July News and Updates
“Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.”
- Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States
Happy July to you, and Happy Birthday, America!
One thing I learned when I moved to Indiana 19 years ago was that even though summer for the world officially began on June 21, summer was pretty much over for Indiana after the 4th of July! That's when all the plants and patio furniture and swimsuits went on clearance, never to be seen again until next year. OK, so I stopped buying swimsuits years ago, I still enjoy and will miss the color of the flowers and the aisles of water toys. In no time at all we will see aisles of notebooks, protractors and pencils and I will be sad because that will mean our wonderful summer intern, Mary, will be returning to IU Bloomington for her senior year, and we will truly miss her valuable contribution to our Memory Project. In case you hadn't noticed, here's what's new on the HCMP:
- Mary has been working non-stop to convert the old yearbooks to the new software. She has already completed the Kokomo High School Sargasso's from 1909 through 1947!!!!!!! Please make sure you check our Yearbook site to see her hard work.
- All remaining yearbooks in our collection are currently being scanned!
- My focus this month, and for the rest of the summer, will be transferring the remaining files out of the old software into the new software. I have completed converting the Ryan White files, and am currently working on Norman Bridwell, and the Church Records.
- Thanks to Mitch, in Ohio, we have a new church record posted. Are you familiar with New Hope Friends Church in the Phlox area? Make sure you read through their history. It is fascinating.
Enjoy the waning days of summer. And remember, there WILL come a day when we will WANT heat and humidity. In the shelter of your air conditioned home, and/or here at the library, peruse our Howard County Memory Project. We welcome your feedback and suggestions!
~The Howard County Memory Project website was established in 2002 and focused on local high school yearbooks. Within this site today, you will find multiple databases and digitized items especially for genealogy and local history researchers. We continue to add items of interest and we hope you will check back often as this site continues to grow.