1. Researching Your Family History
  2. How to do Genealogy at your (any) Library with Tim Gleisner
  3. Using Digitized Newspapers for Genealogical Research
  4. Newspaper Archives Screencast
  5. Untold Stories from the Coppedge Scrapbooks

Researching Your Family History

[Music],welcome to researching,your family history using ancestry,library edition,and heritage quest my name is pam and i,work in the adult services department,here,at the library um i wanted to mention,before we get started,that this is the first time im doing a,webinar so there might be,some glitches and hopefully hopefully,not,um hopefully everything will run,smoothly,but i just wanted to apologize in,advance,and i did want to let you know that we,are,recording this and itll be available on,youtube,just in case you miss some parts or you,want a,a little refresher youll be able to go,on to,youtube and watch this,i also wanted to let you know sometimes,when i talk for a long,period of time my voice starts to get a,little hoarse,and if youre having trouble hearing me,please let us know in the chat and ill,try to,speak up and i wanted to tell you before,we start that unfortunately,i am not a genealogist but at the end of,this presentation,i will provide you with information on,how you can get free help,from genealogist and research specialist,but what i will be doing today is,discussing some of the essential tools,and elements that will get you started,and give you a base for launching your,research using these two databases,if there are questions regarding these,databases,that i cannot answer i will be very,happy,to get back to you later i also wanted,to let you know that typically,ancestry library edition can only be,accessed,within the library but because of the,pandemic,it is available at home through the end,of march,um uh now heritage quest on the other,hand,has always been available from home and,will continue to be so,uh so lets get started with our,demonstration and today well start with,ancestry so,um on our home page lyle library.org,you can see our toolbar here and if you,click on databases,our databases are listed in alphabetical,order,and so ancestry library edition is our,first,one uh if we scroll down youll be able,to see,a heritage quest down here,now if youre at home and youre,clicking on this,youre going to have to enter your,library card number,and your pin number which is the last,four digits of your home phone number,but because im in the library itll,take me directly there,so what is ancestry library edition,its a collection of many different data,sets that can be searched simultaneously,or you can narrow your search to a,particular data set,the content of this database comes from,libraries archives,and special collections from all over,the world,and many collections include images of,original documents,there are over 10 000 unique data sets,and more are added each week so this is,not a static or closed collection it is,constantly evolving,and growing so whats the difference,between the ancestry library edition,and the personal at home one you see,on the tv commercials let me just show,you,over here,[Music],of course ours is free and there is a,charge for there,so um what i would suggest,to use ours as much as you can and then,if you feel,you need to um get a,membership with them you can do that,there is a 14-day free trial,um so you can do that also,let me go back to my ancestry,okay now there are some other features,that are different,uh between those two databases,the two most widely used ones are the,message board,which is a way to communicate with other,members with the library edition you,cannot post a reply,on the board but i will show you how you,can use it later,and creating a family tree is which is a,way which,to share with other uh members of your,family,with the library edition you cannot,create a family tree,but if one is made public you can view,it,there is some differences in content but,just as a note,far less than five percent of the total,collection in,ancestry.com is not accessible,in the library edition so a pretty small,percentage,one of the big ones that arent in the,library edition,is the historical newspaper collection,but,we do have the chicago tribune some,historical newspapers,that goes back to 1849 weve got the,wall street journal that goes back to,1889,the washington post that goes back to,1877,and we have some civil war air,newspapers,uh we also do not have the obituary,collection,uh you might have noticed this on the,home page where it says obituaries from,newspapers,dot com uh what that actually is,is an index its not the actual obituary,i just wanted to show you,um,okay so were going to look at this,record its not the real,abraham lincoln but as you could see,its not the obituary that we,typically think about but it does tell,you,where you can get a copy of the obituary,it says herald in review,uh publication dates september 13,2008 if you went to this link,over here i would take you to,newspaper.com,but of course youd have to sign up for,that and pay for