrust website can compile lists of books on a particular subject, in this case books about World War II military units:

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THE HUNT FOR A HERO

A search for unmarked Spanish Civil War graves has begun in southern Spain and officials hope it may reveal the burial site of acclaimed poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who's believed to have been executed and buried in the area.

Andalusia's regional government said Wednesday work had begun to clear 300 square meters (3,230 square feet) of a forest outside the village of Alfacar to bring it back to pre-war levels. Archeologists will then begin soundings to try to detect bone remains. If any are detected, a court will decide the next step.

The project, expected to last 10 days, aims to discover any war victims' remains, not just Lorca's. A two-month dig in a nearby area in 2009 yielded no results.

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BLEEDING KANSAS

The conflict over slavery in Kansas Territory and the Civil War needs to be remembered for many reasons, and one of the most important is as a lesson concerning the negative effects of abandoning the framework of American life that is embodied in the United States Constitution.

The framers of the United States Constitution created more than a system of government, they created a philosophical framework for American society that provides a means for Americans to live and work together in peace despite having dramatically opposing beliefs and life philosophies. Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War point out the severely dangerous results when Americans set aside the principles of the United States Constitution in government and social actions.

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FARMINGTON WELCOMES THE WAR

Saturday marked the first day for the “A State Divided - The Civil War in Missouri” museum to be open. Located at 3 N. Jefferson St. in Farmington, the exhibit looks at Missouri’s presence in the war that divided a nation.

Hosted by the Farmington Public Library and working in conjunction with the Missouri History Museum and the Missouri Humanities Council, the traveling exhibit will be in town through Jan. 11. The exhibit has been traveling around the state since 2012. It tells the stories of Missourians during the defining conflict of the country.

Although the exhibit is designed to be mobile, it is no small undertaking for the library to supervise. The display divides the war into four major categories: “Introduction and Traditional War,” “Divided Loyalties,” “Slavery in Missouri” and “War of No Quarter.” Part of the exhibit includes the sharing of information regarding local Civil War history.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS—AFRICAN AMERICAN 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 African American periodicals:

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MIDWEST GENEALOGY CENTER eNEWSLETTER

A KC friend has alerted me to the fact that the Midwest Genealogy Center is publishing a monthly eNewsletter. Free subscription available here (the link is in the right-hand navigation bar):

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ID THEFT MYTHS

What you THINK you know about ID theft can REALLY hurt you:

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THE WAR IN GIANT CITY

Southern Illinois is surrounded by history, much of that history dates back to the Civil War.

Reminders of the war can be found etched in the rocks at Giant City State Park, which was dedicated in 1927 and has 4,000 acres of land in the Shawnee National Forest.

Before becoming a state park, many cliffs and canyons were used as havens by both Confederate and Union soldiers, according to the park website.

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MISSING MEDALS

Have you lost your military medals—or don’t remember what all you are entitled to? All a veteran needs to find out what medals he or she has been awarded is a copy of his or her DD214.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

OHIO SOLDIERS OF THE GREAT WAR

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Ohio. Adjutant-General's Dept. The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the World War, 1917-18. Columbus: The F. J. Heer Printing Co., 1926-29, vols. 1-23.

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UNLOVABLE PUPS

These PUPs are not adorable little furballs: these PUPs infest your computer if you don’t take a few simple steps to keep them out:

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ALL ABOUT VETERANS

Note: Statistics (from the U.S. Census Bureau) are all for 2013.

HOW MANY SERVED

19.6 million: Number of military veterans in the United States.

1.6 million: Number of female veterans in the United States.

79.3: Percentage of white military veterans in the United States.

11.3: Percentage of African American military veterans in the United States.

6.0: Percentage of Hispanic military veterans in the United States.

1.4: Percentage of Asian American military veterans in the United States.

9.3 million: Number of veterans 65 years and older.

1.6: Number of veterans 35 years and younger

WHEN THEY SERVED

7.0 million: Number of Vietnam-era veterans.

5.2 million: Number of Gulf War era veterans.

2.1 million: Number of Korean War veterans.

1.3 million: Number of World War II veterans.

4.7 million: Number of peacetime only veterans.

