Old Newspapers

Want to travel to the past? You can by reading a century-old issue of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Without leaving your home you can view issues from 1903-1913 through the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America project. The database includes papers published between 1836 and 1922 throughout the U.S. And just to illustrate how history sometimes repeats itself, check out the July 11, 1912 edition of the TD. It includes a story of the bitter resignation of a university president who clashes with the Board of Visitors. This time the conflict was at Virginia Tech.…continue reading →

The Icing on the Cake: true stories from StoryCorps

Ever wondered what stories your family might have to tell? StoryCorps helps America listen and remember. In less than a decade, StoryCorps has recorded and preserved over 30,000 interviews; children interviewing parents, husbands telling romantic stories about their wives. All of the interviews are stored at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. In "The Icing on the Cake" Connie Alvarez interviews her mother Blanca Alvarez about coming to America. Blanca tells of how she and her husband struggled to support themselves and their family. Daughter Connie looks back and finds…continue reading →

A New Birth of Freedom

Join with the college community and watch the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States. Each campus has planned a public showing of the event on Tuesday, January 15 at 11:30 AM. At Midlothian the library will be hosting the inauguration. We plan to drop the big screens and project a live feed. In cases where I try to choose agency that will make essays help for me, most people offer me essayspark.com organization Everyone is welcome to attend.continue reading →

Education, Education, keep fightin’ for it

“Did you see all the old folks in the Center, some older than me and I'm 57. The younger people come at night, they work in the day time.  Education, Education, keep fightin for it.” -From an interview with a woman in an adult education class at Abyssinia Baptist Church, West 130th Street, New York City, May 2, 1939. Poignant, powerful voices from the Great Depression can be heard on the American Life Histories website.  Over 2000 people were interviewed as a part of the Federal Writers’ Project, and the details of how…continue reading →

Tell me a story

Children aren’t the only ones who love to hear stories. The ancient art of storytelling is alive and well in the 21st century, and you can be a part of saving the stories of your family and friends. Listen to a story at The Moth, a not-for-profit organization that conducts live storytelling events.  The Moth collects stories, showcases them online and has recently begun touring.  StorySLAMS are held in New York and Los Angeles, with audience member judges scoring each story, and the winner advancing to the Moth GrandSLAM. StoryCorps is an independent…continue reading →