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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
“Have a great summer! Stay cool!”

“Have a great summer! Stay cool!”

Did you have an embarrassing yearbook photo? Maybe you had a ridiculous hairstyle or you still had some adolescent gawkiness left in you. The good new is that those days are past you. The bad news: Those photos live on forever at the Davenport Public Library. The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center, located in the basement of the Main Street Library, has high school yearbooks dating back to the 1910′s. Old high school yearbooks are not only a great way to reminisce, but they can also be useful in identifying people in old snapshots you may have and can be used for genealogical research. For more information on Davenport Public Library’s yearbook holdings, you can call the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at 563-326-7902.

If you’re still down about your crummy yearbook photo, visit the websites below to see how dorky celebrities looked in their yearbook photos (the photo at the top of the page is of a young Ryan Seacrest.)

http://thechive.com/2012/06/05/rockstars-high-school-yearbook-pictures-are-well-very-un-rockstar-30-photos/

http://www.celebyearbookphotos.com/

And, this should make you feel better……….. this is George Clooney:

Seriously.

June 7, 20120 comments
April eConnections – Davenport Public Library’s Electronic Newsletter

April eConnections – Davenport Public Library’s Electronic Newsletter

April 4, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #9: I like big boats and I cannot lie.

Titanic Fact #9: I like big boats and I cannot lie.

Relative size of the Titanic (pictured in black.)

King Edward VII, after whom the Edwardian Era is named, liked big things. His mother, Queen Victoria, was famous for being respectable and tasteful. Edward liked to encourage excess in all that he did. This had a big impact on fashion. Under Edward’s reign, curves became highly fashionable, and women were encouraged to be a bit bigger than they had in other times in history.

If you’re curious about the fashion of the Edwardian Era, visit the Davenport Public Library’s Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. They have an enormous collection of both print and digital images dating from the 1880s to present and access to various digital image archives.

Stop back tommorrow for more interesting Titanic Facts and mark your calendar for Titanic: 100 Years Later at the Fairmount Branch on April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

April 3, 20120 comments