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Archive for April, 2010

April 29 is World Dance Day.

The photograph above, courtesy of California Historical Society Digital Archive digital collection, shows six pairs of “La Jota” Spanish dancers led by Jose Rivera in 1910.
Another photograph (below), courtesy of BYU Campus Photographs digital collection, shows the first American folk dance team to represent the United States in Europe, the Brigham Young University’s “International Folk Dancers” performing in Belgium in 1968.

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145 years ago, on April 27, 1865, the New York State Senate created Cornell University as the state’s land grant institution.
The Opening History aggregation includes five digital collections created by or with participation from Cornell University:
HEARTH (Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History)
Cornell University Collection of Political Americana
Making of America (MoA): Cornell University
Core Historical Literature of Agriculture

New York State Historical Literature Collection.

The full-text digitized version of this newsletter, “Extension Work in Agriculture and Home Economics in New York during 1918” published in 1919 by Cornell University’s College of Agriculture (below) is courtesy of HEARTH digital collection.

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On April 23, the World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated.
These photographs of children reading books in the library of the Solano Avenue School and workers in the printing room and bindery of the Braille Institute of America (1933) are both courtesy of California Historical Society Digital Archive collection.

Children reading books in the library of the Solano Avenue School (no date)

Children reading books in the library of the Solano Avenue School (no date)

Workers in the printing room and bindery of the Braille Institute of America, Incorporated, 1933

Workers in the printing room and bindery of the Braille Institute of America, Incorporated, 1933

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Earth Day — a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment — is held on April 22 in many countries of the world.
In United States, Earth Day was first observed nationwide 40 years ago, on April 22, 1970. A number of activities marked the Earth Day in 1970, including rallies, speeches, and educational exhibits. The photograph below, courtesy of King County Snapshots: A photographic heritage of Seattle and surrounding communities digital collection, documents a more active response, as students at Seattle Central Community College destroy an automobile as the symbol of air pollution.

Students overturning car in Earth Day demonstration outside Seattle Community College, Seattle, 1970

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The San Francisco Earthquake started on April 18, 1906. The Opening History aggregation includes two digital collections documenting this event: 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection and Edith Irvine Collection. The photograph below, courtesy of the Bancroft Library, University of California, 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection digital collection, part of Online Archive of California (OAC), shows earthquake wrecked buildings on Howard Street.

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On April 14, 1935, the “Black Sunday Storm”, the worst dust storm of the U.S. Dust Bowl — an ecological and human disaster caused by misuse of land and years of sustained drought — occurred. Immense dust storms—such as the “Black Sunday Storm” —often reduced visibility to a few feet, as can be seen on the photograph below, courtesy of Dorothea Lange Collection 1919-1965.

Dust Bowl fringes (general rural Okla. scenes)

Another photograph from the same digital collection shows the tenant farmers displaced by the Dust Bowl in Texas.

Displaced Tenant Farmers, Goodlet, Hardeman Co., Texas

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According to Wikipedia, the first elephant ever seen in the United States arrived from India on April 13, 1796.

The photograph below, courtesy of Utah State Historical Society Classified Photograph Collection, shows elephants Princess Alice and baby Prince Utah in 1918 in Liberty Park Zoo, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Elephants. P.6

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