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New Books August 2020

Just a few books this month…

Call Number Date Author Title
G-B 173 1979 Fisher, Helen Brundage Brundage Genealogy
G-G 089 1989 Grierson, Alice Kirk The colonel’s lady on the western frontier: the correspondence of Alice Kirk Grierson
G-L 052 1963 Karlin, Carol Lacock Lacock Genealogy
G-L 053 1986 Lacock, Marjorie Peet Lacock Genealogy
G-S 163 1995 Cook, Timothy D. The Sortore Family
R-210 WY 03 1994 Times Past … A Pictorial History of Wyandotte County
R-600 098 1982 Luchetti, Cathy Women of the west
R-600 099 1992 Cordier, Mary Hurlbut Schoolwomen of the prairies and plains
VF Rogers 01 – 19 Sara Anne Starry Rogers Collection

New Books July 2020

Another good batch of additions to our library!

Call Number Date Author Title
G-B 172 2010 Blake, Phillip W. The Warriors Among Us
G-H 166 V1 1976 Hobbs, Ralph L. Hobbs and related families
G-H 166 V2 1976 Hobbs, Ralph L. Hobbs and related families
G-R 073 1937 Ruede, Howard Sod-house days: letters from a Kansas homesteader, 1877-78
I 316 2003 Frisch, Karen Creating junior genealogists: tips and activities for family history fun
I 317 1999 Sweeney, Joan Me and my family tree
I 318 2019 Clark, Gary Cemetery and Gravestone Handbook for Genealogists & Family Historians
I 319 1982 Chorzempa, Rosemary A. My family tree workbook: genealogy for beginners
R-080 025 1969 Feitz, Leland Cripple Creek! A quick history of the world’s greatest gold camp
R-080 026 1980 Osterwald, Doris B. Cinders & smoke: a mile by mile guide for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
R-150 045 Whitfield County, Georgia Marriages 1854-1894
R-210 BU 025 1985 History of Latham, Kansas
R-210 SG 252 1976 Valley Center Kansas
R-240 046 1990 Adams, Jay A House of Hewen Timber: Fort Western on the Kennebec, An Introductory History
R-240 047 1990 Adams, Jay Military History at Old Fort Western 1754-1766
R-240 048 1976 Churchill, Edwin A. Maine communities and the War for Independence
R-240 049 1886 Goold, William Portland in the past
R-240 050 1911 The New Mount Kineo House on Moosehead Lake, Kineo, Maine
R-240 051 1967 Garniss, George W. Profiles of Yarmouth heritage
R-240 052 1941 Bradshaw, Marion J. The Maine land
R-260 066 1881 Elwell, Edward H. Portland and Vicinity
R-260 066 1986 Larkin, Jack The Four Seasons at Sturbridge Village: A Guidebook
R-260 067 Clark, David L. Pictorial History of Christ Church — Boston
R-260 067 1960 Ross, Marjorie Drake The book of Boston: the Colonial period, 1630-1775
R-300 293 1988 Nagel, Paul C. Missouri, a history
R-340 031 1966 Beck, Nancy R. Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
R-340 032 1939 Bisbee, Ernest Emerson The White mountain scrap book of stories and legends of the Crystal hills or White mountains of New Hampshire
R-370 111 1986 Shapiro, Mary J. Gateway to liberty: the story of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
R-440 082 1986 The Alamo: Long Barrack Museum
R-600 097 1986 Simmons, Marc Following the Santa Fe trail: a guide for modern travelers
R-605 022 1959 Widger, Thurlow Stanley The Birth of New England
R-631 073 2019 F Chokma Chickasaw Magazine
R-631 081 1956 Underwood, Thomas Bryan Cherokee Legends and the Trail of Tears
R-650 031 V 2 1983 Bangerter, Lawrence B. The Compass
R-670 281 1982 Bowman, John Stewart The Civil War almanac
R-670 282 1949 Manucy, Albert C. Artillery through the ages;
R-670 283 1980 Brophy, Patrick Bushwhackers of the border: the Civil War period in western Missouri
R-670 284 1999 Shively, Julie The Ideals guide to American Civil War places
R-670 285 1991 Gross, James A. The Souvenir Guide to the Gettysburg National Military Park
VB Lankford V 01 Judith Ann Douvielle Lankford Collection
VB Lankford V 02 Judith Ann Douvielle Lankford Collection
online — link in catalog 1962 Weight, Verl F. As a tree grows

New Books June 2020

Whew!  We got a huge donation last month, so the new book shelf is overflowing.  (Our shelf of duplicate books is also overflowing, so you should stop by and do a little shopping!)

