The Mount Prospect Historical Society in partnership with the Mount Prospect Public Library has launched a new community project. Residents and others affiliated with Mount Prospect are asked to share photos and videos and to write essays, impressions and even poems to help others among us put this experience into a larger context and provide those who come after us with a snapshot of what life has been like in Mount Prospect during this COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about this project and how to share your experiences, please see this page on the Mount Prospect Historical Society web site.
News from the Reference Desk Category: History
National Geographic History magazine is coming to our subscription of the National Geographic Virtual Library which contains every page of every issue ever of National Geographic & National Geographic Travel. As of the time of publishing this blog post, History is not yet part of the browse function but will show up in search results. National Geographic Travel magazine will cease to publish at the end of this year but the issues we have already will not vanish from the Virtual Library.
Would you like see your family’s black and white photographs in a new light? You may want to look into a service offered by the genealogy online resource MyHeritage. The company revolutionized the world of online genealogy web sites recently when the company announced that anyone could upload black-and-white photographs to MyHeritage.com and then the web site would AUTOMATICALLY convert each photo to a color image. This service was only available to people who had a full MyHeritage subscription. Now EVERYONE can obtain FREE and unlimited access to MyHeritage In Color™ from March 23 to April 23, 2020. Ordinarily only 10 photos can be colorized by users who do not have a Complete plan, but now, you can colorize as many photos as you’d like for free. A free online access subscription is required if you would like MyHeritage to add the photos to their extensive photograph collection.
To get started, go to http://www.myheritage.com/incolor.
Something you might wonder about when staying safe inside is how people rose to meet other challenges in history. A good way to find out is through historical newspapers. In these you will be able to find headlines, articles, pictures, opinions and the even the weather report at that time. Here are Mount Prospect Public Library’s top three historical newspaper sources:
1. Newspapers.com Library Edition. This is a sibling database of Ancestry.com Library Edition. It has millions of pages from sixteen thousand newspapers extending back to the 17th Century.
2. Newspaper Archive contains hundreds of Illinois papers, including the archives of The Daily Herald. If you browse papers by cities, the full run is found under Arlington Heights. Now available to home users!
3. The Chicago Tribune through the ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Here you can read every issue from 1849 to 1996. It is the easiest to search.
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!
New in Vegan Baking
Sweet Vegan Treats by Hannah Kaminsky
Modern Vegan Baking by Gretchen Price
Easy Vegan Baking by Kimberly Potts
New in Movies
Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers by Donald Bogle
Dynamic Dames: 50 Leading Ladies Who Made History by Sloan De Forest
The Movie Musical by Jeanine Basinger
New in the Classic Literature
Beowulf: A Verse Translation: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism Translated by Seamus Heaney; edited by Daniel Donoghue
The Penguin Classics Book by Henry Eliot
Japanese Ghost Stories edited by Lafcadio Hearn
New in History
The Seine: The River That Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino
The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between by Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz, and Mark Oppenheimer