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14 Feb 2017

Love Stories Found in Ex-Slave Narratives

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Happy St. Valentine's Day to my readers. Today's post is about love stories found in ex-slave narratives at the Library of Congress. These narratives are available here: Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938. Containing more than 2,300 first person accounts of slavery and 500 photographs [...]

3 Feb 2017

Searching the Historic American Buildings Survey

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HABS team in 1934 measuring the Kentucky School for the Blind. (Courtesy HABS, Library of Congress) Interested in searching the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) to find a connection between an ancestor and a specific place? HABS was established in 1933 when Charles E. Peterson, a young landscape architect proposed [...]

9 Jan 2017

World War II Diaries of Friendship, Suffering, Death

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From the Washington Post today, a story of World War II diaries of friendship, suffering, death now preserved at the Library of Congress. In September 1944, after two years of suffering in POW camps in the Philippines, U.S. Army Lt. George Washington Pearcy was being transferred to one of Japan’s [...]

11 Aug 2016

Rambles Through Our Country in 1890

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The Library of Congress Prints and Photos blog today features an 1890 game called Rambles Through Our Country – An Instructive Geographical Game for the Young. While it's nice just to marvel at the chromolithograph printing of this colorful game, this item has research value for genealogists working on records from the [...]