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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set something up.
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!)
|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|
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 email@example.com
In June, conditions permitting, MHGS may open for regular research. Please watch our Facebook page and our website for additional information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
Strictly, ruthlessly focused on Sedgwick County. Even this is probably too big, but we’ll see.
- 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.
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
- 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
- Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
- Wesley Hospital
- INTRUST Bank
- 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.
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 email@example.com and I can set you up with temporary access.
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!
We’re going to postpone the start of our special interest group “Researching and Writing About the History of a House, Business or Farm” until May 16. We want it to be a source of fun, not stress! See you then!
Some additions to the library:
|G-K 045||1992||Knappe, Siegfried||Soldat: reflections of a German soldier, 1936-1949|
|R-030 008 V 34-39||2013-2018||Desert Tracker (Formerly Sun City Genealogist)|
|R-050 019||Sutter’s Fort State Historical Monument|
|R-190 228||1899||Bartlett, Charles H.||La Salle in the Valley of the St. Joseph|
|R-210 LY 18 1923||1923||The Re-Echo|
|R-210 LY 18 1924||1924||The Re-Echo|
|R-210 LY 18 1925||1925||The Re-Echo|
|R-210 LY 18 1926||1926||The Re-Echo|
|R-210 PL 08 #167-178||2017-2019||Tree Trackers|
|R-210 SG 250 N 01-50||Wichita Historical Panels|
|R-210 SG 250 N 51-100||Wichita Historical Panels|
|R-220 238 V 108 n -13||2010||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 108 n4||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 110 n 2||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 110 n 3-4||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 110 n1||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 111 n 1||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 111 n 2||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 111 n 3||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 111 n 4||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 112 n 1||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 112 n 2||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 112 n 3||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 112 n 4||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 113 n 1||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 113 n 2&3||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-220 238 V 113 n 4||2015||The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society|
|R-300 271 V 94 n3||2000||Missouri Historical Review|
|R-300 271 V 94 n4||Missouri Historical Review|
|R-300 271 V 95 n1||Missouri Historical Review|
|R-300 271 V 95 n2||Missouri Historical Review|
|R-300 271 V 95 n3||Missouri Historical Review|
|R-300 271 V 95 n4||Missouri Historical Review|
|R-300 271 V 96 n1||2001||Missouri Historical Review|
|R-600 093||2006||Schneider, Paul||Brutal journey: the epic story of the first crossing of North America|
|R-631 077||1954||Logan, Shawnee Chief|
|R-670 269 V 1||Reynolds, Francis J.||World’s War Events|
|R-670 269 V 2||Reynolds, Francis J.||World’s War Events|
|R-670 269 V 3||Reynolds, Francis J.||World’s War Events|
|R-670 270||1875||Van Horne, Thomas B.||The Army of the Cumberland|
|R-670 271||1994||Brownstone, David M.||Timelines of war: a chronology of warfare from 100,000 B.C. to the present|
|VB Hucker 01||Hucker, Linda||Linda Hucker Collection|
|VB Hucker 02||Hucker, Linda||Linda Hucker Collection|
A few Wichita books, a few miscellaneous…
|G-H 164||1995||Harper, Paul F.||The Temple of Fame: A Personal Biography of Lyman Underwood Humphrey|
|G-S 162||1990||Stites, James R.||The Wichita Kid|
|R-210 MG 16||1988||Harper, Paul F.||Surely It Floweth with Milk and Honey: A History of Montgomery County, Kansas to 1930|
|R-210 SG 207 1979||The Trail|
|R-210 SG 207 1992||The Trail|
|R-210 SG 246||2003||Price, Jay M.||Wichita’s legacy of flight|
|R-210 SG 247||2011||Radiating like a stone: Wichita women and the 1970s feminist movement|
|R-210 SG 248||2005||Miner, H. Craig||History of the University of Kansas, School of Medicine-Wichita: 1970-2003|
|R-210 SG 249||1985||Pedigree of champions: Boeing since 1916|
|R-600 055 V 103||National Genealogical Society quarterly|
|R-670 267||2006||Reid, Thomas,||America’s fortress: a history of Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, Florida|
|R-670 268||1950||Manucy, Albert C.||Pages from the Past: A Pictorial History of Fort Jefferson|
Short month, short list!
|R-631 073 2019 S||Chokma Chickasaw Magazine|
|R-631 072 2018 W||2002||The Journal of Chickasaw history and culture|
|G-H 163||2019||Jackson, Jerry||Families Are Forever: Peter Hammes, Sr. and Anna Rosalia Buch Family|
Just a few new ones this month…
|I 313||2005||Johnson, Mary Ellen||Waifs, foundlings and half-orphans: searching for America’s orphan train riders|
|I 314||2018||Berry, Kenyatta D.||The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy|
|I 315||1993||Walton-Raji, Angela Y.||Black Indian genealogy research|
|R-210 CQ 09||Leonard, Joe||Weekly “Hewins Sayings” — Isaac Richardson’s Diary — A Few Hewins Burial Dates — Addresses of Living Ex-Hewins Folks|
|R-210 SG 244||2019||Wichita Memories: A Photographic History of the Early Years|
|R-210 SG 245||1998||Elliott, Mal||Rolling Hills Country Club: The First 50 Years|
|R-390 149||1983||A History of Hooker: A Diamond in the Rough|
|R-400 023||1983||History of the La Pine Pioneers|
|R-470 396||1925||Koontz, Louis Knott||The Virginia frontier, 1754-1763|
|R-600 092||1992||Holt, Marilyn Irvin||The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America|
|R-632 06||2012||Katz, William Loren||Black Indians: a hidden heritage|
|R-632 07||2007||Wagner, Tricia Martineau||African American women of the Old West|
|R-632 08||2019||Katz, William Loren||The Black West|