MULTI-WAR VETERANS

58,445: Number of living veterans who served during the Vietnam Era and both periods of the Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001 and September 2001 or later).

39,890: Number of living veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam Era.

1,006,501: Number of living veterans who served during served during the First Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001) and Second Gulf War (September 2001 or later).

294,251: Number of living veterans who served during the First Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001) and the Vietnam Era.

175,676: Number of living veterans who served during the Korean War and the Vietnam Era.

92,670: Number of living veterans who served during World War II and the Korean War.

Downloadable PDF is available here.

HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS— ILLINOIS DIGITAL MAGAZINE & YEARBOOK COLLECTION

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this list of Illinois magazines & yearbooks:

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SAVING BOSNIA’S HISTORICAL ARCHIVES

A group of Balkan experts have launched a high-tech project to digitise Bosnia's historical archives which were partly destroyed during its three wars last century and are still under threat from neglect and a lack of funding.

The project promises to make available online a host of records and papers detailing Bosnia's turbulent past, most notably the events and atmosphere surrounding the 1914 Sarajevo assassination that triggered World War One.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

DADDY SAW THE ELEPHANT

Fred Upham’s father was a Civil War soldier who actually shook hands with President Lincoln—and Fred is still alive (12 Nov 2014) and collects a monthly pension based on his dad’s service:

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Note: Civil War soldiers called their first experience of combat “seeing the elephant” (since seeing an elephant anyplace other than a child's school primer was such an unusual experience in those days before movies, tv, and even the routine printing of photographs in books, magazines, and newspapers).

THE STRUGGLE AFTER THE WAR

You may wonder why Civil War soldiers didn’t suffer from PTSD like some present-day soldiers do. The plain and simple answer: some Civil War soldiers did:

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TIPS & RESOURCES FOR GENETIC TESTING

One tip: DNA test results can include (unwelcome) surprises:

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BEST LEAST-USED RECORDS AT NARA-KC

Workshop Description:

The Best National Archives in Kansas City Records Genealogists Aren’t Using
Wednesday, November 19, from 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to many different types of records that are valuable for genealogists. Every day staff help researchers locate census records, naturalization records, immigration records, prison files, and more. However, our holdings also include numerous records containing valuable information for genealogists that are seldom used. This workshop will take a look at these underutilized collections, which include records from the Farmers Home Administration, Bureau of Land Management, Veterans Administration, and U.S. District Courts.

To make a reservation for this free workshop, please call 816-268-8000 or email kansascity.archives@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

ADAMS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Are you researching ancestors from Adams County, Nebraska? If so, this could be your lucky day:

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS— ANCESTRY & GENEALOGY

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this huge list of publications that deal with genealogical topics:

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FAMILYSEARCH ADDS WWI COLLECTIONS

FamilySearch.org has announced the addition of three free World War I collections containing information on the millions of American and British citizens who served and registered for military service between 1914 and 1920. These vital genealogical resources were made available in collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington DC, The National Archives in Kew, Surrey, England, and findmypast.com.

These resources include the free United States World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918. This collection "acts like a national census," notes FamilySearch collection manager Ken Nelson, "because it includes over 24 million records representing almost half of the male population of the United States at the time." Out of those who registered, approximately 4.8 million served and 2.8 million were drafted.

FamilySearch has also made two additional significant WWI collections available online for free with the help of The National Archives in Surrey, England, and findmypast.com. These resources include the United Kingdom WWI Service Records 1914-1920 collection and the United Kingdom WWI Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917-1920 collection. These two collections combined add more than 43 million images to FamilySearch's growing military databases while allowing users a unique glimpse into their connection to The War to End All Wars.

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BROKEN BOMBER, BROKEN LEG…

And that was how one man’s war ended at Stalag III:

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Monday, November 10, 2014

WESTPORT AFTER-ACTION REPORTS

The Battle of Westport, Mo,, on Oct. 23, 1864, has been called the "Gettysburg of the West" because like the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863, in south central Pennsylvania, the Union victory stopped a major Confederate campaign very deep in "Northern" territory. The Union victory at Westport prevented the Confederate capture of Kansas City and probably an attack on Fort Leavenworth and caused Confederate Major General Sterling to turn his army south into Kansas to raise as much havoc and devastation in Kansas on its return to friendly territory in southwest Missouri and northern Arkansas:

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS—WPA AMERICAN GUIDEBOOKS

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this list of WPA American guidebooks:

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SO WE'VE HAD A FEW WARS, EH?

