Monthly Archives: November 2014
The Greyhound Bus Company is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a “Cross Country Centennial Tour” that offers a tour of some vintage buses like the Hupmobile (1914) and Silversides (1947), along with an interactive museum, in different cities / states across America. For more information about the Greyhound Centennial Anniversary Tour or the Greyhound Bus Company, please visit www.greyhound.com.
Greyhound began in 1914 in a small mining town of Hibbing, Minnesota by two Swedish immigrants named Andrew “Bus Andy” Anderson and Carl Eric Wickman. Detailed information about the Greyhound history, company, timelines, and founders can be located at www.greyhoundhistory.com.
Library Special Collections is now featuring a display with Greyhound Bus memorabilia from Kentucky in recognition of Greyhound’s 100th anniversary celebration. The display contains books about Greyhound and also the periodical, Backfire, by the Southeastern Greyhound Bus Lines that can be found at Kentucky Library Research Collections. Other interesting items contained in the display are bus schedules, tickets, toy buses, and photographs of vintage buses or old stations.
Before its demise in the mid-19th century, the Whig Party sent four men to the White House. In 1844, the Whigs and their candidate, Kentuckian Henry Clay, were the choice of 16 prominent Warren County citizens, who made their case in an open letter to fellow voters. Most of their rhetoric still infuses political debate today, and could be republished with only the date revised:
The time has come when the American people should feel and know that this great great country of theirs, belongs not to office holders and office seekers, but to them.
A most momentous crisis is at hand in the history of our beloved country…Great principles are in issue.
The Whigs are the advocates of an AMERICAN tariff…discriminating in the amount of duty imposed, between those articles which the American citizen can manufacture or produce and those which they can not… Providence…has filled our mountains and our plains with minerals…and given us a climate and soil for the growing of hemp and wool. These being the great materials of our national defence, they ought to have extended to them adequate and fair protection.
The Whigs are in favor of a well regulated Bank of the United States; of a reduction and reform of the expenditures of Government, and a modification of the executive powers of the President.
Remembering that we are one people, in town and country all the same, elevated by the same prosperity, depressed by the same misfortunes, subject to the same laws and warmed by the same patriotism, let us unite together as one man [sic] around our principles and sustain our men [sic] and our measures by our suffrages at the polls.
A typescript of this Whiggish appeal is part of the Manuscripts & Folklife Archives collections of WKU’s Department of Library Special Collections. Click here to access a finding aid. For other collections about elections, search TopSCHOLAR and KenCat. And don’t forget to vote!
WKU Libraries got the word out about the benefits and importance of Open Access during the annual week of awareness. “It was our goal to inform students, especially, what Open Access means and why freedom of scholarly information is so critical in this day,” said Deana Groves, Department Head of Technical Services in WKU Libraries. A committee of Library faculty and staff organized a display to educate students, along with other faculty and staff, about WKU’s open access platform, TopSCHOLAR. Large posters illustrated how far WKU’s scholarly research reaches across the globe. Faculty member Laura DeLancey handed out cookies with the universal Open Access symbol of the open lock to patrons in the Commons along with free waters that showed short facts about Open Access in an effort to further educate the public.
Associate Dean of Special Collections UK and Co-Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, Deirdre A. Scaggs discussed her book written with co-author Andrew W. McGraw titled The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today’s Cook. The discussion was part of the WKU Libraries’ “Kentucky Live!” speaker series partnered with Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Bowling Green, KY, where the event took place on the evening of November 13, 2014.