While working as a librarian at the Redwood Library, Frances Hubbert (1894-1967) also passionately pursued another project: securing the United States publication of Perfume from Provence (1935), a book by Lady Winifred Fortescue (1888-1951).
We have written in the past about the legacy of Sarah Bliss and her work cataloguing for the Redwood Library, but a recent addition to the Kaminski Handwriting Collection, a project by David Kaminski found at davidkaminski.org, connects her to a larger tradition of handwriting in libraries.
Black History month truly began in 1926 when a historian by the name of Carter Woodson announced that the second week of February would be “Negro History Week”. This week, chosen because it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, was used to coordinate teaching of black history in public schools. Though initially it had a lukewarm response it grew annually until 1976 when the leaders of the Black United students of Kent State University proposed to expand it to the entire month, a move the federal government would repeat the same year under President Ford. Today, Black History Month is celebrated in the United States and in Canada during the month of February and in the United Kingdom during the Month of October.
The Matthews family published a series of newsletters from 1915-1917, which can be viewed in the Delivery Room at the Redwood. In the works, we've discovered a few Valentine's Day poems perfect for this time of year.
Pastor Henry N. Jeter's Twenty-five Years Experience with the Shiloh Baptist Church and Her History (1901) is part local history, part autobiography and provides us with an account of the Church's founding and his own life in Newport.
Of the 46 Original Proprietors of the Redwood Library, there are some that we know relatively little about, such as Simon Pease, who was one of the men that helped make the Redwood Library possible. Do we know anything else about him?
Robert Feke was a well-known colonial American portrait artist who worked in Newport, Boston, and Philadelphia in the mid-1700s. While he left behind several physical records of his life, namely his portraits, there is still a lot that is unknown about him, particularly the details of his early life before he became known as a painter, but there is a story that suggests he practiced his skills in some unusual circumstances.
January is a month of new beginnings. Where those who try to better themselves will head to the gym or try and eat better. Finding which path to take can be difficult. My Grandfather used to say, "You may not know where you are going but you should always known where you have been." With America stepping into the new year and so much on its horizon, lets take a look back to see what other events in January took place that shaped this great Nation
Even small manuscript collections can provide a wealth of information, an insight into personal experience within the context of history. Our collection of the Marjorie W. Champlin papers consists of only four folders, but it spans fifty years of political and personal correspondence in the life of a single person.