TORONTO, ONTARIO-- Remembrance Day is right around the corner and, while many Canadians will remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, a recent survey from Ancestry, the world's largest online family history resource, reveals that 36% of Canadians don't know if they had ancestors who fought in either the First or Second World War.

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BIG CHANGE FOR UK WAR WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS

Rules which denied about 4,000 war widows and widowers a military pension are to be changed next year. From April 2015, those who "remarry, cohabit or form a civil partnership" would be entitled to the pension for life, the Ministry of Defence said.

Under current rules some have to surrender their survivor's pension.

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

ANCESTRY.COM FREE WEEKEND

Ancestry.com is also having a free weekend (military records):

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FINDMYPAST FREE WEEKEND

To properly commemorate Veterans Day, Findmypast will be making their global records available for FREE this weekend to make it easy for people to discover the heroes in their own families. They are making their collection of family history records from around the world (including the most comprehensive collection of Irish records available online) available for FREE from Friday 7th November to Monday 10th November.

Paul Nixon, military history expert at Findmypast, explained: “Our records reveal the bravery of all those who have fought for their country on home soil and on foreign, as well as the stories of many thousands of ordinary, unsung heroes. We want to help more people discover the history of their own families, understand the lives that they lived and what experiences they faced. Veterans’ Day is one of the few days in the year when everyone reflects on the sacrifices of military personnel, and we want to help people make their past more personal by having the opportunity to discover their own family history for free.”

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KC UNDERGROUND

John Lennon, Elizabeth Taylor, Salvador Dali, David Niven ... all have a Kansas City area connection. What could link a famous musician, actors and a surrealist artist to this town?

It’s their immigration records.

All are stored underground at the National Records Center, part of the Department of Homeland Security, at the Space Center Inc. location in northern Lee’s Summit.

The facility last week celebrated its 15th year of operations, offering a rare glimpse of its secured interior to dignitaries invited to take tours.

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PEELERS IN THE WAR

The Brampton Library (Ontario) will donate an important set of records created during the Second World War to the Archives at PAMA (Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives).

The Peel War Board Records is a set of more than 2,800 index cards created for the men and women of Peel who served during the Second World War.

The cards contain biographical and genealogical details, employment history, education, religious affiliation, military service and honours. While the official service records of these men and women are protected, the information on the cards will be available at the archives.

An index to the cards will be available at pama.peelregion.ca.

THE CIVIL WAR IN ILLINOIS

"The Civil War in Illinois" is an illustrated softcover work of 184 pages by Mr. Tom Emery, who lives in Carlinville. He is a contributor to multiple Illinois newspapers, and he has lectured on his research to audiences statewide, including many in the Quad-Cities.

His current release is a compilation of the biweekly newspaper column on Illinois in the Civil War that he wrote from August 2011 to May 2014. The columns, which are presented in chronological format in the book, cover all of the leading topics of the Civil War in Illinois, including the top leaders, regiments and issues, the state’s participation in key battles, and life on the homefront.

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

THE IRISH WAR MEMORIAL RECORDS

A project to establish exactly how many Irish men died in World War One has begun in the Republic of Ireland.

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HOW TO TRACE CIVIL WAR-ERA GENEALOGY

Here’s a possible speaker for genie societies in northern Illinois / southern Wisconsin:

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, the Sycamore History Museum will host a rare workshop on research. Victoria Bryant Stewart, who studies U.S. legal history at Northern Illinois University, will present “Finding Your Civil War Ancestor: Research with Federal and County Records.” She will explain how best to conduct genealogical and historical searches.

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AMERICAN INDIAN ANCESTRY @ ANCESTRY.COM

To help people with Indian blood trace their roots, Utah-based genealogy website Ancestry.com has partnered with the Oklahoma Historical Society to add more than 3.2 million American Indian historical records and images to its website.

With the new trove, the website will have more than 10 million American Indian historical records, making it the largest online collection of its kind.

