While working with one of the Midwest Genealogy Center’s archival collections, the Titus Family Collection, I came across an interesting bit of history. In the course of my transcription of letters written by Private Square Holt during the Civil War, I came across a reference to a “gun that fired a thousand pound shot.” This description intrigued me, so I decided to look into the gun and to find the history of this “monster” cannon.
With Episode VII of the Star Wars saga now in production, my inner fanboy is on pins and needles. On the one hand, NEW STAR WARS FILMS! On the other hand, the last time we got new Star Wars films, the results were rather underwhelming.
June 6, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day for “Operation Overlord” or the beginning of the Battle of Normandy. The name “D-Day” simply meant the “Day” day. The weather played an important role in the choice of day. A clear day was needed to prevent poor visibility for both the air crews and choppy seas for the landing parties, so the weather on June 6, 1944 made it the perfect invasion day.
The Summer Reading Program is once again upon us, and watching children live out the adventures of their favorite fictional figures has caused me to reminisce about my favorite character when I was a kid,Dorrie the Little Witch. Dorrie, from the children’s series by Patricia Coombs, lives in a large house with the Big Witch (her mother) and Cook.
The world seems to be divided into two groups: the trend-setters and the trend-followers. This is true in fashion, in food, and in life in general, and the book world is no different. As publishing and bookselling continue to change, a “sure thing” will be even harder to predict. When readers respond to one particular book, other writers, editors, and publishers take notice and strive to capture the same lightning…and trends are born.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a woman’s organization rich in history since its founding almost 125 years ago. In addition to helping preserve our nation's history, this organization is also dedicated to assisting with community and volunteer activities. Since DAR is also a lineage society, they are involved in the practice of genealogy and provide access to many types of genealogical materials. The Pioneer Chapter of Independence, Missouri will soon be celebrating its 100th year anniversary.
County Histories Offer a Wealth of Historical Context
You’ve gathered names and dates while filling in a family tree chart, so what is the next step?
If your goal is to create a clear picture of your family’s life in generations past, try browsing through MGC's books to find county histories! You never know what you may find, even things that can lead you in unexpected directions.
Someone I know once had an encounter with Bigfoot. They didn’t actually see Bigfoot, but they heard some strange noises and found huge footprints on their property. There have been hoaxes throughout the years, but personally, I find the idea of such a creature existing very exciting. Whether you call it Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, or Momo, there have been sightings worldwide of these giant apelike creatures. Could all of these people have been mistaken about what they’ve seen?
Summer is almost here!!! For those of you who get the chance to leave town in the summer, MCPL has just the thing for you. We have books, DVDs, magazines, Online Resources, and links that will not only give you ideas about where you might want to go, but what to do when you get there.