This image of children dancing at a holiday party is taken from Home for the Holidays, one of the charmingly illustrated children’s books from the Aunt Louisa series. Aunt Louisa was the pseudonym of English writer Laura Jewry Valentine (1814 - 1899).
Valentine, Laura. Home for the Holidays. Warne, Frederich & Co., London, 1873. Call No: Wing ZP 8452 .602.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has rolled out a new, updated catalog.
Some of the high points include:
Dennis McClendon, a Chicago cartographer and historian, has created the website, Chicago in Maps, which provides links to various historic maps of Chicago scattered around the web.
The theme for the American Library Association Midwinter RUSA Genealogy Preconference is “Meeting the Needs of Your Family History Patrons.” The preconference will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601.
For those of you planning a trip to the Newberry to look at microfilm or microfiche, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve just installed a second reader/printer/scanner machine. These devices allow you to create .tif or .jpg image files and store them on a USB drive. The new machine creates .pdf files as well. And, of course, both machines allow you to print. Copies from all the computer and reader printers are now charged at a flat rate of $0.10 per page.
Join us next Saturday at 9:30 for the monthly Genealogy and Local History Orientation. This event is especially helpful for those new to genealogical research or new to research at the Newberry. After the orient ion, stay and start your research in the General Reading Room where the reference staff will be available to assist you.
Here is an image of the Everrett House Thanksgiving Dinner menu for November 24, 1870 from the Newberry’s collection (call no.Vault broadside Graff 1275).