Lenape Man Changing Indiana’s Views on Native History

21 Aug

Lenape Michael Pace is “living history” at Connor Prairie in Indiana–a state named for Indians, but not all that attentive to making room for their voices to be heard.

At Indian Country Today, you can learn more about Pace and the Lenape through Alyse Landry’s post: Getting it Right: Lenape Man Changing Indiana’s Views on Native History – ICTMN.com.

Abraham Lincoln’s “Blind Memorandum”

21 Aug

On its 150th anniversary, the “blind memorandum” reminds us that historical outcomes we may take for granted in hindsight (like Lincoln’s re-election in 1864) do not always appear so certain at the time.

“Blind memorandum”? One hundred and fifty years ago, then-President Lincoln did  not think he would be reelected. He wrote a memo to that effect in which he also pledged to work to save the Union with the new president-elect before Lincoln left office. Then he  sealed the memo and had his cabinet sign it “blind.”

Signatures of Lincoln’s cabinet members on the reverse of the “Blind Memorandum.” Abraham Lincoln Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

Michelle Krowl of the Library of Congress explains all this, and presents the memorandum digitally, here: Abraham Lincoln’s “Blind Memorandum” | Library of Congress Blog.

Saving a Native American Language

19 Aug

Marie Wilcox is a Californian. Her roots go back before any Europeans arrived in what became the Golden State. She is Wukchumni, of the Yokuts tribal group. The Wukchumni are not recognized by the federal government as a tribe, but Ms. Wilcox has nevertheless spent her life creating a dictionary of the Wukchumni language. You can find about Ms. Wilcox and her language here through the story by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee at the New York Times‘Who Speaks Wukchumni?’ – NYTimes.com.

Happy 100th Birthday, Panama Canal

18 Aug

In addition to remembering things connected with the American Civil War 150 years ago, or the Great War 100 years ago, there is also the Panama Canal to recall.

The seagoing tug, “Gatun” made the first trip through the Panama Canal’s Gatun Locks on Sept. 26, 1913. Prints and Photographs Division, LC

The canal was completed 100 years ago last Friday. Erin Allen has a post on it from the Library of Congress (LC) here: Trending: Happy 100th Birthday, Panama Canal | Library of Congress Blog.

Where We Came From, State by State

15 Aug

Originally posted on Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies:

These maps from The Upshot are fascinating. They also provide some “backstory” to immigration issues today:

Where We Came From, State by State – NYTimes.com.

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Boston Line atlas for the blind

13 Aug

Rebecca Onion at Slate’s The Vault has posted some scans from an 1837 atlas for the blind. You can find this fascinating post here: History of education for the blind: Samuel Gridley Howe’s Boston Line atlas.

A bit of Robin Williams archivally–at the Library of Congress

12 Aug

Mike Mashon at the Library of Congress (LOC) provides something of a brief historical reflection on the late Robin Williams. You can find his piece, and archival links, here: Robin Williams | Now See Hear!.

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