Daily Archives: December 8, 2009

Haiwang Yuan’s book wins Aesop Accolade Award

aesop_accolade_WinnerProfessor Haiwang Yuan’s book, Princess Peacock: Tales from the Other Peoples of China (Libraries Unlimited, 2008), has been selected as one of the American Folklore Society Children’s Section 2009 Aesop Accolade Award recipients. Yuan serves as WKU Libraries Professor and Special Assistant to the Dean for Web & Emerging Technologies.

“This well-organized and richly documented volume is designed to give the American reader a fair view of China as a multi-ethic nation of diverse cultures…The contents of Princess Peacock provide extremely valuable material for the families of the many Chinese children adopted by Americans by introducing and reinforcing knowledge of their ethnic origins,” said the 2009 Aesop Award Committee.


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The Porter Brothers Corn Cob Crusher

Porter Bros. manual (image courtesy of Filson Historical Society)

Porter Bros. manual (image courtesy of Filson Historical Society)

Allen County native Eugene A. Porter (1841-1922) was a farmer and entrepreneur who, together with his three brothers, developed the “corn cob crusher,” a machine that processed corn into livestock feed.  According to a manual at the Filson Historical Society, by 1891 E. A. Porter & Bros. corn crushers were manufactured and sold throughout the South and Midwest for prices ranging from $125 to $165.

Available at WKU’s Special Collections Library is a collection of correspondence dating from 1892 to 1895 documenting Porter’s manufacture, marketing and sale of the corn cob crusher.  In letters to Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and elsewhere, he relays orders to local manufacturers and shippers, licenses dealers, settles accounts and handles complaints.  Porter’s correspondence is also interesting because it is preserved in two letter press books containing about 1,000 sheets each of tissue-thin, linen-fiber paper.  Porter had written each original letter using special ink, which was then transferred to the moistened tissue paper by the use of a press.  The absorbency and transparency of the paper allowed the script to be read from the front side, thus preserving a copy of the letter for Porter’s records.

A finding aid for the Eugene A. Porter collection can be downloaded here.


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Christmas in Kentucky hosted over 1,200 participants

Santa pictureMore than 1,200 people participated in this year’s Christmas in Kentucky event hosted at the Kentucky Library & Museum this past Saturday, December 5. Children visited with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Kentucky Room while others watched Mr. Magic in the Western Room. Big Red floated throughout the building greeting families while the Western Kentucky men’s vocal ensemble, The Red Shirts, sang in several locations. Other activities included ornament making, a scavenger hunt, a cake walk, theatre presentations, and talks with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln.

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Three WKU Databases Benefit from “Value Promise” Initiative

GaleCengage now allows unlimited user access to Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) and Times Digital Archives at no additional cost. This initiative means no turnaways when trying to access these databases that previously were limited to 1-3 users. Usually when a library increases user access, the publisher pricing model increases significantly, especially for unlimited access–the most costly access configuration.
This move is a response to tight economic times for libraries and publishers. WKU also has the Testing & Education Reference Center, already with unlimited users.

Connie Foster, Head

Library Technical Services

December 8, 2009

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Kentucky Library & Museum toys & cards now on exhibit at Historic Riverview

Christmas tree with toys A selection of toys, games and fringed holiday cards are now on loan to Historic Riverview at Hobson Grove as part of its Victorian Holiday tour. During the tour which runs from now until the Friday before Christmas, visitors to Riverview are transported back in time to Christmas 1890 in the setting of Atwood and Julia Hobson’s three-story Italianate home, including a parlor outfitted with the 19th century holiday rage: the quaint and breath-taking Christmas tree, complete with antique decorations and toys.

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