Women of Valor: The Fight for Equity and Justice

This blog post was written by Undergraduate Assistant Kayla Thompson. Continuing with the celebration of Women’s History Month, it has been an honor to commemorate the contributions of courageous women in the American tapestry. Toshiko Kishida, one of the first Japanese feminists, put it beautifully when she said, “History is no longer just a chronicle…

Women’s History Month: Finding Voices in the Shadows

This blog post was written by Graduate Assistant Emma Fenske. “Women’s history is women’s right…an essential, indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision.”[1] (President Jimmy Carter quoting Dr. Gerda Lerner in his proclamation on Women’s History Week, February 28, 1980) How do we celebrate Women’s History Month at a…

In Commemoration: My Black Family

This blog post was written by Undergraduate Assistant Kayla Thompson. Origins of Black History Month and 2021’s Theme Before introducing my family, let us delve into the origins of Black History Month, which trace back to 1926 when a group — the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) — decided…

The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr: More than a Day, A Way of Life

This blog post was written by undergraduate assistant Kayla Thompson. MLK the Man Born on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was destined to enter the family business — church ministry. From the start, King was a bright student, graduating at the age of fifteen. He attended and graduated from Morehouse College, a distinguished…

Turning the Page on 2020: Casting the Vision for Spring 2021

This blog post was written by Processing Archivist Thomas DeShong. Introduction For many, including the author of this post, 2020 felt like the longest year in recent memory. Jokes and memes aside, COVID-19 dramatically changed life as we know it. The best-made plans for 2020 went up in metaphorical smoke as everyone had to adapt…

Fall 2020 Semester Recap

This blog post was written by GRC Operations Manager Jonathan Tomes and Processing Archivist Thomas DeShong. The end of the Fall 2020 semester is quickly approaching! Students are wrapping up their coursework and preparing for final exams. Staff are taking time to reflect on the semester and to plan for the months ahead. As a…

Demystifying the Vanishing Hour: A Texas History of Daylight Savings Time

This blog post was written by Graduate Assistant Emma Fenske, a master’s student in the History Department. Today we get an extra hour of sleep as we set our clocks back one hour. This enchanting hour has intrigued poets, philosophers, scientists, economists, politicians, and constituents since its ideological origins. In the Post-Industrial world of transportation…

Welcome to American Archives Month!

This blog post was written by Collection Services Archivist Amanda Fisher. Welcome to American Archives Month! Yes, October is traditionally the month for putting archives in the spotlight. As such, we want to try to answer some of your questions! Let’s start with the basics and move to more specific questions. What is an archive?…

Poage Library’s 41st Anniversary: A Time to Reflect

This blog post was written by Processing Archivist Thomas DeShong. In preparing to write this blog post honoring Poage Library’s anniversary, I took a few moments to look at the years gone by. Specifically, I went back and read a few of the blog posts Poage students and staff have written from recent Septembers. Last…

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