Saturday, August 29, 2015

ABOUT JIMMY CARTER…

What will they say about Jimmy Carter’s presidency? Well, let’s just say he won’t make the top 10...

What will they say about his ex-presidency? Well, let’s just say that President Obama would be a fool not to take a close look at what many historians are calling a model ex-presidency:

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, MISSOURI HISTORY & FAMILIES

Last Opportunity to Pre-Order
Jefferson County, Missouri History & Families Book

The deadline to pre-order this limited edition, 8 ? x 11, hardbound, indexed, heirloom quality book is September 30, 2015 for $54.95 (standard edition) or $89.95 (deluxe edition) + $6.50 for shipping for each book ordered.

Optional name embossing (up to 24 characters, including spaces) on either edition by *pre-order only* is only an additional $6.00 per book.

The book goes to the printer on October 1st. A limited number of *the standard editions will be available after the release date in December, 2015. However, the price will increase to $65.00 + $10.00 for shipping. Embossing will not be an option.

Please visit our website, www.jcgsmo.org, to download an order form. Don’t delay and miss getting this limited edition book for your family or organization.

Christine Merseal
Jefferson County Genealogical Society

MISSOURI MINES STATE HISTORIC SITE

Exhibits, presentations and free museum admission will highlight the Old Mine Open House at Missouri Mines State Historic Site in Park Hills. The open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 at the museum.

Admission to the site and its mining and mineral museum will be free during the open house. The site’s museum contains exhibits on geology and mineral resources, a mineral collection, and pieces of restored underground mining equipment.

Missouri Mines State Historic Site is located in Park Hills on the south side of Highway 32 at the Flat River Drive overpass. For more information about the event, call the site at 573-431-6226.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT NARA-KC


- An author lecture on We Were Hanging by a Thread by Ann Brownfield and David Jackson on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m.
- One day facility closure on Wednesday, September 16
- An author lecture on The Buffalo Soldiers: Their Epic Story and Major Campaigns by Dr. Debra Sheffer on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m.
- A new film series focusing on 20th Century Civil Rights and Liberties debuting Thursday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m.
- An evening lecture on Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower: Myths and Realities of the Civil Rights Struggle with Irwin F. Gellman on Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m.

More info: kansascity.educate@nara.gov

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT MGC

The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering the following activities for the month of September. Genealogy Center is located at 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. All activities are free, but registration is required, unless otherwise noted, call 816-252-7228.

Beginning Census Records, 7 p.m. Sept. 2. Learn to search thousands of family and local history books and the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940. Census records can be searched by name, place of birth, age, ethnicity, and more. This is a beginning level class.

Using FamilySearch, 10 a.m. Sept. 10. Learn tips on searching records, using the research wiki, finding family trees, using the Family History catalog, and more. This is a beginning level class.

Beginning Genealogy, 10 a.m. Sept. 12. Find out the fundamentals of beginning your genealogical research project. Topics: Organization, census information, vital records, and where to look for information.

Beginning Internet Genealogy, 10 a.m. Sept. 14. This class focuses on evaluating websites and will introduce some of the best genealogy sites on the web.

KC Garment District: Piecing Together the Past, 7 p.m. Sept. 15. Local historian David W. Jackson presents insights into the fascinating industry that clothed America with stylish garments that were “Made in Kansas City, U.S.A.” The KC Garment District once represented the largest market of coats and suits in the U.S., second only to Chicago. Explore the history, and find out what is left of the industry and the district today.

Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, 7 p.m. Sept. 16. Search the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940 as well as immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records. Explore city directories, Social Security Death Index, and much, much more.

Hidden Treasures at MGC, 7 p.m. Sept. 21. This detailed tour of little-known items in our collection will demonstrate how to utilize our archives, search for articles in our periodical section, the Swem’s Virginia Historical Index, and the Filby lists. We will also showcase microfilm records from the Family History Library, Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations, Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, Corbin Manuscripts, Draper Manuscripts, Calvert Papers, and we’ll explore city directories in several different formats. This class is an intermediate level class, but more advanced genealogists will make some discoveries.

Using HeritageQuest, 10 a.m. Sept. 23. Learn to search thousands of family and local history books, the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940, and much more. Heritage Quest Online features a new every-name Census index, improved navigation, and many exciting new features. Census records can be searched by name, place of birth, age, and ethnicity. This is a beginning level class.

Walkabout at MGC, 2 p.m. Sept. 25. Learn about all the valuable resources available for genealogy and history research. Each department will be explored as we tour the building, displays, periodicals, microforms, rare books, maps, and more. This is a beginning level class.