it,but if you contact us theres a good,chance,that we could contact the decatur public,library,most of the newspapers are on microfilm,so we could possibly get you a copy,of that obituary,okay lets go back to the home page,and um lets get started with a few,search tips being able to search for,variations,and names can be important to your,search so,i just wanted to show you if you clicked,here begin searching,and then up here where it says all,categories,itll take you to the same place when,youre doing this youre searching over,all 10 000 data sets,so im going to start with the first,name and im gonna start this type sarah,and what pops up over here is this,little exact,here and you can decide if you want,sarah or sounds like sarah,which might be sarah with an h,similar might be lets say you put will,but it could be william or bill or,somebodys initials now the same with,the last name im going to start just,type,smith and this exact comes up,and it could be sounds like smith so,smith with the e,at the end or similar smith s-m-y-t-h-e,or sound x is uh when theres an,alternate spelling like,s-k-i for polish names or s-k-y,i also wanted to show you if,uh you have a maiden name,you can type two last names in the last,name field,and theres also wild card so lets say,im gonna start to type in,and the wild card is an asterisk,and so thats gonna give you um an,and with the e anna or even,annabelle and then if you another wild,card,is the question mark and if its just,one letter,of the name um,you want to change so thats going to,give you,a hanson h-a-n-s-o-n,and h-a-n-s-e-n,okay,all right so um ill place your ancestor,might have lived and im gonna start to,type dupage county,and ill click here and again the exact,two,and you might choose just dupage county,or you might say two page county and,adjacent counties because,as we all know the county boundaries,have changed over the years,state and adjacent state because those,boundaries,have also changed the birth year,im going to put 1850 again,you can click on this you could say,exact to 1850,or minus or plus one year minus or plus,two years,five years ten years and then theres a,little calculator over here,just um lets say you know that,ian was 18 years old,in lets say 18,um 63,and then its going to fill that birth,year,into for you all right now if you want,to narrow your search down even more,were going to go over here where it,says show options,and so if you know where ann might have,been born you could fill that,in um when she was married,where she was married uh when she passed,away,where she could have lived um,when she came into the country when she,left,there was military duties and you can,narrow it down even more,if you know who her father was mother,sibling spouse or child and of course,if you decide you dont want to need,that you could just,x out here,this could be occupation or any kind of,keyword,im going to put world,war ii and you want to put those,in parenthesis because it treats it as a,phrase,instead of individual words so that,narrows it down,quite a bit also you could also put,gender,and if you know the nationality you,could put italian,irish polish,and also the last thing they also

How to do Genealogy at your (any) Library with Tim Gleisner

[Erin Schmandt:] My name is Erin Schmandt I am the Director here,at the Caro Area District Library, and tonight we would like to welcome Tim Gleisner,from the Library of Michigan and hes going to be talking about how to do genealogy,at our library, at your library at any public library in the area.,We did have a session a month ago talking about how to do an introduction to genealogy.,That is found in our videos on our Facebook page, if you want to review that anyone.,We will also be having in a month from tonight, another presentation from Library of Michigan,on how to do genealogy at the Library of Michigan.,So, maybe, mark that in your calendar.,At the end, or actually, Tim has told me hell take questions any time during his presentation.,So I will be monitoring the conversation and Facebook live,,so go ahead and put your questions there.,And I will propose those to Tim, and I guess well go ahead and go.,[Tim Gleisner:] Thank you, Erin.,Hi, everybody.,My name is Tim Gleisner like Erin said.,So Ill be honest with you, as I was preparing this presentation,,I did originally entitle it How to Do Genealogy at Your Library,,but youll notice I put in parentheses “Any library.”,And there are certain things that I want to touch on tonight.,First, that libraries can be very particular in what they collect and thats a good thing.,And I feel that anybody who does genealogy, its worth it to go,to the local library where your familys from.,So as I always tell people, Ive always told them for years,,my family has nothing to do with Michigan.,My family is Ohio and Wisconsin.,Im from Wisconsin, originally, born and raised in Milwaukee.,And quite frankly, everything that I know about libraries can help me here in Michigan,,help me in Ohio, help me in Wisconsin.,And so tonight Im just going to be talking