Call Number Date Author Title
G-B 170 1956 Burgess, Kenneth Farwell Colonists of New England and Nova Scotia: Burgess and Heckman families
G-B 171 1856 Ball, B. L. Three days on the White Mountains
G-C 142 1928 Chase, John Carroll Seven generations of the descendants of Aquila and Thomas Chase
G-H 165 1999 Simpson, Ruth M. Rasey Heartbeat of history: a collection of tales from the saltbox house
G-L 051 1985 Dyba, Thomas J. Seventeen years at Eighth and Jackson: the story of life in the Lincoln Home
G-P 074 1966 Garland, Joseph E. That great Pattillo
R 210 SG 048 1962 1962 Cross Reference Directory Greater Wichita and Vicinity
R-010 041 1968 Thompson, Wesley S. The free state of Winston; a history of Winston County, Alabama
R-010 042 V 1 1958 Elliott, Carl Annals of northwest Alabama
R-010 042 V 2 1958 Elliott, Carl Annals of northwest Alabama
R-010 042 V 3 1958 Elliott, Carl Annals of northwest Alabama
R-010 042 V 4 1958 Elliott, Carl Annals of northwest Alabama
R-060 131 Fryar, Jack E. A History Lover’s Guide to Wilmington & the Lower Cape Fear
R-060 132 1998 Zepke, Terrance Lighthouses of the Carolinas
R-060 133 2001 McCullough, Gary L. North Carolina’s state historic sites
R-070 036 Peterson, Elizabeth McRae Boone Hall Plantation
R-080 023 1972 Brown, Robert L. Colorado ghost towns–past and present
R-080 024 1961 Bancroft, Caroline Unique ghost towns and mountain spots
R-090 039 1998 Domonell, William G. Newgate, from copper mine to state prison: A History
R-090 040 1996 Phelps, Richard H. Newgate of Connecticut
R-130 002 1942 Our Nation’s Capital: Washington D.C.
R-150 038 Whitfield County Georgia Cemeteries
R-150 039 1987 Murray County heritage
R-150 040 1999 An Official History of Whitfield County Georgia 1852-1999
R-150 040 Supp 1999 An Official History of Whitfield County Georgia 1852-1999
R-150 041 1991 Cogburn, Emily Murray County school days: Moravian to modern
R-150 042 2002 White, Marcelle Civil War Stories, Letters, and Miscellany of Murray and Whitfield Counties, Georgia
R-150 043 1977 Wilson, John Scenic, historic Lookout Mountain
R-150 044 1998 Coker, Louise Murray County Georgia Marriage Records Books I – VI 1835-1905
R-210 167 1915 Cordry, Almira Sheffield Peckham The story of the marking of the Santa Fe Trail by the Daughters of the American revolution in Kansas and the State of Kansas
R-210 MR 05 1921 Brigham, Lalla Maloy The Story of Council Grove on the Santa Fe Trail
R-210 RO 04 1988 Plainville Kansas 1888 – 1988 the Pioneer Spirit Continues
R-240 019 V 1 1998 Howland, Sharon Vital records of Calais, Maine prior to 1892
R-240 020 N 14 V 01-3 1993 Porter, Joseph W. The Maine historical magazine
R-240 020 N 15 1993 Long, Alice MacDonald Marriage returns of Washington County, Maine, prior to 1892
R-240 020 N 24 1996 Willey, Kenneth L. Vital records from the Eastport sentinal [i.e. sentinel] of Eastport, Maine, 1818-1900
R-240 020 N 28 1998 Beatty, John D. Vital records of Biddeford, Maine prior to 1856
R-240 020 N 29 1998 Kelley, Judith Holbrook Marriage returns of Cumberland County, Maine prior to 1892
R-240 020 N 31 1988 Gray, Ruth Maine families in 1790
R-240 020 N 36 1988 Gray, Ruth Maine families in 1790
R-240 020 N 37 2001 Groves, Marlene A. Vital records of Rockland, Maine
R-240 020 N 39 2002 Kelley, Judith Holbrook Marriage returns of Lincoln County, Maine, to 1866
R-240 020 N 42 1988 Gray, Ruth Maine families in 1790
R-240 020 N 43 2003 Groves, Marlene A. Vital records of St. George, Maine
R-240 020 N 48 1988 Gray, Ruth Maine families in 1790
R-240 021 2002 Brooks, Thelma Eye Calais, Maine families: they came and they went
R-240 022 1965 Roerden, Chris Collections from Cape Elizabeth, Maine
R-240 023 1996 Townsend, Patricia McCurdy Vital records of Lubec, Maine, prior to 1892
R-240 024 V 1 2002 Lamson, Darryl Byron Early Narraguagus River families of Washington County, Maine
R-240 024 V 2 2002 Lamson, Darryl Byron Early Narraguagus River families of Washington County, Maine
R-240 025 2004 Tibbetts, Leonard F. Early Jonesborough families of Washington County, Maine
R-240 026 1997 Tibbetts, Leonard F. Early Pleasant River families of Washington County, Maine
