Saturday, February 28, 2015

Digital Public Library of America

Today we viewed an interesting workshop given by Lisa Louise Cooke entitled "Five Ways To Enhance Your Genealogy Research Using Old Maps." We learned about using Google Maps to overlay historical maps of a particular area with regards to your family history research. These historical maps can assist you in your research and add to your story. We also received a list of recommended websites where some of these historical maps could be found.

When I returned to my desk I started reading Dick Eastman's newsletter which covered Digital Public Library of America another good website to go to when looking for old maps of interest to your research. I found a Beers's map for my home town Deer Park from 1888. This map was digitized by New York Public Library and is downloadable and available for printing. You could also overlay the map on the Google Maps website or upload to a blog, etc.

Silk Scarf Painting

On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.

Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!

On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.

Needle Felting A Penguin Program

On Thursday, December 3rd we met in the Local History Room where we learned how to needle felt a penguin.
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