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YOU CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT IT WAS LIKE

Two Jewish teenage girls whose tragic circumstances will eventually bring them to Kansas City as young women — and bond them as lifelong friends — struggle to live amidst chaos and sorrow.

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WHATEVER IS KEPT IN MEMORY ENDURES

The mission of making sure that eight men who answered the call to patriotism and service of the United States was not forgotten Saturday as a crowd braved temperatures in the low 30s to celebrate their memories and legacy.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

BRITISH COMMEMORATION OF INDIA’S ROLE IN WWI

The British High Commission commemorated India’s contribution to the World War I effort by organising a reception in Delhi on October 30. The event was a grand affair, organised in the way only the British can.

Their defence minister Michael Fallon, who was also present, paid generous tributes to Indian soldiers: to their fighting qualities and sacrifices. He presented the Indian government with memorials to honour the six Indian soldiers who won Victoria Crosses during the war (another three VCs were won by soldiers hailing from areas now in Pakistan and two by Nepalese serving with the Indian Army).

Britain is working closely with the United Service Institution (USI) on the commemorative programme for the World War. A guide has been funded by the UK government to help people wanting to visit the battlefields of the Indian Corps in France and Belgium. They have also financed a coffee table book giving a pictorial overview of the war. Both are available through the USI. In addition, war diaries of Indian regiments that fought in the same campaign have been digitised and will soon be made available.

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FAMOUS FIRSTS OF ST. LOUIS

Famous Firsts of St. Louis: Presentation and book signing
Tuesday, November 11
10:30am
FREE
St. Louis captures its share of the spotlight with its lengthy list of introductions and number one boasts. Author Diane Rademacher presents a fully illustrated compilation of over 150 St. Louis firsts that are sure to generate civic pride as the city celebrates its 250th anniversary.

Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
5700 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63112
Phone: (314) 746-4599

UTOPIA: REVISITING A GERMAN STATE IN AMERICA

Hello!

November will be such an exciting month in Saint Louis as the Utopia--Revisiting a German State in America exhibition opens. It was a year ago, on November 1, 2013 that the exhibit opened in Giessen Germany to rave reviews. After traveling across Germany to Bremen, and the Atlantic to Washington, D.C. it will be opening on November 22, 2014 at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell in St. Louis. Many exciting programs, lectures, tours, films and books will a wonderful addition to this exhibit by The Traveling Summer Republic until it closes on April 19, 2015.

The Container that has carried the exhibit all this way will arrive on Thursday, November 13. On November 22, 2014 the exhibit will open and a full day of special German events is planned for November 23rd.

Save the Date-On November 23, 2014 a full day of events is planned:

11:00am – 3:00pm (starting hourly – 11, 12, 1 and 2) In the Gallery: Guided tours in the Gallery by artistic directors Oliver Behnecke and exhibition designer Hendrik Weiner.

1:00 – 3:00pm – Schnucks Classroom: Children’s Craft Activity

12:00 - 12:30pm – Grand Hall --St. Louis German Männerchor (Men’s Choir)

10:00am – 4:00pm – In the Gallery “Muss I denn” (Must I leave?) Esther Steinbrecher

11:00am – 12:00pm – ATT Room Lecture--Presentation and Book Signing by Dorris Keeven-Franke “Utopia-Revisiting a German State in America”

12:00 – 2:00pm – Lee Auditorium “Looking back to Utopia”. Artistic director Peter Roloff talks about the development of the Utopia project.

3:00 – 5:00pm – Lee Auditorium Documentary: Utopia: Revisiting a German State in America FREE Screening

For more complete information visit the Missouri History Museum website.

For those that are descendants of the Giessen Emigration Society don't forget there are special events planned as well on December 13, 2014.

Please feel free to forward and share this information with your friends and family!

Dorris Keeven-Franke, Executive Director
Missouri Germans Consortium

BATTLE OF FRANKLIN

The Battle of Franklin, on November 30, 1864, was the second engagement in two days between troops of John Bell Hood and John M. Schofield, the first being the Battle of Spring Hill on the 29th.

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DEDICATION OF THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWNS

On November 11, 1921, President Harding presided over the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknowns, also commonly called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which originally honored fallen American servicemen from World War I whose remains had not been identified.

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