Using InterLibrary Loan for Genealogy, 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Learn how to order microfilmed newspapers from across the country, books from other libraries, and films from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. This class covers Internet sources and archival research. This is a beginning level class.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

FIVE THINGS ONLY MIDDLE CHILDREN WILL UNDERSTAND

I was a middle child (older and younger brother), and completely agree with this list, except maybe No. 5:--on occasion during my childhood I did NOT feel lucky to have those brothers:

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FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS IN MILITARY RECORDS

I’m still feeling the afterglow from this year’s NGS conference (plus my Uncle Robert’s kids live in the area), so I’m wishing I could attend this workshop in Stockton, CA:

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A COSMIC THANK-YOU GIFT

Occasionally virtue is its own reward, as four musical Indiana GIs discovered in a very unexpected way:

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GRAFFITI BRIDGE

A U.S. airman in WWII England etched his name, hometown, and the date (August 24, 1943) in wet concrete, and English volunteers are now contacting his 100 year old wife (who just renewed her driver’s license) regarding this shout-out from the past:

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GOGGLE ADVANCED IMAGE SEARCH

It allows you to apply lots of delimiters, including searching for images that you can use without restrictions:

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

RESEARCH PLAN TEMPLATE

This very nice 6-page research plan template created by Angela McGhie is available for free download:

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CREATING DNA CIRCLES

Using a new tool available in AncestryDNA:

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Note: You can also download a great free eBook on this site: I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? (right-side navigation column, about half-way down).

NORTH CAROLINA CONFEDERATE PENSION APPLICATIONS

This free digital collection holds 35,717 applications and contains all of the 1901 pension applications in the custody of the North Carolina State Archives:

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CORNFIELD CONFLAGRATION

On Saturday, Aug. 10, 1861, 154 years ago, the woods and corn fields along Wilson's Creek in southwest Missouri were ringing with the sounds of battle. The booms of cannon and rifles, the pitiful screams of the wounded and dying, the terrified neighing of horses-- it was surely a scene straight out of Dante's Inferno.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

GET ORGANIZED!

Nicely done newspaper column about the benefits of using Evernote in your genealogy research:

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SHUTTING THE DOORS ON ILLINOIS HISTORY

Governor Bruce Rauner wants to solve Illinois’s cash-flow problems by shutting down the 138-year old Illinois State Museum and its satellite locations:

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GEORGE TYLER MOORE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE CIVIL WAR

Jim Broomall is the new keeper of the key to a growing repository of service records for more than 20,000 West Virginia and Virginia soldiers who fought in the Civil War at the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War.

The center, a two-story building at 136 W. German St. that was built in 1795, was the home of Conrad Shindler, a great-great-great grandfather of actress Mary Tyler Moore.

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USING ILL FOR GENEALOGY

Midwest Genealogy Center
August 26 at 10:00 a.m.


Do you think MCPL doesn't have everything you are looking for? Use Inter-Library Loan to expand the walls of your library and encompass a world of information. Come learn how to order microfilmed newspapers from across the country, books from other libraries, and films from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. This class covers internet sources and archival research. This is a beginning level class.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

NOT WORTH THE PAPER IT’S PRINTED ON?

In 1865 Confederate currency was worthless—but that’s no longer the case:

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DEFINITELY NOT A REGULAR PARTNER

The head of the International Red Cross says that his organization “lost its moral compass” when it came to the Holocaust, because it failed to provide Jewish deportees with the same protections and assistance that were extended to Allied prisoners of war:

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JTA ARCHIVE

From their website:

JTA is the definitive, trusted global source of breaking news and analysis on issues of Jewish interest and concern. We are a not-for-profit organization that prides itself on producing compelling, credible, independent, and high-quality journalism. Our reporting reflects the wide spectrum of religious, political and cultural identity within the Jewish community, with our digital properties serving as a town square where Jews of all stripes can debate with and learn about each other.

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MAKING EVERY LEAF COUNT

Would you like to explore new avenues in finding, documenting, and citing sources in your family history research?

Do you need a new method for organizing and storing genealogical materials from your research?
A special workshop brought to you by the Cedar and Vernon County Missouri Genealogical Society, the Bushwhacker Museum, and The State Historical Society of Missouri, is Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. until noon, at the Bushwhacker Museum, 212 W. Walnut St., Nevada.

The State Historical Society of Missouri's Amy L. Waters, reference specialist, will conduct the workshop and provide tips for finding your family's history and organizing it for future generations.

This workshop is suitable for beginning to advanced genealogists, as well as those who want to learn how to best maintain their family history research.

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COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION RECORDS TO BE DIGITIZED

More than half a million British and Empire forces had already been killed in the Great War by the time the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was established to keep an official record of the fallen in May 1917.

Nearly half a million more deaths would follow between then and Armistice Day as the bloodshed of World War I continued on a scale never previously witnessed.

And when Europe slid back into conflict in 1939, the Commission was once again needed to record the fallen.

World War II involved the British public much more directly than the Great War, so the CWGC began to record the names of civilians killed in the Blitz as well as fallen soldiers.

