Dr. David Keeling from WKU Department of Geology and Geography, talked about Gabon in WKU Libraries’ Far Away Places program at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Thursday, November 17, 2011.
Monthly Archives: November 2011
The son of longtime music professor Franz Strahm and a WKU graduate, Victor Strahm (1897-1957) began flight training after the U.S. entered World War I. By the time the war ended, he had achieved the coveted designation of “ace.” Victor’s letters home to his parents comprise only one of the scores of collections at the Kentucky Library & Museum that document the lives and experiences of veterans from the Civil War through Iraq and Afghanistan. An ongoing project seeks to document the experiences of WKU alumni in particular. Click here for a finding aid to Victor Strahm’s papers and here to learn more about the WKU Veterans History Project. Lest we forget, WKU’s Special Collections Library collects.
In conjunction with the Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War traveling exhibition hosted in the Kentucky Museum, Dr. Glenn LaFantansie, WKU’s Richard Frockt Family Professor of Civil War History, gave a talk on “Lincoln and Secession” at the museum’s Western Room on the evening of November 9, 2011. His talk drew a large crowd and triggered a lively discussion among the audience.
In 1935, Louisa Tate Bousman (1906-1979) was just beginning her career as a teacher, writer, collector and authority on the folk arts of weaving, spinning and dyeing. Within the next two years, she would present exhibits of Kentucky handweaving at New York’s Folk Arts Center and Louisville’s Speed Art Museum.
But “Lou Tate,” as she was known professionally, had already taken a great interest in documenting the rich tradition of weaving in her home town of Bowling Green. She contacted Mary Taylor Leiper at WKU’s Special Collections Library, who offered to show her the museum’s collection and put her in touch with local owners of significant handwoven textiles. Tate proposed that the results of her investigations be used to plan an exhibit at the museum, which she promised would be “intensely interesting.”
Tate summarized the results of her field work and gave a copy to the Kentucky Library & Museum. Although she made clear that her paper, “Handwoven Textiles,” had only scratched the surface of Bowling Green’s treasury of coverlets, counterpanes, shawls and quilts, she included not only photos of her discoveries but actual scraps of weaving – three-dimensional examples that brought to life the color combinations and textures lovingly created by weavers whose work had survived for generations, even though their names were often lost to history.
A finding aid for Lou Tate’s paper can be downloaded by clicking here, and a finding aid for her associated correspondence with Mary Leiper can be downloaded by clicking here. For more collections on weaving and folk art, search TopSCHOLAR and KenCat.
Several objects from the Kentucky Library & Museum collection are featured in the exhibit, “Civil War: My Brother, My Enemy” at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville. They include political items such as a unique Henry Clay campaign pipe, several ribbons promoting the candidacies of James Buchanan, John C. Breckinridge, and Henry Clay; two Civil War era handbills; and two everyday objects – a china head doll and mid-19th century sewing machine.
Running through April 8, 2012, “My Brother, My Enemy,” explores how the Civil War impacted Kentuckians and examines the heart-wrenching and personal stories of the nationwide conflict that forever severed once close-knit relationships here in Kentucky. More information about the exhibit.
On the evening of November 7, 2011, Dr. Patricia Minter from the History Department discussed “Lincoln, Civil Liberties, and Habeas Corpus.” She discussed Lincoln’s handling of anti-war protest and civil rights. This was an important issue with many parallels being made between the civil war and the war on terror. The lecture was part of the travelling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.”
WKU Libraries’ Web site with its One-Search Box hit the Top 5 most visited Web sites from WKU’s homepage for the month of October with 48,434 visits immediately after it’s new look’s debut in the OUCampus content management system.
According to WKU Public Affairs, the Google Analytics reports that WKU Libraries came in fifth after the WKU homepage, Webmail, Current Students landing page and Academics landing page.
Way to go WKU Libraries!!!
Dr. Jerry W. Passon, who teaches English and technical writing at Hopkinsville Community College, gave a talk on corvette in literature and culture as an American symbol at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Bowling Green, KY on the evening of November 10, 2011. The event was the last of the “Kentucky Live! Southern Culture at Its Best” talks series organized by the WKU Libraries.
This is the last week for WKU Libraries’ Food Drive and the Professional Marketing Association’s Denim/Clothing Drive.
Help out the disadvantaged by bringing in canned food for the Salvation Army and/or clothing for the International Center.
Bring food to Circulation and place any clothes in the bins in the front lobby by Cravens fourth floor entrance.
On the evening of November 3, 2011 in the Western Room of Kentucky Building, WKU Libraries kicked off the month-long traveling exhibition titled “Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War with the “Background of Conflict and the Election of 1860” presentation given by Carol Crowe-Carraco, WKU Professor of History, and Nancy Baird, Kentucky Historian. This exhbition was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs and was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.