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Today in History: George Washington Delivers the First State of the Union Address 

Did you know that on Tuesday, January 8th, 1790 President George Washington delivered the first state of the union address to members of the United States Congress in New York City? He outlined administration policies, created by Alexander Hamilton; discussed national defense and foreign affairs; and advised on the need for a Federal Post Office, …

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With Blessings: Fall 2018 Education Program 

In searching the Ziegfeld Collection of International Children's Art, I was drawn to the Glen of Aher, a colorful painting by Mary Hickey, 15 years of age, that she did at the Country National School, Ireland, sometime in the 1950s. This piece felt homey, positive, and welcoming, with its bright country cottage, grazing animals, and lush …

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Spring Call for TC Student Musicians! 

Come showcase your talents this Spring at the Everett Cafe! We sponsor live music by TC students during peak hours, Mondays through Thursdays, between 4 and 7pm. Performances are scheduled each week for an hour, and for all to enjoy, whether attendees gather informally on the stairwell or listen over coffee. Acoustic instrumentalists and vocalists performing …

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Today in History: A Christmas Carol Is Published 

I HAVE endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shalt not out my readers out of humour with themselves with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses, pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Their faithful Friend and Servant, C.D. December, …

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Today in History: South Pole Is Discovered 

On December 14th, 1911 Roald Amundsen (1872-1928) of Norway became the first explorer to reach the South Pole, defeating his British rival Robert Falcon Scott in the race which began in October. While Amundsen used sleigh dogs in his dangerous trek, Scott deployed Siberian motor sledges, ponies and dogs only to reach the site a month later …

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Today in History: Presidential Inaugurations at Teachers College, 1887-2018 

Presidential inaugurations at Teachers College, Columbia University occur on the average every 11 years, from the appointment of Nicholas Murray Butler, 10th President of Columbia University and first President of Teachers College (formerly known as New York College for the Training of Teachers) in 1887, through to the investiture of Thomas Bailey, our eleventh president, on …

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Today in History: International Day of Persons with Disabilities 

In 1992 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 3rd an annual observance, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, "to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural …

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Today in History: First Thanksgiving 

"The character of a nation is revealed in its national holidays, just as the character of the people of that nation is revealed in the way in which they celebrate those holidays. In the same manner an individual reveals his true character more clearly in his amusements and in the way he spends his leisure …

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Today in History: Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe Is Signed 

On November 19th, 1990, the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe was signed the Unites States and 21 other NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and WTO (Warsaw Treaty Organization) countries at an historic CSCE (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe) summit in Paris. The treaty established a military balance between two "groups of states-parties" which then …

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Today in History: Georgia O’Keeffe Is Born 

“I know now that most people are so closely concerned with themselves that they are not aware of their own individuality. I can see myself, and it has helped me to say what I want to say -- in paint.” -- from Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe, by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, c2004) An …

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Today in History: Abraham Lincoln Is Elected President 

Although he received only 40% of the popular vote,  Abraham Lincoln was elected 16th President of the United States on November 6th, 1860. The Democratic Party was heavily divided at the time, and Lincoln became the first Republican to win the office. The presidential race of 1860 included candidates John Breckinridge, a Southern Democrat; John Bell, Constitutional Union; and …

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Today in History: Lawrence Cremin Is Born 

"Lawrence Cremin was truly a giant among us. A man of boundless energy, consistently high competence, lively spirit, twinkling eye, and great personal warmth and generosity, Cremin was a gifted scholar, teacher, administrator, and educational statesman. He could be courtly and gracious, wise and empathetic, or witty and fun, depending on the occasion. He could …

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Today in History: The First Parachutist 

While Leonardo da Vinnci is credited for having conceived the concept, and Louis-Sebastien Lenormand for testing it via descent from a tree with 2 umbrellas in 1783, the parachute was successfully designed and implemented by Andre-Jacqes Garnerin, French balloonist and actual inventor of the frameless parachute. On October 22nd, 1797, Garnerin jumped from a hydrogen balloon …

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Today in History: Brussels World’s Fair Closes 

Did you know that on October 19, 1958 the Brussels World Fair, or International Exposition, at Heysel Park closed after six months? The first major show after World War II, this expo whose theme was titled, "A World View: A New Humanism", featured the Atomium, a giant model of a unit cell of an iron crystal. …

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Today in History: Columbus Reaches the New World 

Did you know that on October 12th, 1492, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus reached the New World? He was sponsored by Catholic Monarchs, Queen Isbabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, who wanted him to find Asia in search of gold and spices. Columbus  sighted an island in the Bahamas, possibly Watling, where he went ashore with his men …

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Today In History: Remembering Mary Adelaide Nutting 

"THE death on October 3 of Mary Adelaide Nutting, professor emeritus and former director of Nursing Education in Teachers College, marks the passing of another of the great pioneers who helped to build the foundations of Teachers College and whose influence spread far beyond this institution and their own times. In The Founding of Teachers …

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Today in History: Bill of Rights Passes Congress 

Did you know that September 25th, 1789 marks the day when the Bill of Rights, designed to protect the basic rights of United States citizens, was approved by the first United States Congress? The twelve amendments, including the right to freedom of speech, press, assembly, religion, fair legal procedures, and arms, were influenced by the …

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Today in History: Oprah Launches Book Club 

How did obscure titles become popular bestsellers? Does it take a big media personality to encourage readers to pick up books? Apart from intellectual, are book clubs meant to be therapeutic and self-improving? What makes for good reading and what should we get out of it? On September 17th 1996 American talk show host Oprah …

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Today in History: Roald Dahl Is Born 

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install A lovely bookshelf on the wall. Then fill the shelves with lots of books.” ― Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Beloved British children's author, screenwriter, and fighter pilot for the Royal Air …

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Library Services, Summer 2018: A Memory Theater Research Journey in Search of the Truth about Forgetting 

During Summer 2018, library staff were asked to create an artifact or present a performance exemplifying the work they do and specifically had done during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Because I've been thinking (and blogging) about using the Smith Learning Theater as a site for instruction in fundamental library research, including key resources and search strategies, and at …

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