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Home Movie Day, October 18

Older photographs and home movies are rich treasures of family history.  Have you been wanting to look at and preserve your older home movies?  The Center for Home Movies (http://www.centerforhomemovies.org/) has designated October 18 as the day to do just that.  Over 100 museums and film societies across the world are hosting special events where people can bring their films, view them with others, and get professional guidance about how to best preserve them.  The free Chicago-area event is being held at the Chicago History Museum on October 18 from 11 AM to 3 PM.   At this event you will be able to watch the films with musical accompaniment by silent film pianist, David Drazin.  For more information about this event click here.

 

By annes on October 8, 2014 Categories: Community, History, Photography

Photographs from the Field Museum

Chicago’s Field Museum is known for its notable specimens numbering over 24 million.  Did you know that the museum also has tens of thousands of photographs in its collection?  Many of them are available online at http://fieldmuseum.org/explore/department/library/photo-archives/collections.  The photos include scenes from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and historic photos from Africa, Peru, the South Pacific and the United States.  This collection documents the history and architecture of the Museum, its exhibitions, events, staff and scientific expeditions.

By annes on June 3, 2014 Categories: History, Museums, Photography

Civil War Images from The New York Times

The American Civil War occurred 150 years ago yet images of its battles remain provocative.  They remind us of what war is really like and how its wounds can resonate for decades.  The New York Times has created a video of still photos which are available in historical archives.  The link to this video is http://nyti.ms/10v0FpL.

By Patricia Smolin on May 25, 2013 Categories: Genealogy, History

Citizenship Test Q&A (2013)

We have many titles to help you prepare for the Citizenship Test, located near the Reference Desk. We also want to share the link to the 100 Civic questions and answers for the naturalization test, as made available by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

By Patricia Smolin on February 20, 2013 Categories: History, Immigration

Film “Lincoln” sparks visits to Springfield, IL

Box office success of Steven Spielberg’s new film Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, has boosted public interest in the life of Abraham Lincoln, and visits to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, IL

If you were drawn to the film, you may want to visit the Illinois Digital Archives collection of Lincoln documents from the State Library and the Illinois State Archives.

 

By Patricia Smolin on January 10, 2013 Categories: Genealogy, History

Finding an apartment with RentSocial.com

RentSocial.com is a new website using social networking to search for an apartment. Similar to the consumer-reviewed site Yelp, users can leave remarks of buildings they currently or used to live in. You can also create your own RentSocial profile using your info from Facebook. The site gives an “activity feed,” where building owners, friends and neighbors can post messages. It’s all free of charge to users (the site makes money by charging building owners a monthly fee to be listed).

By Patricia Smolin on April 19, 2012 Categories: Consumer, History, Rent

Library of Congress: Historic American Newspapers

The Library of Congress has a website which allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1860-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

By MPPL on January 17, 2011 Categories: Genealogy, History