R-240 027 1888 Kilby, William Henry Eastport and Passamaquoddy; a collection of historical and biographical sketches,
R-240 028 1998 Whitaker, Wilford W. Broad Bay pioneers: 18th century German-speaking settlers of present-day Waldoboro, Maine
R-240 029 V 07-12 1980 The Maine seine
R-240 030 1980 Rowe, William Hutchinson Ancient North Yarmouth and Yarmouth, Maine, 1636-1936
R-240 031 2000 Paine, Lincoln P. Down East: a maritime history of Maine
R-240 032 1902 Mitchell, H. E. New Portland register, 1902
R-240 033 1966 Ahlin, John Howard Maine Rubicon: downeast settlers during the American Revolution
R-240 034 V 01-3 1884 Watson, S. M. Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder
R-240 034 V 04-6 1884 Watson, S. M. Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder
R-240 034 V 07-9 1884 Watson, S. M. Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder
R-240 035 V 1 2005 Foster, Angela M. Vital records of Portland, Maine: births, marriages, and deaths, 1786-1814
R-240 036 1996 Ketover, Karen Sherman Westbrook, Maine cemeteries
R-240 037 V 1 1886 Small, Abner Ralph The Sixteenth Maine regiment in the war of the rebellion
R-240 037 V 2 1886 Small, Abner Ralph The Sixteenth Maine regiment in the war of the rebellion
R-240 038 1967 Camp, Helen Pemaquid Lost and Found
R-240 039 1953 Collier, Sargent F. Down East: Maine, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and the Gaspe
R-240 040 1976 Nelson, Bruce D. Portland: A Collection of 19th Century Engravings
R-240 041 1940 Counties, Cities, Towns and Plantations of Maine: A Handbook of Inorporations, Dissolutions, and Boundary Changes
R-240 042 1972 Portland
R-240 043 1967 Flagg, Charles Allcott An alphabetical index of Revolutionary pensioners living in Maine
R-240 044 1985 Welch, Wally The lighthouses of Maine
R-240 045 1905 Hosmer, George Lawrence An historical sketch of the town of Deer Isle, Maine;
R-270 022 1987 Williams, Meade C. Early Mackinac: a sketch, historical and descriptive
R-340 028 1997 Robertson, Edwin Early Mt Washington Cog Railway Picture Book
R-340 029 1999 Jones, William H. North Hampton, N.H. vital statistics, 1742-1942
R-340 030 1999 Crawford, Lucy History of the White Mountains
R-440 080 V 2 1981 The History of Grayson County Texas
R-440 081 1979 Ingmire, Mrs. Frances Terry Marriage Records of Grayson County, Texas 1846 – 1877
R-460 019 2002 Bennington
R-600 094 1979 Somerville, Mollie D. Historic and memorial buildings of the Daughters of the American Revolution
R-600 095 2001 Thomson, William M. Coastal Ghosts & Lighthouse Lore
R-600 096 1986 Manns, William Painted ponies: American carousel art
R-605 003 2nd 1991 Sanborn, Melinde Lutz Supplement to Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700
R-605 021 1944 Chamberlain, Samuel Ever New England
R-620 283 1996 St. Stephen Rural Cemetery, St. Stephen, N.B.
R-620 284 1990 Gallant, Peter From Scotland to Prince Edward Island
R-631 078 Francis, Alberta Maine Indians “The People of the Early Dawn”
R-631 079 1951 Wright, Muriel H. A guide to the Indian tribes of Oklahoma
R-631 080 1998 Henry, Lorraine (Rainwaters) Native American directory of (Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Wisconsin)
R-632 09 2000 Slavery, secession, and southern history
R-650 089 1931 Bolton, Ethel Stanwood Immigrants to New England, 1700-1775
R-650 090 1992 Holmes, Theodore C. Loyalists to Canada: the 1783 settlement of Quakers and others at Passamaquoddy
R-670 272 V 1 1887 Battles and leaders of the Civil War
R-670 272 V 2 1887 Battles and leaders of the Civil War
R-670 272 V 3 1887 Battles and leaders of the Civil War
R-670 272 V 4 1887 Battles and leaders of the Civil War
R-670 273 Rifenburg, Lori Sanderlin Fort Fisher: Gateway of the South
R-670 274 1961 Price, William H. Civil War Handbook
R-670 275 Vaught, Elsa The Diary of an Unknown Soldier
R-670 276 1969 Fischer, LeRoy H. The Honey Springs National Battlefield Park Movement
R-670 277 1977 Buresh, Lumir F. October 25th and the Battle of Mine Creek
R-670 278 1960 Davis, Burke The Civil War, strange & fascinating facts
R-670 279 1985 Lancaster, Bruce The American Revolution
R-670 280 Historic Fort Gibson

