Chronicling America: Resource for Genealogy Research

Newspapers are an important resource in performing genealogical research.  The researcher can find birth, marriage, and death announcements. Obituaries and articles on ancestors that made news headlines can also be found. Since newspapers are prone to deterioration, many institutions are using preservation methods that include digitization and microfilming in order to preserve the historical contents…
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Audiobook Appreciation Month

June is Audiobook Appreciation Month!   What are audiobooks? Audiobooks are recordings of a text being read.  Audiobooks or "talking books" began in the 1930s with the American Foundation for the Blind and The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. It wasn't until the 1970s that the term "audiobook" began to be used.   Here at…
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History At A Glance: Slidell, Industry Capital of the South

In 1875, Slidell was known as the industrial capital of the South. Schooners carried building materials from Slidell ports to the New Orleans area. Timber and cattle provided income for many Slidell families. In 1881, an early inland settlement began at Robert’s Landing on the banks of Bayou Bonfouca. Early commerce began with the import…
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Amish Science Fiction?

I am a longtime reader of science fiction - apocalyptic science fiction in particular. I enjoy seeing fictional characters attempt to survive "worst case scenario" events. I also have an enduring fascination with the Amish (as well as other cultures whose ways are so unfamiliar to me). I have often supposed that groups like the…
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50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

On June 5, 1968, 42-year-old presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was mortally wounded shortly at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. His death would shock the world and lead Nixon to the presidency.  Numerous books have been written about the Kennedy family, especially about RFK, affectionately known as Bobby.  Here are a few you can…
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Manga Mania, Week 4

Manga is a term used to describe comics and graphic novels created in Japan.  Since the boom of the United States' manga distribution in the mid to late 2000s, many series have found their home on our shelves.  And with so many titles to go through, Manga Mania is a 4-part series of articles where we…
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