Wartime Football

Baseball had  League of Their Own.  How did Foot ball survive duering WWII, read this blog from Pacific Paratrooper via Wartime Football

Reblog: ‘He is the petitioner: The Military Petitions of Naturalization of Camp Lee’s Nurses During World War I”

Something the government may want to reconsider: giving citizenship to emigrants who serve in the United States Armed Forces.

From 1795 to 1952, the United States’ naturalization process required a declaration of intention followed by a petition for naturalization. On 9 May 1918, Congress passed Public Law 144, An Act To amend the naturalization laws and to repeal certain sections of the Revised Statutes of the United States and other laws relating to naturalization, and for other purposes. Under the new law,

“any alien serving in the military or naval service of the United States during the time this country is engaged in the present war may file his petition for naturalization without making the preliminary declaration of intention and without proof of the required five years’ residence within the United States.”


Reblog of how female nurses from World War I were listed as he because of the language of the time.

Reblog: Little Free Library Honoring Native Americans Unveiled at the Smithsonian

Little Free Library started a pilot program in 2018 “to increase book access on tribal lands with generous support from Amerigroup/Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. We also partnered with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries & Museums (ATALM), hosting a Little Free Library build at the 2018 ATALM conference. ”  It is called the Native Library Initiative.

Smithsonian Birchbark LFL

The Smithsonian was gifted with a “birchbark Little Free Library book-sharing box at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C., donated by the Little Free Library (LFL) nonprofit organization. The “take a book, share a book” library seeks to honor Native American culture and increase access to culturally relevant books.”

The box was “created by Pat Kruse, an Ojibwe birchbark and quillwork artist. Kruse is a member at Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and a descendent of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Onamia, Minnesota.”

Reblog: Uncovering Homegrown Histories During National Picture Book Month

The Library of Virginia has a new blog that began publishing in 2019 called the UncommonWealth (since Virginia is a Commonwealth).


In The UncommonWealth: Voices from the Library of Virginia, we aim to expand our scope to help you learn more about what we do, why we do it, and how our efforts relate to current issues and events. We also plan to tell you more about your fellow Virginians who work here at the Library, spotlighting staff members, specialized professions, and public libraries.

This particular posting includes some of the ‘made in Virginia’ picture books written by Virginians about Virginia history. Click here to read the blog.

Reblog: UVA’s Miller Center has Resources on America’s Four Impeachments

The center is home to the nation’s longest-running presidential oral history program, including oral histories of every White House from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama. Its Presidential Recordings Program – also known as “the secret White House tapes” – makes once-secret tapes from thousands of White House meetings and telephone conversations between 1940 and 1973 accessible to the public.

As lawmakers, witnesses and White House officials sort out those questions in Congress, faculty members at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs are tackling questions of impeachment from an academic perspective, drawing on the center’s unparalleled expertise in the American presidency.

MIller Center Scripps Library front

Reblog: Veterans Benefits Vary By State

Reblog from Buzz Search, Nov 13, 2019:


Stars And Stripes: New study shows veteran benefit discrepancies between states. “Several years ago, Iraq War veteran Kayla Williams and her family moved to Pennsylvania, where she and her husband received $500 each semester toward her two children’s school costs, thanks to a statewide benefit. The only problem? They had relocated from Virginia – a state that provides free tuition to children of disabled veterans. Williams’ husband, also a veteran, has a 100 percent disability rating from the VA.” A new database allows veterans to compare benefits offered by state governments.  (sorry about all the ads!)

To go directly to Veterans’ Benefits Click here.

Reblog: Pew Report: The American Veteran Experience and the Post -9/11 Generation


veterans honoring

In September 2019, the Pew Research Center released this report examining trends among the experiences of American military veterans, comparing veterans whose service began after 9/11 to those whose service ended prior to 9/11. The report looked at a variety of aspects of the veteran experience, including deployment and combat trends, how well veterans feel their training prepared them for military service and civilian life, and how both veterans and the general public view those who have served in the military. In addition to similarities, the study found several disparities between pre- and post-9/11 generations of veterans. For example, those who served after 9/11 were significantly more likely to be deployed and see combat than those who served prior to 9/11. Interested readers can view and download the full 38-page report at the link above, where they will also find multiple colorful graphs and the topline survey results. This report was authored by Kim Parker, Ruth Igielnik, Amanda Barroso, and Anthony Cilluffo. It is based on two surveys of US adults, with one survey consisting of 1,284 US military veterans and the other consisting of 1,084 US non-veterans. These surveys were conducted between May 14 and June 3, 2019.

North-easterly: Sidetracked by poppies…

Poppies have become the symbol of the Armistice (end of the First World War.)  Most of us are only familiar with the red poppies a la Flanders field.

There are other poppies for groups from killed service animals (horses, carrier pigeons, dogs, cats, canaries), noncombatants such as ambulance drivers and nurses, and people who today would be considered PTSD or shell shocked but were shot as cowards then.

via North-easterly: Sidetracked by poppies…