Hours for June

Our hours for June will be Tuesday and Saturday, 10am to noon, for research and volunteer tasks.  No appointment necessary.  Masks requested.  If these hours don’t work for you, email library@mhgswichita.org and we’ll set something up.

New Books May 2020

After a couple of months with nothing new, we’re starting up again!  (And if you’re interested in Maine, keep watching — we got a HUGE donation this week!)

Call Number Date Author Title
R-210 RL 01 1915 1915 Royal Purple
R-210 SG 091 1934 1934 The Tower
R-210 SG 091 1936 1936 The Tower
R-210 SG 091 1937 1937 The Tower
R-210 SG 251 1913 1931 The Lariat
R-240 018 1990 Johnson, Muriel Sampson Early families of Gouldsboro, Maine
R-240 019 1998 Howland, Sharon Vital records of Calais, Maine prior to 1892
R-240 020 N 02 1988 Gray, Ruth Maine families in 1790
R-240 020 N 05 1988 Gray, Ruth Maine families in 1790
R-240 020 N 11 1988 Gray, Ruth Maine families in 1790
R-240 020 N 14 Index 1993 Porter, Joseph W. The Maine historical magazine
R-240 020 N 14 V 04-6 1993 Porter, Joseph W. The Maine historical magazine
R-240 020 N 14 V 07-9 1993 Porter, Joseph W. The Maine historical magazine
R-240 020 N 18 1988 Gray, Ruth Maine families in 1790
R-240 020 N 25 1988 Gray, Ruth Maine families in 1790

Limited Reopening in May

MHGS will have restricted hours during May and June

In May, MHGS will be open only for volunteer tasks and brief research appointments. We will not be holding any of our usual Special Interest Group meetings. If you would like to make a research appointment, please send an email to library@mhgswichita.org

In June, conditions permitting, MHGS may open for regular research. Please watch our Facebook page and our website for additional information.