about general things that libraries do,from things like collection development to library catalogs,,something as benign as library catalogs.,Because I really do feel if youre able to figure out a library catalog,at a large research library, say, like the Fort Wayne Library in Allen County or something,as small say, like the Fort Wayne library in Allen County or something as small,as say the Fremont Library over in the west side of the state, theres some general principles,that really apply about what libraries do and what you can hope to find.,And like Erin said, if you want to stop me, you want to ask a question, you can either wait,until the end or you can do it during the program.,It doesnt really matter.,But just to tell you a little bit about myself.,This is me Im Tim Gleisner.,Im the Head of Collections at the Library of Michigan.,Ive been there for a little over three years.,Previous to that, I was the Assistant Director in local history librarian,at the Herrick Library in Holland, Michigan.,So I know a lot about Dutch genealogy.,I was there a couple of times.,Ive worked there twice, once as an Assistant Director and before,that as Local History in genealogy librarian.,And then intermediate, between that, I was also the Head of Local History Special Collections,at the Grand Rapids Public Library for twelve years.,So I ran the history collections of local history,and everything else at the Grand Rapids Library.,During that time, Ive learned a lot about Michigan history and genealogy in the area,and again, just talking about things that are really common amongst libraries,and archives, local history collections.,And tonight, some of the questions were going to answer,,first of all, why do genealogy in libraries?,Second, what is available at libraries?,And how to find information at libraries.,And what if I cant get into the library?,So those are the questions I hope to answer tonight.,And, you know, just to tell you the first question, why do genealogy libraries.,Well, if I can get the go, there we go.,This is just a smattering of larger research libraries in the state, right?,Library of Michigan, the Detroit Public Library,,Central Michigan University and Clark Historical Library.,I put on the Michigan e-Library.,Thats something were going to talk about a little later.,Grand Rapids history and special collections, Michigan Tech.,And just to give you an idea,,all these libraries do very different things with their local history.,And these are some of the larger ones.,Im not going to deny that.,Grand Rapids history and special collections, that was me.,Thats a collection thats very, very large.,Library of Michigan, one of the oldest in the state, third oldest library in the state,,collecting Michigan history since territorial times.,Detroit public, its the oldest library in the state.,It has, Burton Historical has the largest Great Lakes historical collection in the world.,The Clark Historical down the road from you folks in Central Michigan,,you know that library, one of the renowned libraries of the state,,and then at the bottom, Michigan Tech.,Michigan Tech is really about UP history, specifically Keweenaw history.,And again, this is just a smattering.,I could go on and on and I am going to go on tonight.,Youre going to hear me drawing on.,Youre going to want me to stop after a while.,But the reason why I put all these up is because they all do very different things, right?,Detroit Public, they are the Great Lakes historical collection,,but they really concentrate in certain areas.,Detroit, obviously, Detroit metro.,Clark historical, Michigan.,Grand Rapids, second-largest city in the state,but they have a very constrained collection development policy, say,,on Kent County and Grand Rapids specifically.,Right. Michigan Tech, obviously the UP.,Library of Michigan, we collect Michigan, but we have a real large focus on governmental history,because were the governmental library.,But then getting closer to home for you folks, the public libraries of Saginaw,,Flint Public Library, Bay County local history and genealogy,,and obviously your own Caro Area District Library.,The reason why I mention these is because these are all good examples,of what certain libraries do and certain things that you need to know,about when youre doing genealogical research at libraries.,So, Erin, Im sure can talk about collection development policies.,Im sure she has a very good collection, development policy Caro area district library.,And the reason I mention that, and you can say, “Tim, this is ridiculous.,This has nothing to do with genealogy.”,Well, the reason why I mention a collection development policy is,because libraries have a certain amount of resources.,They have a certain amount of space.,They do things when it comes to genealogy and local history sometimes,that really is based on those constraints, right?,And they do things based on their local collections or local populations.,I can tell you right now at the Grand Rapids Library, we looked at Kent County.,We looked at some of the larger