Sunday, April 21, 2013

Alternative Button Closures

An excellent article on creating frogs and chinese buttons can
Alternative Button Closures. This is an article from 1938 by
Mary Brooks Pickens which has good illustrations for construction
of these frogs.
which has a lovely selection of Victorian Dress style pictures.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Carnegie: Civil War Post

Carnegie: Civil War Post

The Captain Thomas Espy Post was a meeting place for Civil War union soldiers that sat untouched for more than 50-years. This time capsule and American treasure tucked away on the top floor of the Carnegie Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, Pennsylvania has been painstakingly restored and now re-opened.

Take a tour of this little know piece of Civil War history.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Free Online Digital Photo Identification Class and More

This came through one of my newsletters and looks like it would be worth participating in if you can, especially the "Identifying 19th century photos" and "Personal Digital Archiving".

Period photos help us understand the people and situations of that time and be more accurate in our portrayals. Click on the links to register for the classes which do not require you to be a member of the organization. 

Free Classes from Amigos for Preservation Week

President Obama once wrote, "Part of America's genius has always been its ability to absorb newcomers, to forge a national identity out of the disparate lot that arrived on our shores." The memories and treasures of individuals, families, and communities are essential to the record of this process. They contribute to our understanding of history and its participants just as collections in libraries, museums, and archives do. Preservation Week, "Pass It On!" will take place April 22 - 26 for local institutions across the country to celebrate with preservation-themed events in their own communities.
Sponsored by the American Library Association and partners that include the Library of Congress, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The American Institute for Conservation, Heritage Preservation, and the Society of American Archivists, Preservation Week will highlight collections of all kinds, and suggest simple steps to help you make sure your treasures and memories last a lifetime and are passed on to future generations.
Amigos Imaging and Preservation Field Service (IPS) will be offering a series of free webinars to celebrate Preservation Week. Each one-hour webinar will focus on a different preservation topic. "These webinars will give a brief overview of a topic but more importantly, they connect people to the services that the Imaging & Preservation Service can provide to others," says Gina Minks, IPS Manager. "I hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity!"
Monday, April 22
What is a Preservation Site Survey?
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. CDT
Complete class description and online registration for this session.
Tuesday, April 23
Environmental Monitoring With Hobo Dataloggers
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. CDT
Complete class description and online registration for this session.
Wednesday, April 24
Digital Preservation @ Your Library: You Can Do This!
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. CDT
Complete class description and online registration for this session.
Thursday, April 25
Identifying 19th Century Photographs
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. CDT
Complete class description and online registration for this session.
Friday, April 26
Personal Digital Archiving
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. CDT
Complete class description and online registration for this session.
For more Preservation Week information, go to the Preservation Week Web site. To register for classes, visit the Amigos Training Schedule.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Ft. McKavett West Texas Heritage Days

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Thanks to John Cobb for sharing his pictures of the Ft.
McKavett 2013 West Texas Heritage Daysfor this movie.
Thanks also to all Living Historians who traveled
such a
distance to bring the fort to life.











































Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Godey's Ladies Books on the Net

If you want to look for period needlework patterns and antique literature here are few links that are just recently scanned for download.  More and more of 19th century books are coming online.  They are public domain for the most part but did you know that clothing designers often get inspiration from antique patterns?  If you find public domain scans that are available for download, I would recommend you save them for reference on your own computer.  They may not be there tomorrow.
The Online Book Page



Godey's Lady's Book

Godey's Lady's Book was an American women's magazine published in the 19th century.

Publication History

Godey's Lady's Book began in 1830 as The Lady's Book. "Godey's" was added to the title around 1840. It was also known as "Godey's Magazine", using that name exclusively in its last few years. It ceased publication in 1898, and was absorbed by The Puritan.

Persistent Archives of Complete Issues

_______________________________________________________________________________________________  Many early patterns for crochet, embroidery and knitting  Another searchable database of Godeys