Archiving COVID-19

MHGS has started to archive materials related to the coronavirus pandemic in Sedgwick County.

How to help: Save and contribute items related to the pandemic or the stay-in-place order in Sedgwick County.  These can be signs, photographs, documents or other items. No Wichita Eagle articles, please.

  • Digital?  Email them to library@mhgswichita.org
  • Physical?  Hang on to them.  Depending on how long this lasts, we’ll either have you drop them off at the library when we reopen, or set up some sort of drop-off box on the library porch.

Here are my thoughts on how this will work:

Scope

Strictly, ruthlessly focused on Sedgwick County.  Even this is probably too big, but we’ll see.

Materials

  • Newspaper — I’m going to assume that the Wichita Eagle digital archive will be available in the future, and will not attempt to save Eagle articles
  • Facebook — I’m only preserving things that relate directly to Sedgwick County (like ad images for special takeout menus). Although it might be fascinating for future researchers, I don’t see any realistic way to preserve things like the comments on a post.
  • Radio and TV — I don’t know what to do about these.  In many cases, they are either reporting on the same things the paper is, or the story is based on an underlying source, like a press release, which I have been able to find and archive.  I am open to ideas here!
  • Websites — This is where I’m getting the bulk of my material so far.  Many organizations have created COVID-19 pages, and I will be taking periodic snapshots of these, as well as downloading any relevant supporting documents
  • Photographs — We need more images!  I’d like pictures of interesting signs, people, and places that show the impact of the pandemic or the stay-at-home order.

Coverage

A list of the organizations I am tracking (frequently updated — suggestions welcome!):

  • Sedgwick County
  • City of Wichita
  • City of Haysville
  • City of Goddard
  • City of Park City
  • City of Valley Center
  • City of Bel Aire
  • City of Maize
  • City of Cheney
  • City of Derby
  • City of Clearwater
  • City of Mulvane
  • Wichita Public Schools
  • Wichita Public Library
  • Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School
  • Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
  • Trinity Academy
  • Independent School
  • Collegiate School
  • Wichita State University
  • Newman University
  • Friends University
  • McConnell AFB
  • IAMAW
  • Regent Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare
  • Dillons Food Stores
  • The Cleaning Authority
  • Wichita Festivals/Riverfest
  • Music Theatre of Wichita
  • Union Rescue Mission
  • Kansas Humane Society
  • Wichita Art Museum
  • Vanya Designs
  • Wichita Chamber of Commerce
  • Target
  • Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
  • Wesley Hospital
  • INTRUST Bank

Formats

  • Webpages — I am using Chrome’s “Print to PDF” to create PDF files from individual web pages.  I investigated fancier web archiving techniques, but decided on the fast and simple approach, both to let me work quickly now, and also to simplify future archive maintenance and access.  These PDFs don’t preserve the exact layout of a website, but they do get all the text and most of the images (those carousel things where several images rotate automatically don’t get captured.)
  • Video — I’ve found a little program that enables me to download YouTube and Facebook videos, so I am cautiously beginning to add those.  They are real space hogs, so I’m trying to be judicious.  The funny one from Cowtown was a no-brainer, of course.
  • Documents — So far, all the documents I’ve found are either PDF or DOCX, so I’m keeping them in their original format.  If something odd comes up, I’ll try to convert to PDF.
  • Images — As with documents, I’m keeping these in their original formats.

Availability

Currently, the digital archive is not publicly available. I don’t want there to be any chance that someone doing a Google search for, say,  information from the Wichita Public Schools, might accidentally land on one of our archived pages and miss the latest information on their page.  Once the pandemic has passed, we can open the archive for research.

If you need access now, email me at library@mhgswichita.org and I can set you up with temporary access.

Library Closed Until Further Notice

In compliance with the Sedgwick County stay-at-home order, and our own common sense, we have closed the library and cancelled all of our classes and meetings until further notice. We’ll let you know when we think it’s safe to start things up again.

In the meantime, perhaps this is a good week to start labeling photos or sorting that pile of miscellaneous research you’ve been ignoring?

Stay safe everyone!