groups in the area.,A library that I used to use a lot when it came to looking,up Hispanic genealogy was the public libraries of Saginaw.,Why? Because they have one of the oldest Hispanic populations in the state.,Saginaw was getting people, migrant farmers,in that area all the way back in the 19- teens and 20s.,And so when I was looking for materials to buy,for the Grand Rapids Library, I would look at Saginaw.,African American genealogy, I would look at Flint.,Bay County, I might look for things like German genealogy because that was one,of the largest groups going into that area.,Obviously, when I was at the Herrick library, we concentrated on what group?,And I know you guys cant answer me, but it was Dutch.,All right?,Dutch was a huge group, a settling of that area.,And so all these libraries have specific things that theyre collecting that.,Now gain, you can say, “Tim, well, thats not universal.”,But the one universal thing to know about libraries in each,of these cases is they have certain constraints.,Theyre looking at their localities.,Now not all libraries do this.,Theres a lib

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Using Digitized Newspapers for Genealogical Research

all righty well good afternoon and,welcome everybody thank you for joining,us today,my name is andrew dauphini im the,instruction and outreach librarian at,the new jersey state library,it is my pleasure to present todays,speaker brian armstrong,brian is an independent historian,researcher,and author who frequently lectures,throughout the state on local history,he lectures throughout the state on,historical topics such as using digital,newspapers for genealogical research,womens suffrage and the 19th amendment,prohibition,world war one the spanish influenza and,political history,his 2019 book the franklin park tragedy,a forgotten story of racial injustice in,new jersey,won the 2020 njsaa author award,and he has a new book published this,year called a histories lovers guide,to bar harbor maine so welcome brian,thank you for,for coming and speaking to us today uh,before we get started just a few uh,housekeeping items to,go through um we will be taking,questions today at the end of the,program but you can submit them at any,time using the questions box,on the go to webinar dashboard there is,a survey that will be provided,at the end of this program as well as in,the follow-up email,if you can please complete the survey we,always appreciate any and all of your,feedback,um if youre looking for more,information about digital newspapers,whats available,in different areas countries how they,impact genealogy the,family search wiki has a great entry,on that the link is there on the slide,there but i will send it out,in a chat so everybody has has a live,link please uh if you have a minute,take a look at that its got some,fantastic information in there,and one last thing before we get started,is just for those of you who might be,unfamiliar with go to webinar um this is,what your dashboard should look like if,youre using a,pc or a mac if youre using a,mobile device your dashboard is going to,be looking different depending on which,device youre using but all the features,will still be there,in the center here you can see all of,your audio settings this is where you,can check to make sure,that your audio devices are working,correctly that you have the correct ones,uh chosen uh at any time if you have any,problems you can use,this raise hand button here just hit,that,that will alert me i will send you a,message and hopefully well be able to,resolve everything,and as i mentioned before we will be,taking questions at the end of the,program but you can submit them at any,time,you can just use this questions box here,type in your question hit send,and wed be happy to answer that for you,so,um that is everything that i have for,you today so its my pleasure to turn it,over,to brian okay good to see you here,today im going to put my presentation,on here just give me a second,should come up here,okay why am i not okay there we go okay,uh good to see everybody here today um,what im going to be talking about is,using digitized newspapers and,im one of these individuals who have,been using newspapers for a long time i,they were but originally they were,microfilmed and youd have to go into,like musty library basements and,and look at web or microphone,readers to read them and it would take,you hours on end to go through it,uh and i actually took a trip one time,in around 2000,to fly up to bar harbor maine to use,digitized news,or use the newspapers non-digitized and,uh,you know the information that i got,during that trip i probably can get in,five minutes today with digitized,newspapers its just such a different,type of thing um just what im going to,talk about today is an overview of,digitized newspapers and the information,that you can get from them,and the available resources im very,much,extensively you i use them all the time,uh,ive written two books they primarily,use newspapers as the main,resource for research and