At the request of Winston Churchill, the civilian records were kept secret because the wartime prime minister feared it would hit morale on the home front.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

THE FOREVER WAR

Those who fight today’s wars must often feel alone, as the soaring veteran suicide rate attests. Although we have made progress in understanding and treating post-traumatic stress disorder, the understandable human need to set aside the pain, to stay silent, is still wreaking havoc in our society. Many children will grow up as I did, afraid to ask, afraid to elicit nightmares, afraid to know:

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THE CCC IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN

Two area museums have opened once again for the summer and await visitors to come and learn more about some of Michigan's history and natural wonders.

The Hartwick Pines Logging Museum in Grayling and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum in Roscommon both contain a plethora of knowledge and opportunities for education and interaction for people of all ages.

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SHADOWS FROM THE PAST

All those medals in a beautiful shadow box—who had they been awarded to?

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QUEENSLAND KIA RECORDS ARE NOW DIGITIZED

Almost 10,000 hand-written records of Queenslanders killed in World War 1 have been digitised and are now accessible online through the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.

Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Yvette D'Ath said that following the war, the then Registrar-General, George Porter, decided to ensure the deaths of the soldiers and nurses were registered.

"There was no statutory requirement to document these events and it was certainly not common practice, but he believed access to an official death certificate might provide bereaved families with some form of closure, given their fallen loved ones were buried overseas or had no known grave," Ms D'Ath said.

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WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

What news were citizens of the Confederate states receiving as the Civil War progressed? Read all about it in the Richmond (VA) Daily Dispatch (1860-1865):

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GOOGLE IS WATCHING…

You, my friend--if you use Google's services, it's recording everything you do so it can tailor searches and more to how you use the Internet. And, of course, it's using the information to target you with ads:

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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Friday, August 07, 2015

OUR OTHER HEROES

The push lately has certainly been to record the memories of surviving WWII vets, but this letter writer suggests that we start recording the memories of Vietnam vets while there's still time to create an impressive archive of their stories:

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FACES LIKE DEVILS

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced a program exploring the history of the 19th century Bald Knobber vigilantes. The program will be held at the Missouri State Archives, a division of his office, on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at 7 p.m. Dr. Matthew J. Hernando will present his new book, Faces Like Devils: The Bald Knobber Vigilantes in the Ozarks.

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CHRONICLES OF DISASTER

On Aug. 6, 1945, an atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima, destroying the city and killing tens of thousands of people. Three days later, a second bomb exploded over Nagasaki.

In the months that followed this first-ever nuclear attack, Americans sought to understand the destruction the weapon had wrought. Members of the Yale community played important roles in surveying the devastation and describing the bomb’s human toll. The Yale University Library houses archives that offer insight into this grim work.

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UPCOMING CLASSES COURTESY OF ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY

Here’s a list of classes I’m doing in August and September at various locations in the St. Louis metro area. Don’t forget, Buder Branch Library has a large free parking lot, and you can park for free on Central Library’s public parking lot.

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AUG 13
7 pm-8:30 pm

Picture This: Finding, Editing, & Filing Images

Tom Pearson shows genealogists how to acquire, file, and do basic editing of photographs and other images. Edwardsville Library, 112 S. Kansas Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025. To register/more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

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AUG 15
2 pm-5 pm

Which Test? The Basics of Genetic Testing for Genealogists

Join us as an expert on the subject (Janine Cloud of FamilyTreeDNA) discusses the types of tests available and the information that they can and can’t provide for genealogists ($30 discount on their tests for attendees—you can purchase tests and do the swab at the talk). Central Library, Carnegie Room, 3rd Floor. Registration is required for this special program. To register/more info: tpearson@slpl.org.

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SEP 10
10:30 am-Noon

Czech-American Service & Sacrifice in the American Civil War

Tom Pearson discusses book, microfilm, manuscript, and Internet sources of information on Czech-American service in the Civil War. Central Library, Training Room, 2nd Floor. To register/more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

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SEP 17
7 pm-8:30 pm

Jail & Prison Records for the Genealogist

Tom Pearson discusses book, manuscript, microfilm, and Internet sources of information on ancestors who “did time” in local, state, and federal institutions. Session also covers POWs, internees, and displaced persons. Morrison Talbott Library, 215 Park Street, Waterloo, IL 62298. To register/more information, tpearson@slpl.org.


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SEP 26
2 pm-3:30 pm

Over There: Researching World War I Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen

Tom Pearson discusses book, manuscript, microfilm, and Internet sources of information on ancestors who served in World War I. Buder Branch Library, 4401 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109. To register/more information, tpearson@slpl.org.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE SEPT 2015

Detailed Table of Contents to help you know if you want to buy a copy (print or digital) or check this issue out at a local library:

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Note: You can view Table of Contents (and order a copy if interested) for issues dating back to 2005 here:

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WDYTYA IS BACK!

