NATIONAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Traditionally, in the United States and Canada, the month containing Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday (12th) and Frederick Douglass’s presumed birthday (14th) is when we observe a special period in which we recognize the achievements and contributions by African Americans. The first year of observation was in 1926 and launched by Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
Did you know that the United Kingdom celebrates Black History Month in October?
Come join us in the Todd Library and check out some of our books and/or audio-visual materials.
California’s most famous Gold Rush dates back to the morning of January 24, 1848, when James Marshall was making his customary inspection of the sawmill he was building for John Sutter. He was more interested in finishing the sawmill than the “shining flecks of metal” found in the running water. His discovery though, set an immediate “rush to the mines” and by the Spring of 1849, the largest gold rush in American History was under way. The people who really benefited from the large influx of people were the shipyard and lumber yard owners, since the population grew from 14,000 in 1848 to 250,000 by 1852. Other gold rushes include the Georgia Rush of 1829, Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 and the Porcupine Gold Rush of 1909. Come in and check out information on this great adventure in our country’s history.
“A date that will live in infamy”
December 7, 1941 at 7:55 am (local time) nearly 200 Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii which was considered the US “Gibraltar of the Pacific”. The raid, that lasted less than an hour, killed nearly 3,000 people. A declaration of war was requested by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and approved by the Congress on December 8th, which caused the United States to enter into World War II. Come check out our December Memorial Book Display as we explore past and present history books and videos concerning this most important date.
“Only the Shadow Knows”
Come join us as we explore the History of Radio and celebrate such “Firsts” as the FIRST play-by-play football game (Nov. 23, 1919), the FIRST scheduled radio broadcast (Nov. 2, 1920) when station KDKA broadcasted the results of the presidential election. Did you know that the famous TV show “Meet the Press” originally debuted on radio in 1945?
Ah, “Thanks for the Memories”
Todd Library presents “Issues in Autism/Asperger’s Syndromes” as the focused theme for October 2009. As recently as the early 1960’s, you could hardly find a book on the subject of Autism in order to do research, but not so today! With the increase in diagnosis, comes the rise in our knowledge and literature on the the subjects. Come check out our collection which includes electronic resources as well, for those of you who want to stay home and do your research.