Thanks to a couple of generous donations, we have lots of new books in the library, including a lot of Kansas yearbooks and several books on the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia. They’re all on the shelves, so come on down!
Continue reading New Books in the Library (January 2015)
The MHGS Annual Meeting will be March 28 at 11am at the library. We will be voting on a new mission statement and electing new members of the Board of Directors. There may be snacks. If you are a society member, please attend!
We’re still finalizing the wording of the mission statement. If you have thoughts, please email Elaine at email@example.com. We’ll distribute a proposed statement well before the meeting.
Ann Boll, past MHGS President, current editor of the Register, and all around great MHGS volunteer was featured in the Wichita Eagle’s volunteer spotlight series this week! Do you recognize our library?
Recently, while looking for something else (isn’t that always the way?), I discovered the Great Plains Quarterly. This is an academic journal published by the University of Nebraska, and it focuses on the history and culture of the great plains states! Imagine — a whole journal focused on “flyover country!”
There are straight historical articles (a couple by Jay Price, of WSU) and other articles that bring in art, sociology, psychology, literature, and even movie criticism. There are also a lot of book reviews, which can help you discover books you didn’t know you needed to read. Topics range from Coronado to the Lebanese in Wichita to the naming of Nicodemus.
Many of the issues are available online. They seem to have gone through at least three different online publishing schemes, so although the official website is at http://www.unl.edu/plains/publications/GPQ/gpq.shtml I would recommend using our library catalog, where I’ve created links to as many issues as I can find (the most recent appear to be behind a fire wall.)
Read it! And if there are any other journals out there I should know about, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MHGS member (and WSU librarian) Robyn Tiemeyer is teaching her Starting the Search for your Family History class again this semester through WSU’s Continuing Education program. The class is on two Saturdays, February 28 and March 7, from 10:30 to noon. The cost is $51.
This looks like a great option for beginners and those who have been away from genealogy from a while and need a refresher on current resources and techniques.
Find out more on the WSU Continuing Education page.
The forecast is for ice and snow, so we’re not going to open the library on Saturday.
Stay home and stay warm!
Please renew your membership by April 1st! There will be a form in the February Alert.
Remember — your membership fee helps maintain our library, publish the Register and this website, and support our projects, like the White Chapel cemetery documentation project. Please help keep MHGS going strong!
Yay! The library catalog is working and we’re back in business!
Huge thanks to our tech guru, Vince!
We’ll see you on January 3rd!
(Is that too many exclamation points? I am a bit excited about this…)
We are trying to make our subject headings more consistent, both within our catalog and with the broader library community. For the library nerds among you, we are basing our headings on the OCLC/Library of Congress FAST system (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology,) which is a simplified version of the Library of Congress subject heading system.
Most of the time, FAST subject headings look a lot like you’d expect – Kansas, is, not surprisingly, listed as Kansas. But the unpleasantness in Europe from 1914 to 1918 is not called World War I; to the Library of Congress and FAST, it is World War (1914 – 1918). Our librarian made an executive decision to call this World War I (1914 – 1918) in our catalog.
We have adopted one convention to reflect our library’s focus on genealogists. Instead of having subject headings for biographies and genealogies and profiles, we use the single heading Families. So, a book that falls under the topic Families might be a full family history, or it might include biographies or profiles. The subject heading Genealogy, on the other hand, is used for books and periodicals containing miscellaneous genealogy data; we use it mostly for genealogy society periodicals.
Our master list of subject headings is always evolving, but you can find a link to the most current list on the main page of the catalog.
The DAR SIG meeting Saturday, Dec 20, has been cancelled. We’ll see you Jan 17!