theyre a,great,resource to have looking at newspapers,um,theyre theyre a second level,genealogical research tool i mean some,people will say,you know you have to kind of look at,them in a different way,but theres information in them that you,wont find in any other record,newspapers a hundred years ago and even,120 years ago,provided a lot of detail on people,you know through their gossip columns,and other information because it was the,main source,of information for towns and for cities,so theyre very valuable theyre fragile,because,theyre made of paper and so whats,happened as early as the 1930s theyve,tried to,microfilm them so that theyre preserved,and theres a lot of great information,and they really are a mirror of who we,are,because most of the towns and cities,they would use the newspaper as a way of,communicating,and its very different than the,newspapers today,it was a situation where the information,you had in there had to be correct,because people would insist on its being,correct so what you find,is a lot fewer errors in the newspapers,a hundred years ago than you would find,in papers today,the digitizing is a process where they,took the microfilmed,uh versions and they actually convert,them to digitize them,which sometimes creates problems because,of different types of,blemishes like vinegar syndrome and the,retox blemishes and tears,and these things can mess up the optical,character reader which is the ocr,and that is the essential thing because,thats the indexing and thats how you,can go in and say,search a family name and then youre,able to find the particular newspaper,that the name is mentioned in uh and,its really a great,uh resource to use i just did a a a,research for someone about a week ago,about a particular,orchestra that was out there you know,100 years ago,and was able to find this information,quickly by using the,ocr reader for the digital newspaper,service i was using,and the ocr directly is a much better,way of doing it,when theyre scanning newspapers today,theyre scanned directly so the images,are much better and especially,the more recent newspapers look,beautiful the the scanned versions of,them,theyre very good um and so the problem,is when something is darkened or if,characters are lost,its very hard to read ive read so many,scanned newspapers where you have to,kind of squint your eyes,to read the stories but even at that,its still,valuable information the things you can,find in newspapers are,very important like the obituaries the,gossip and events,business stories legal records and real,estate for the obituaries you get a lot,of vitals in there about the families,death details family members and friends,uh what the jobs the people held where,they lived,their interests and the pole bearers,really usually represent,important people in their lives uh,gossips and events was something that,was really,big a hundred years ago you usually had,a local,person who would be the gossip columnist,and they would have just,the smallest details about peoples,lives would appear,in the newspapers even when they went on,trips in a car to the town,you know nearby it was just its very,fascinating also things on sicknesses,if someone had an operation that would,be in the newspaper,or if they you know various funerals,business stories im a big business,historian,and i love the business information that,you find in newspapers about,founders of companies uh you have,company history locations,products that they had and services just,totally invaluable information,especially,if you have a relative that was in a,business and you might not know much,about it,these particular ads and business,stories can be really fascinating,legal records even today the legal,records are a very important thing,thats out there and real estate of,course is another,aspect as well when looking at,obituaries this obituary,is my great great grandfathers obituary,is the last line in here,that was from 1882 and as you can see,obituaries back then were pretty simple,they just,said where you were where you lived you,possibly what the cause of death was in,your age,uh in a very

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Newspaper Archives Screencast

hi everyone this is Tony karna the,Schomburg township district libraries,Algie coordinator welcome to another one,of my podcasts to show you and provide,some insights into using another one of,our resources for your genealogical,research today I would like to focus on,making you aware of a database that we,have available both in the library and,also available from home for those of,you that are Sheinberg card holders and,the database is called a newspaper,archive com,just to clarify one other point if you,are someone whos viewing this video and,are not part of our library you can,probably double check easily with your,own Public Library from which a library,card was issued to you and just find out,if they have newspaper archive com,available to you and they should very,readily share with you exactly how to go,about accessing that material so lets,get