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Monthly Archives: October 2010
Don’t let the clouds keep you away from our Noon concert today at Java City. St. Louis based singer/songwriter Kevin Renick will entertain with his moving, authentic style. He turned his personal experience of job loss into a song that became the title track for the movie “Up in the Air.”
In January 1862, Private William J. Green, encamped with an Illinois regiment near Paducah, Kentucky, wrote letters to his brothers, 16-year-old Samuel and 10-year-old John. He and the “boys in my Mess” had enjoyed the “Turkeys Pies and Bread” and the “Butter and Cake” his family had sent and were pleasantly settled, notwithstanding the rain and mud, in plank-floored tents with stoves.
Although none of the local civilians “claimed to be Secesh,” William knew there were many secessionists in the area. As a farmer’s son, he even had some favorable comments about their crops and orchards. William told Samuel of his 11-day march through McCracken, Graves and Calloway Counties, and of the Confederate sympathizers he encountered near the town of Murray. The people there were stubbornly convinced, he wrote, that “we will never Conquer the South” and, lacking newspapers to tell them otherwise, “say that the Rebels have thrashed us every battle.”
Although William and his brother Samuel, who also served, made it through the war, they would both die within two months of each other in 1867.
Private William J. Green’s letters are part of the collections of WKU’s Special Collections Library. Click here to download a finding aid. For more Civil War collections, search TopScholar and KenCat.
WKU alum William Drost has generously donated to WKU Libraries perpetual use of the databases of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). Users can search the following subcollections:
|AAPG Special Volumes|
|Gulf Coast Group (USA)|
|Journal of Petroleum Geology|
|Journal of Sedimentary Research|
|Midcontinent Group (USA)|
|Pacific & Asia Group|
|Rocky Mountain Group (USA)|
|Search and Discovery|
|South & Central America|
|Southwestern Group (USA)|
|The Society for Organic Petrology|
|West Coast Group (USA)|
Thank you, William Drost, for making this resource available to the WKU community.
WKU Libraries is happy to announce the acquisition of the new online resource the American Founding Era Collection. This collection features thousands of digital primary documents about key figures in America’s beginnings. The collection includes:
· The Adams Papers Digital Edition
· The Papers of Thomas Jefferson Digital Edition
· The Dolley Madison Digital Edition
· The Papers of James Madison Digital Edition
· The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition
Today, scrapbooking is a popular pastime but fortunately for historians and genealogists, this activity is not new. Many early scrap bookers were also genealogists and through their scrapbooking activities, they preserved not only a part of their life, but left a legacy of their family’s history. Many of the scrapbooks in our collections contain such diverse items as photographs, correspondence, telegrams, tickets, obituaries, booklets, programs, correspondence and newspaper photographs and clippings, certificates, telegrams, narratives, bills of undertakers, promotional notices, grade and postcards.
One scrapbook donated by Mary Vogel contained a hand written 1851 genealogical chart for Johannes Volpert who was born in Germany in 1795. Though the chart is written in German, there is a note on the chart in English “this was given me by the Priest in my mother’s home, I was in the house where she was born, in the church where my grandparents were married…”
These wonderful time capsules show that with care and consideration genealogy and family history can very easily incorporated into today’s scrapbooking to create lasting legacies.
A happy crowd enjoyed the sounds of BG band Liberation last Tuesday on the patio outside Java City. Though billed as Bowling Green’s premier nightclub rock band, they demonstrated they were alot more than that. Thanks to Independence Bank for their continued sponsorship.
Johnny Cash should have written a song about it. In March 1934, a guy named Clarence couldn’t wait to drop a line from Paintsville, Kentucky to his girl Mary. “I have just got out of jail,” he wrote, “and was sure glad to get out.” Some ex-cons might have been thinking about finding a good meal, or a good night’s sleep, or a good woman, but Clarence had only two things on his mind: catching “the first big, black thing that comes along that looks like a freight train” and then getting his old job back. He was tired of being chased by the law.