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Have you ever wondered if historical information is lost in a constantly changing online environment?  The Internet Archives Wayback Machine provides a way to preserve the online past by taking snapshots of the Web.  According to the information on their site, with the Wayback Machine one can browse over 240 billion web pages archived from […]

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“I will study to prepare myself and maybe someday my chance will come.” – Abraham Lincoln. Whether your introduction to the 16th President of the United States was via a history class, New York Times best-seller Team of Rivals, recent Academy Award winner Lincoln, or the less historically accurate Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, one thing […]

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Well, it’s that time of year again, when we adjust our clocks. Do you know why? Does the name William Willett mean anything to you? If it doesn’t, then maybe you’ll want to check out the entry in Gale Virtual Reference Library about Daylight Saving Time, in the Dictionary of American History. What’s that you […]

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June 14 is known as Flag Day for many who live in the United States, but did you know that each year the President of the United States designates a National Flag Week through a Presidential Proclamation? This Thursday, June 14, you can celebrate Flag Day at Fort Vancouver by attending their Flag Day event. […]

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March is Women’s History Month In honor of Women’s History Month, The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the […]

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February 29: Leap day

February 29, also known as leap day in the Gregorian calendar, is a date occurring in most years evenly divisible by 4 (2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016). Years evenly divisible by 100 don’t contain a leap day, with the exception of years that are evenly divisible by 400, which do contain a leap day. Therefore […]

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Black History Month

February is Black History Month. In recognition of Black History Month, The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have developed a website honoring “Black Women in American Culture and History”  and the myriad […]

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In honor of Veteran’s Day, Cannell Library will be closed Nov 11th. The library will be open on Saturday Nov 12 for its normal weekend hours from 1 pm to 5 pm. In recognition to those who have served and to those who are serving our nation in the armed serves, we post this poem […]

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The 5th of November may not be a special date for most Americans, but in Great Britain this day is set aside to remember an attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. As described in the first paragraph from Holidays Symbols and Customs, This day commemorates the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when a group […]

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Fifty years ago this month, some very brave college students led a movement called the Freedom Riders.  They were part of CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality.  These students rode public buses in small groups challenging segregation in the American South. Their determination was to be non-violent, but persistent.  They met with incredible resistance on […]

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