As a busy homeschool teacher and parent, I am constantly trying to find ways to maximize our time…especially when we are in the car driving to fieldtrips, library events, or sports. It is amazing how many hours you can accrue doing “car-schooling.” I wanted to share a fun literature unit idea that should fit with any curricula or age group you teach…all available at your local Mid-Continent Public Library branch!
MGC’s Archival Collections…Now with Digital Access!
The Midwest Genealogy Center has exciting news to share! We have begun to add digital archival collections to our website. Digital archival collections will help provide wider access to genealogists, especially those who don’t live close to MGC. These collections will be online and accessible through any browser. If you find images that you want, they can be downloaded to a computer and saved. Items such as letters, record books, photographs, and more will be easier to read and use during research.
Welcome to the newest addition of MCPL’s Virtual Branch—the Homeschool Page!
The new section includes many great resources, including, new, updated websites (curriculum, blogs, tips & tricks, and more!), events for homeschool kids and teens, and blogs by our Homeschool Advisory Team. This team is made up of actual homeschool families who will share their experiences with library resources and how they utilize them in their everyday learning.
Using Newspapers to Enhance Your Genealogical Search
An abundance of genealogical information can be found in newspapers, but many genealogists only think of newspapers to find obituaries. However, obituaries are not the only type of information you can find about your family. Maybe your father was the star quarterback on his high school football team. Maybe you have a famous ancestor that was a celebrity or politician like Harry Truman. Since the Midwest Genealogy Center is located in President Truman’s hometown, I just had to mention one of Independence, Missouri’s most famous citizens.
I recently finished reading Marisha Pessl’s novel, Night Film. This thriller centers on Scott McGrath, an investigative journalist who’s looking into the death of Ashley Cordova. Ashley, the 24-year-old daughter of the mysterious and infamous cult film director Stanislas Cordova, has apparently committed suicide in an abandoned warehouse. McGrath had investigated Cordova about five years before, believing the film director was into something illicit. This proved to be a humiliating mistake for McGrath.
In 2000, the United States Federal Census reported that almost 43 million Americans claimed German ancestry, making them the largest ancestry group in America. That is a lot of history to be shared, and we can help you find and make sense of your German ancestry with many of our resources. For instance, did you know that you can piece together more than just your ancestry? Understanding the history behind why your ancestors came here is just as important.