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TAG: history

The importance of diaries, memoirs, and autobiographies for our empathy and history

Posted in Explore and Discover, Uncategorized on August 26, 2020 at 6:00 am

BY CAITLIN WHEELER I had wanted to be a diarist as a child, but having grown up on Dear America and Royal Diaries, I felt like my 90s school bus experiences weren’t interesting enough. I have since realized that my attitude about my journal writing continued into adulthood, and yet I’ve also considered sharing with […]

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Presentation looks at America’s changing relationship with its veterans and the wars they fought

Posted in News on May 12, 2020 at 6:00 am

“Support our troops” is a common phrase, seen on lawn signs and bumper stickers across America. Veterans are welcomed home by enthusiastic crowds, and thousands of service organizations help veterans find jobs, secure housing, and heal from the experience of war.  But it wasn’t always this way. Veterans returning from Vietnam were often […]

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Virtual documentary discussion takes a look at America’s food titans

Posted in News on April 9, 2020 at 6:00 am

Documentary "The Food That Built America" WATCH You’re invited to watch and discuss the documentary series The Food That Built America from the History Channel on our digital resource hoopla. Season one of this documentary series explores the stories of “food titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, John and Will Kellogg, C.W. Post and the McDonald brothers.” From History.com: “Bef […]

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Americans and the Holocaust traveling exhibition at Foley Library

Posted in News on March 12, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Brad Matthies UPDATE: March 13, 2020 The Americans and the Holocaust exhibit opening is delayed until April 1, and all March exhibit events are cancelled.  Please see this webpage for a detailed list of canceled events. This decision was made with an abundance of caution for the health and wellbeing of our supporters and […]

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Learn to explore your family tree at the library

Posted in News on January 21, 2020 at 6:00 am

Genealogy: Researching Your Family History Donna Potter Phillips of Eastern Washington Genealogical Society introduces the hobby of genealogy and shows you how to find information about your family’s history from online resources. Learn how to find names, dates, and places and even the geographical and social history of your ancestors. For adults […]

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Hanford Nuclear Site: The exhibit and library programs focus on ecology, activism, investigative reporting, and literature

Posted in News on October 17, 2019 at 6:00 am

by Gwendolyn Haley September 2019 marked the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Hanford Nuclear Site. The Library District is offering a closer look at the history and effects of Hanford on our region. You can see an exhibit of historical photos and wartime propaganda from the Hanford Site at North Spokane Library throughout […]

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And Now for Something Completely Different: Monty Python’s entertainment legacy

Posted in Explore and Discover, Uncategorized on August 21, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Melissa Rhoades If you’ve never experienced Monty Python, you’ve missed a big part of comedy history. The group played an integral role in the evolution of sketch humor. In fact, their influence is so massive that The Atlantic magazine called them “The Beatles of Comedy” in 2013. Like the Beatles, Monty Python’s influence extends […]

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Special collections and archival materials for Pride Month

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 3, 2019 at 6:00 am

by Caitlin Wheeler I love library special collections. They’re like microhistories you get to assemble yourself. While popular collections—like the kind you usually find in a public library—are assembled based on the interests of a broad population with a wide variety of needs, special collections are assembled based on a special interest of […]

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Microhistories: Extremely specific knowledge (aka fun facts!) you can share with others

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 7, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Underwood I have recently discovered an intense love for nonfiction titles and it all started with a compendium of terrible medical cures through history. Those 24-karat golden face masks that are in vogue right now? They’ve already been done long before the present day (and the masks still don’t have any proven benefits; […]

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Discover World War I during its centennial at the library

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on October 18, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley One hundred years ago, on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11am, the guns ceased and World War I, the “war to end all wars,” was over. During the four years of the war, an estimated 13 million people (combatants and civilians) died during one of the deadliest conflicts in […]

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