Daily Archives: September 19, 2007

Far Away Places: the Sahara


David Keeling, Head of Geography and Geology, talked about the Sahara in this week’s Far Away Places Series on Thursday, September 20th at Barnes & Noble.

Keeling traveled to the Sahara last October and November as Expedition Lecturer for the American Geographical Society’s educational expedition programs.

You may revisit the event by viewing a Flickr photo album and a YouTube movie clip, or by listening to/synching to a podcast of Dr. Keeling’s speech.

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Dementia Cookie Box Performed at Java City

Dementia Cookie BoxedToday, the WKU Libraries presented Dementia Cookie Boxed at Java City in Helm Library. The duo band performed “The Cookie Crunch of Grunge.” You may find out more about the event by visiting a photo album on Flickr.

To learn more about the band, visit its My Space, web site, and YouTube.

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Kitchen Kitsch

appraiser Joe RossonOn Saturday, August 18 area collectors participated in Antique Appraisal Day. The theme of this year’s event was “Kitchen Kitsch” with “Treasurers in your Attic” personality Joe Rosson returning as the featured appraiser.

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Report Cards Sure Have Changed

Earlier this year Sarah Richardson of Atlanta, Georgia, donated a handmade report card for S.H. Orr dated March 5, 1875. The card reports on Mr. Orr’s attendance, number of words missed, number of head marks, and number of idle marks. After research, we are still unable to determine what “head marks” are. The card pronounces Orr’s behavior as “good” and his advancement as “good.” The report is signed by his teacher J.O. Edwards, who was running the Pilot Grove school in Grayson County, Texas. Mr. Orr was related to the Orr family of Adair County, Kentucky. In the top right hand corner, you will notice that a later individual has sent this to Sara Nell [Orr] “to put in the Bible–when she gets it.”

The salient feature of this otherwise utilitarian document is the illustrative material. The leaves surrounding the report were most likely drawn by the student; each is filled with a quotation. Two of the leaves are filled with a passage from Psalm 23; another is filled with a classical homily; another contains a quotation from J.O. Edwards, the teacher.

The Manuscripts section of the Kentucky Library & Museum is always interested in adding new items to our collection with Kentucky ties. If you have letters, diaries, journals or travel accounts, business records, club minutes or records that you would like for us to review for possible donation, please contact Jonathan Jeffrey at 270-745-5265 or e-mail him at jonathan.jeffrey@wku.edu

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