Memorial Day was established in 1868 following the end of the American Civil War as General Orders No. 11, Grand Army of the Republic Headquarters:
II. It is the purpose of the Commander in Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
Over the past two centuries, wars continue to be fought, and Hollywood has immortalized them on film:
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In addition to Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest, the library has another database that historians and genealogists may find helpful with their research. Mel Michigana, which has over 50,000 digitized items including photos, books, atlases, scrapbooks and oral histories, is just waiting to be discovered. This database was the result of the collaborated efforts
If you're a fan of history and “Masterpiece Theater,” you should check out God on Trial, the new DVD added to our collection. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and directed by Andy De Emmony, it takes place during a 24 hour period in Auschwitz after the ritual of selection has taken place and new inmates have arrived.
April 1 marks the beginning of a new national observance dedicated to celebrating the diversity that exists within our workplaces, schools and communities.
White Fang? Black Tooth? Bill Kennedy's Sunday movie? If any of these bring back fond memories of growing up in Detroit then you should definitely check out the exhibit currently running at the Detroit Historical Museum. Detroit's Classic TV Personalities pays tribute to several of the entertainment and news broadcasting legends that many of us grew up watching. Included in this exhibit are salutes to Soupy Sales, movie host Bill Kennedy, Emery King, Amyre Makupson, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner.
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Learn about the decades in a fun way by using our database Pop Culture Universe. Each decade, from the 1920s to the 2000s, is populated with facts about the arts, culture, fasion, movies, food and drink, literature, music, politics, TV and radio of the time period. A must-stop for any school "decades research" assignment! An excellent source for a glimpse of Americana!
In one of history's most fascinating coincidences, February 12, 1809 was the birthday of two of history's most extraordinary and influential figures - Abraham Lincoln and Charl