started with what we have to show,you and probably the very first thing I,want to make sure you simply know and,how to get to it is you can start very,easily by accessing our own librarys,webpage at Schaumburg library org which,Ive already done up here if you now,want to access the newspaper archive com,database all you have to do from our,home page is look down a little bit look,for the icon that basically says,research and genealogy click on that,its going to take you to the next page,where you can select the variety of,databases and our genealogy databases,are categorized under a group setting,called history and genealogy which you,see down here so lets click on that and,again on that final page before we,actually get to the database you will,see you have three choices here if you,want to select to get quickly to it and,you definitely want to select genie out,so lets click on there here is a,listing of our databases that we have,associated with genealogy we actually,have one that has recently been added to,our collection and thats this one here,American ancestors its provided to us,by the New England historic Genealogical,oniel American records so this is,available to tap into and I hope at some,point in the future to be able to,provide you with another screencast,giving you some insights into this new,database but anyhow lets keep scrolling,down look to see these other databases,and were looking for the one that,basically says newspaper archives,dot-com so well scroll down they are in,alphabetical order and in this,particular case newspaper archive com is,our last one on our list here and as you,can see just from the general,description here it does have over 5,000,newspapers,its got local national international,newspapers and especially for those of,you who are doing Chicago Cook County,Northwest North East metropolitan region,of Illinois research youre gonna notice,that two of the main component,newspapers that can be very helpful to,you in their research are the Daily,Herald which is a suburban based,newspaper outside of Chicago for those,of you doing Chicago research you may be,more familiar with the Chicago Tribune,and the Chicago sun-times but in,addition to that you will notice that,there is a Chicago Daily News newspaper,that is also included in the series of,newspapers within this database,historically it covers a wonderful time,for you and your research to tap into so,its another highlight of the database,if,click on the database link here and you,want to hover your mouse cursor over it,itll highlight with the underline click,on that itll get you to the next page,that will allow you to go about and,access the database itself and as you,can see this is a screen youre gonna,see and again this is intended this,screen is intended for those of you who,are already Schaumburg district library,card holders and have your library card,assigned to you that has your library,card number on it again as I mentioned,earlier those of you who are not you,certainly are still welcome to look at,this screen cast Im gonna do but for,you you would not be able to access our,librarys databases unless you have a,Schaumburg card hole or sorry that you,are a Schaumburg card holder so anyhow,so Im gonna pause the screen for a,little bit while I enter in this data to,get me to the database and if you just,hold down a little bit I will return,very shortly ok as you can see weve now,arrived at the newspaper archive com,website via our own library set of,databases that Id like to now show you,and make you a little bit familiar with,for those of you that know me one of the,very first things I tell anybody be,there be they new to doing genealogical,research or a seasoned researcher dont,get trapped into immediately as you,scroll down seeing the search box and,immediately start putting your name in,and just start searching its always a,good thing to search through the basic,introductory page of what the product,offers to you so thats what I,definitely want to show you at least by,showing you whats available to you on,the screen here one of the things as you,scroll down youre gonna see a map of,the United States and what this allows,you to do is basically and for my,purposes of this screencast were just,going to focus on Illinois but for,anybody else that needs any other,research,States for their genealogical research,you can click on that and also see but,if I click on the Illinois State,representation there what youre going,to see is a series of newspapers not yet,identified but a series of towns within,the state of Illinois that have,newspapers contained in this database,and obviously there is the share is,Chicago so thats a big one but the nice,thing for you when youre doing your,research you may very well have,ancestors that are certainly not located,in Chicago they may be in the rural,areas of Illinois and here is a perfect,place for you to at least initially see,if a town is included in here that is of,interest to you for your research and,then you would basically click on that,town and Ill just click