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Last October Offerings Demonstration

Last October Offerings Demonstration

Today is the last day for Special Collections’ genealogy databases demonstration, October Offerings! They will be at the Fairmount Branch tonight from 6:00-7:00pm. No registration is required, just bring yourself!

October 24, 20130 commentsRead More
Who is Jonas Grumby?

Who is Jonas Grumby?

Though rarely used after the series pilot, Jonas Grumby was the name of the Skipper on Gilligan’s Island.

You are not related to the Skipper; he is a fictional character from a TV show. But, if you are hard-pressed to fill out the real names on some of the branches of your family tree, in addition to regular weekday hours, the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center is open on the second Sunday of January, February, and March from 1-4pm for genealogy and local history research.  Who knows? You might just find you have an ancestor in common with Alan Hale Jr. (the actor who portrayed the Skipper.)

January 9, 20130 comments
Coffee and Census (and Catwoman)

Coffee and Census (and Catwoman)

1940 was a huge year in the world of comic books; it marked the debut of Catwoman. The alter-ego of Selina Kyle, Catwoman is a skilled burglar and sometimes love interest of Batman. While certainly not a hero, she is also not quite a villain either.  Catwoman’s ambiguous role is illustrated by her ranking #11 on IGN’s list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains and #20 on IGN’s list of the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes.

Find out if there are any crazy cat ladies in your family tree at “Coffee and Census.” Join the Davenport Public Library in celebration of the release of the 1940 Federal Census Population schedules on April 2nd, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center (321 Main Street). The National Archives will be releasing the schedules electronically at 8:00 a.m.  This will be the very first time this information is being seen by anyone other than National Archives staff for nearly 72 years!  You’ll be provided coffee, computers, and as much assistance in using the online schedules as the Special Collections staff can offer.

This special event is free, but space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 563-326-7902.

 

March 20, 20120 comments