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Archive for March, 2009

On March 31st, 1933 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was founded as part of the New Deal legislation to help relief high unemployment resulting from Great Depression.

Eleven digital collections in Opening History aggregation include a number of items in different formats (newspapers, posters, photographs, government documents, etc.) about CCC.

Both images below courtesy of Civilian Conservation Corps Collection, State of Utah. More information about this digital collection from Opening History aggregation.

CCC certificate

CCC certificate

CCC work site in Utah

A crew of enrollees, shovels in hand, pausing for a break at a CCC work site in Utah

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March 27th is celebrated as International Day of Theater.

New Orpheum Theatre Curtain

New Orpheum Theatre Curtain

Photograph of a New Orpheum Theatre Curtain in Salt Lake City, UT, 1913. Courtesy of Shipler Photograph Collection, Utah State History Digital Collections. More information about Shipler Photograph Collection from Opening History.

Actors on one of the side stages of the Greek Theater at Griffith Park

Actors on one of the side stages of the Greek Theater at Griffith Park

Actors on one of the side stages of the Greek Theater at Griffith Park, [date unknown]. Photograph courtesy of California Historical Society Digital Archive collection. Learn more about this collection from Opening History aggregation.

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Famous magician, stunt performer, actor and film producer, “the genius of escape” Harry Houdini was born 135 years ago, on March 24, 1874.

Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini

Photograph of Harry Houdini performing escape stunt.
Courtesy of Library of Congress, George Grantham Bain Collection. More information from Opening History aggregation of digital collections.

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Last Saturday, March 14th, the world marked 130th anniversary of Albert Einstein (1879-1955), the most renown physicist in the world, author of the theory of relativity, and a Nobel prize winner.

On the photograph below, Albert Einstein is pictured during his first appearance at a U.S. scientific association, when he discussed Atomic Theory at the 1934 American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.

Albert Einstein Visits Pittsburgh, 1934

Albert Einstein Visits Pittsburgh, 1934

Albert Einstein Visits Pittsburgh, 1934. Courtesy of Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections, University of Pittsburgh Archives. More information about collection from Opening History aggregation.

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Car in St. Patrick's Day parade, Seattle, March 1936

Car in St. Patrick's Day parade, Seattle, March 1936


Photograph of a car in St. Patrick’s Day parade, Seattle, Washington, March 1936.
Courtesy of Museum of History & Industry’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, which is part of a larger King County Snapshots: A photographic heritage of Seattle and surrounding communities collection.
More information about collection from Opening History aggregation.
If you are interested in the history of St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Washington state, take a look at this Washington State Library’s blog post

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Illustration from 'The War Romance of the Salvation Army', 1919

Illustration from 'The War Romance of the Salvation Army', 1919; Copyright President and Fellows of Harvard College

An illustration (p.4) from the full text of “The War Romance of the Salvation Army”, a book by Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill, 1919.
Courtesy of Harvard University, Women Working, 1800-1930 collection.
More information from Opening History aggregation.

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Pullman cars (1906)

Pullman cars (1906)

Telegraph girls kept in Pullman cars in Oakland 3 months at company’s expense.
Courtesy of University of California, California Digital Library, 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection.
More information from Opening History aggregation.

Chicago-based Pullman Company created by George Pullman (1831-1897) manufactured, owned, and operated sleeping cars, like the one on a photograph above, and became the biggest railroad car building company in the world. Pullman Company Car Drawings, 1870-1969 (bulk 1919-1969) Collection in Opening History contains 1,299 Pullman car drawings, created between 1870 and 1969.

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