on DeKalb just,to see what we see and here youre going,to see what maybe for your purposes and,it does sort of look very narrow ranged,in terms of dates but as you see her a,1974 279 range not a very big range so,this may or may not be too helpful to,you,but each newspaper within a given,geographic area could have a whole,variety of different dates older dates,going back so its probably worth Wilde,again to at least see what any one of,these towns can give you so lets,actually let you see what we got for,Chicago here see as you can see the,difference here Chicago that particular,part of the database gives you a much,broader range of newspaper information,that again is worth looking at heres a,listing of all of those little various,papers with all of the variety of date,spans that would be included in the,Chicago newspaper database that you can,access,Chicago Tribune is in here its still,worth your while to look but this is at,least becoming familiar with whats,available as a resource before you even,begin your search continuing on with,that first introductory page another,thing I want to make sure you understand,is this newspaper archive com database,also includes some international papers,for you to look at maybe its not what,your research is leading you to to do,research on maybe its only on,individual states within the United,States but its also well worth knowing,whats out there I will say it is sort,of a narrow range of countries although,you know France Germany a lot of,countries that would have a big turning,tool for genealogical research,potentially United Kingdom lets just,click on that and see what we got as you,can even see here an incredibly wide,range of information available in the,United Kingdom version of whats,included in the newspapers big range but,here again as we see maybe not so much,in terms of the towns that are included,and Im just sort of browsing real quick,here and the one thing I dont see which,would interest me is the actual town,City of London so that does not seem to,be included in here bu

Untold Stories from the Coppedge Scrapbooks

all right now,i want to briefly introduce our talented,superstars of today first,is laura turner igo our curator of,american art,here at the james a michener art museum,laura are you there can you say hello,hello everyone so nice to see you all,hello laura,after laura well hear from tara kaufman,our curatorial assistant terry there,hi everyone thanks for being here and,last well hear from adrian romano my,colleague in our education department,and our leader of interpreter projects,adrian are you there,hi everybody nice to see you all,fantastic all right thats enough for me,im gonna turn it over to laura,great thanks matt,so thank you all again for being here,im like were all really excited to,talk about,coppage today um and so i wanted to,start by introducing uh the exhibition,that the scrapbooks are a part of um so,this exhibition is called friend coppage,new oh,i have the wrong title i apologize its,new discoveries,and its up until april 18th um and,youll see that it does focus on new,acquisitions which is why this older,title unfortunately snuck in,uh so this exhibition highlights some or,share some new insight about coppedge in,our work following our recent,acquisition,of four paintings by the artist and the,digitization of the fur and coppage,scrapbooks from the museums library and,archives,so who is fern coppage i know many of,you are familiar with her and her work,but she was born on her familys farm in,1883 near decatur illinois,and she studied at prestigious art,academies across the country,including the art institute of chicago,the arts student league in new york and,the pennsylvania academy of the fine,arts in philadelphia,so in 1920 coppage and her husband,robert bought a house in studio in,lumberville pennsylvania,close to cuddle cuddloso where daniel,garber,lived and she studied cobbage studied,with garber at papha,she was nationally celebrated for her,landscape paintings and she challenged,pictorial conventions with her bold,colorful compositions and here are two,of,the museums recent acquisitions of,coppage paintings,so although she initially painted in an,impressionistic manner,comparable to that of garber and other,painters that were based in,and around new hope pennsylvania she,developed her own distinctive style,following a trip to italy in the,mid-1920s,and adrians going to talk a little bit,more about that trip too and um,during her part of the presentation so,after her return from italy her,compositions became more abstracted and,two-dimensional i think this,um painting on the left kind of nicely,illustrates that,as she applied these broad strokes of,paint to delineate the regions,architecture and national,natural features and i love i love i,always really love,this painting on the left winter,landscape and especially that kind of,bright red or almost pinkish red,barn that really draws you into the,landscape,and she was recognized during her time,for her use of colors critics applauded,these glowing