And here’s a recap of the (warts and all) premiere episode:

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ANOTHER GENEALOGY CONTEST AT GENEABLOGGERS!

The new book Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org by Dana McCullough is filled with tips, tricks and clear instructions on how to get the most out of the FamilySearch website. You’ll learn not only about the basics of FamilySearch, but also find out how to use the Wiki, access Apps and more!

Enter the Win a Copy of the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org this week and you could win a FREE copy of this amazing book. We’ll select three winners and each winner can choose the paperback or e-book version. Many thanks to contest sponsor F+W Media, parent company of Family Tree Magazine!

This is a $25.99 value and you could win if you enter by 11:59 pm CDT on Sunday 9 August 2015. Click here to enter!

BE THE FAMILY SHERLOCK

The Ozarks Genealogical Society, Springfield Missouri Fall Conference, “Be the Family Sherlock,” will be held September 11-12, 2015. Featured speaker will be Lisa Louise Cooke, owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She is producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast and the author of four books relating to genealogy research.

Cooke is a much sought after international genealogy speaker. Her podcasts bring genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world, and recently celebrated 1.5 million downloads!

The conference will be held at the University Plaza Hotel, 333 S John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield, Missouri beginning Friday evening with “The Great Google Earth Game Show” and continuing through Saturday afternoon with three main sessions, one of which is “Using private investigator techniques to find elusive relatives.”

The conference includes vendor exhibits, mini seminars, door prizes, and more. Early registration discount is available through August 31.

Additional information is available at http//:www.ozarksgs.org;

e-mail: conference@ozarksgs.org;

or call 417-861-7503.

Vendors should call 417-865-4945 to reserve space.

Doris Wilson, OGS Publicity Chair
417-890-7528

Sunday, August 02, 2015

BOONE COUNTY TIGERS

This column about the Tigers is the last of 1,662 entries in Life During Wartime, a series that began in the Columbia Tribune on Jan. 2, 2011. The daily columns are being compiled into five hardbound volumes. The first two, for 1861 and 1862, have been published, but only the second volume is available at this time at the Tribune offices. Look for notices of upcoming volumes and opportunities to order the second edition of Volume I.

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AN HONEST AND RESPONSIBLE ATTITUDE

As someone who grew up during the 50s and 60s, it feels weird to side with a spokesperson for a Communist regime, but mainland China has every right to celebrate its successful resistance to Japanese aggression—-although it would be gracious of them to acknowledge the key role American aid played in their success:

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Wednesday urged Japan to take an honest and responsible attitude towards history and secure the trust of its neighbors through solid actions.

Spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks in response to comments made by Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday regarding China's arrangement to commemorate the 78th anniversary of its eight-year resistance against Japanese invasion. Suga said the commemorative events will not help regional peace and stability.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the world war against fascists.

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SWEETHEARTS OF CELL BLOCK B

Two women prisoners arrived at the overcrowded Missouri State Penitentiary today from Gratiot Street Military Prison in St. Louis (30 July 1865), now almost empty as the government sought to cut costs.

Unlike most of the other federal prisoners sent to Jefferson City, the women’s names are not included in the online database of penitentiary prisoners maintained by the Missouri State Archives.

The penitentiary, with cell space for 356 inmates, already held more than 600 because of the effort to empty federal military prisons to cut costs. Every prisoner being held for a set term of months or years was being moved to state custody.

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SWEDISH GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Are you interested in researching your Swedish ancestors? The world of genealogy is changing quickly and new technologies have made it easier than ever to build your Swedish family tree! With the help of instructors Dee and Ray Kleinow, beginning and intermediate genealogists will gain the tools needed to begin connecting the branches and stories in your family tree. We’ll cover the basics of Swedish genealogy through demonstrations using Swedish computer databases, internet research and the Swedish Parish record databases such as Genline (now part of Ancestry.com International), Archives Digital, EmiWeb, and more.

Please bring a bag lunch or plan to purchase one from FIKA, ASI’s cafe. The required textbook, Your Swedish Roots, can be purchased through the ASI Museum Store (Minneapolis, Mn) in person during open hours or by phone (612-870-3364) – please purchase the textbook prior to the workshop, as the Museum Store does not open until noon on Fridays.

Registration is required by October 16 for this October 23 workshop. Space is limited.

Swedish Genealogy Workshop

Registration Phone: 612-871-4907
Cost: Members: $55.00
Cost: Non-Members: $65.00
Full Schedule: Friday, October 23 ― 9 a.m.–4 p.m.


HELLENIC GENEALOGY CONFERENCE

People researching their Greek family history will gather in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 26, 2015, for a full day of lectures and activities. This is the first-ever Greek genealogy conference held in the western U.S. The event will be held at the Hellenic Memorial Building (Holy Trinity Cathedral) 279 South 300 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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