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“Smokes for Sammy”

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In this season of Christmas shopping, I want to share what patriotic gift giving looked like in December 1917. It’s pretty jarring by today’s standards, but there it is, Monday, December…

War Library Campaign

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In the Summer of 1917 the War Department asked the American Library Association to head up efforts to provide libraries to army training camps.  The first step was to raise…

World War I Tank on Main Street

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Richmond held another parade on September 3, 1917 for the purpose of sending off the first Army enlistees the next day.  This one started at Fourth and Main Streets and…

East Germantown or Pershing?

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  One hundred years ago the people of East Germantown thought it would be a good idea to change the name of their town, but that decision came with a…

Danger Ahead: Rattlesnakes in Wayne County?

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During a recent Master Naturalist class at the Cope Environmental Center, respected herpetologist John Iverson of Earlham College was asked about rattlesnakes in Wayne County. Judging from the nodding heads…

Harlem Hellfighters and Daniel G. Reid

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As anyone who has viewed the recent PBS American Experience documentary “The Great War” knows, the Harlem Hellfighters was the nickname of the 369th Infantry Regiment.  It was an African-American…

The First of Many Parades

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The folks in Richmond have always loved their parades. In the same issue that notified Richmond of the declaration of war, the Richmond Palladium announced that there would be a huge “patriotic celebration”…

War Hysteria on the First Day

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I had intended to ease into the story of Richmond’s part in World War One.  Today marks one hundred years since President Wilson had addressed Congress four days earlier, and…

Archway at Glen Miller Park

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Recently I was asked to scan an image that contained the stone archway that was located at the 24th Street entrance to Glen Miller Park, and I was reminded that…

Baxter Elementary School

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The Reference Department at Morrisson-Reeves Library (MRL) recently had a request for information about Baxter Elementary School. The caller was particularly interested in pictures of the old Baxter building and…