colors for their emotional,expression and here are two more,paintings um so these are again new app,two new acquisitions,to our collection that were just,thrilled to share with our visitors,and another big component of this,exhibition,was the digitization of the fur and,coppage scrapbooks,so we have three scrapbooks in our,librarian archives collection,and these are filled with newspaper,clippings pamphlets and other printed,material covering,coppages career from 1916 until her,death in 1951.,they can contain important information,about her exhibition history,her evolving style and critical,reception,and they were likely compiled by the,artist herself,although there are additional newspaper,clippings um about her,you know obituaries and things that were,probably obviously,probably that were added after her death,and two of these scrapbooks were donated,to the mitchner by the descendants of,architect and artist henry mcneill and,his wife chester county historian amy,juncker in the younger mcneil who were,friends of coppage,and who also inherited many examples of,her artwork,and they were first donated to the bucks,county council of the arts in 1979 and,then later in the 1990s transfer to our,collection,and i think you can see a little bit in,this image from the exhibition that,these are very fragile,fragile books the newspaper newspaper,clippings do not,last very long and theyre theyre we,wanted to,we wanted to protect them for future,generations and so,we partnered with the conservation,center for art and historic artifacts,in philadelphia to scan and digitize,them,in order to make them more accessible to,researchers and any interested parties,and matt if you dont mind,um putting the links to the scrapbooks,in the chat,to share that would be great so you can,find links to these scrapbooks,on the exhibitions webpage if you go,under onto the mixers website under,exhibitions,and fern coppers youll see them there,and you can also find them on google,arts and culture or google arts and,culture,page so you can browse the scrapbooks to,your hearts content from,your living room at home um no trip to,the archives necessary so were just so,happy to have,this available um for others to see,and so today you know were sharing,discoveries that we,each have made from the scrapbooks from,spending time with these,significant documents and when jersey,village,came to our collection and we began,researching it um,it became immediately clear that this,this painting was widely produced,in the scrapbooks um and youll see,here on the right a clipping from the,philadelphia record,um and it says across the top winning,entries in art contest,and the blur below talks about how in,one second prize or,in other instances its called a gold,medal in the painting class,in womens you know the womens,achievement competition,and youll see heres just a few more,examples it appears quite frequently in,the scrapbook this this,um this painting so here and heres,jersey village here theres a,bigger image of it here um and this is,really,whats so wonderful about the scrapbooks,as a resource as so many of her,paintings are reproduced,um in these newspaper clippings and so,you can trace the exhibition history of,um paintings in our collection and if,any,cottage collectors are out there you too,can look through the scrapbook and see,if your painting is,reproduced and also here is wow this is,jersey village here,and then also here so as i was,you know seeing this painting pop up and,the frequent mention,of winning a medal in the womens,achievement competition i naturally,wondered,what is what was the womens achievement,competition i hadnt seen that before,and,and past research i had done i i did see,that in the,um coppage exhibition catalog from our,from the exhibition of the missionaries,in the 1990s that the womens,achievement competition is mentioned but,i,i was just curious like what was that,and so i did some deep dives uh into,this competition,um looking you know through newspapers,you know online and things like that,that uh the womens achievement,competition uh was hosted by,the gimbals department store in 1932 to,celebrate its 90th anniversary,so gimbals opened in philadelphia in,1894 at ethan market street and it,joined um such illustrious stores as,wana makers,lits and straw bridges as these shopping,these,shopping palaces downtown um gibbles,featured these glittering window,displays it had chandeliers,fresh flowers mahogany counters it was,one of the first department stores to,have an escalator,and it introduced this competition and,dedicated it to,the women of america who are responsible,for the growth of the gimbal business,from the little crossroads country store,in 1842 to one of the largest mercantile,businesses of the world today,um and of course 1932 this is also you,know really during the height of the,great depression so gimbles is also,trying to,um bring in shoppers its its trying to,bring people in and also project a sense,of optimism,enticing enticing u

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