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Travel Tuesday: Willits

August 4th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Willits, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1949.

Delong's Motel, Willits, Calif., 1949

Delong’s Motel, Willits, Calif., 1949

Music Monday: That Wolverton Rag

August 3rd, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s Music Monday feature is a recently cataloged item, That Wolverton Rag, from the Sheet Music Collection. The piece was written expressly for the Sacramento Coast League baseball team by Clay W. Chipman and the cover features a photograph of Harry Wolverton, who was manager of the Sacramento Solons, during 1913-1914.

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PPIE Centennial: Quaker Oats Company’s exhibit

July 31st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Here is this week’s post in our Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) centennial series. This image is from our Panama Pacific International Exposition Collection.

Quaker Oats Company’s exhibit at the PPIE, 1915.

Quaker Oats Company’s exhibit at the PPIE, 1915.

Gerome presents our oldest item

July 31st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week Gerome has decided to highlight our oldest item, a clay tablet from Sumeria, circa 1974 B.C. The cuneiform inscription is an administrative text written during the Third Dynasty of Ur at Umma, which was at the center of a large agricultural district in southern Mesopotamia. The text orders the hiring of persons to perform agricultural work on the fields belonging to the temple of Shara, the chief god of Umma.

Gerome with cuneiform

Gerome with cuneiform

Travel Tuesday: Westwood

July 28th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Westwood, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1947.

Blue Ox Inn, Westwood, Calif., 1947.

Blue Ox Inn, Westwood, Calif., 1947.

Music Monday: Let’s Be Kids Again

July 27th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s Music Monday feature is Let’s Be Kids Again from the Christopher A. Reynolds Collection of Women Song. This piece of sheet music was digitized through the Library’s Google Book Digitization Project. You can view the online version via the catalog record.

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Travel Tuesday: Weed

July 21st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Weed, California. The images below are from our Eastman Originals Collection.

Mt. Shasta from the Weed Hotel, Weed, Calif., 1943.

Mt. Shasta from the Weed Hotel, Weed, Calif., 1943.

Deer Mountain Lodge, Weed, Calif., 1958.

Deer Mountain Lodge, Weed, Calif., 1958.

"Log Cabin Hotel," Weed, Calif., 1941.

“Log Cabin Hotel,” Weed, Calif., 1941.

Music Monday: I’m Lonesome For the Wholesome Little Town Where I was Born

July 20th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s Music Monday feature is I’m Lonesome For the Wholesome Little Town Where I was Born from the Christopher A. Reynolds Collection of Women Song. This piece of sheet music was digitized through the Library’s Google Book Digitization Project. You can view the online version via the catalog record.

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Gerome highlights the book, Around the World on a Bicycle

July 17th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

With the Tour de France in full swing, Gerome has cycling on his mind. So, this week’s highlight is Around the World on a Bicycle (1889) by Thomas Stevens. This two volume work details Stevens  journey as the first person to ride around the world on a bicycle.

His trip, which began in San Francisco on April 22, 1884, included a stop in Davisville (now Davis). Here’s what he said: “Already I realize that there is going to be as much “foot-riding” as anything for the first part of my journey; so while halting for dinner at the village of Davisville, I deliver my rather slight shoes over to the tender mercies of an Irish cobbler of the old school with carte blanche instructions to fit them out for hard service.”

Nearly four months later, Stevens arrived in Boston on August 4, 1884. After spending the winter of 1884-1885 in New York, he embarked to Liverpool on April 9, 1885 to continue his trip.

If you are interested to know more about Stevens journey, including what happened during his travels through Europe and Asia, you can read Volume 1 and Volume 2 at the HathiTrust Digital Library.

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Travel Tuesday: Weaverville

July 14th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Weaverville, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1948.

Weaverville Hotel, Weaverville, Calif., 1948.

Weaverville Hotel, Weaverville, Calif., 1948.