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Detecting the West

Have you ever wondered where the term “private eye” came from?  Well, you can thank Mr. Pinkerton for that. Allan Pinkerton that is, of Pinkerton National Detective Agency fame. Mr. Pinkerton, along with his brother, started the first private detective agency in the United States way back in 1850. Pinkerton was a barrel maker by trade and a very successful one at that. Just how he got into the detective business is a story worth knowing. Furthermore, his Agency is still in operation today and many of his methods of detection and crime solving are still being used. The Pinkerton Detective Agency played a role in capturing or eliminating many of the criminals of the 19th century, among them, Jesse James, Butch Cassidy, the Wild Bunch, and others. He was a friend to President Lincoln and foiled an early assignation attempt. He organized a spy ring to infiltrate the Confederate Army and obtain vital wartime information.

Evelyn Meador - A First Look Inside

This week the Friends of Evelyn Meador and the librarians got their first look inside the new building. It's not finished yet, but it's coming along rather nicely, don't you think?

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The Friends of the Evelyn Meador Library get their first look inside. The excitement is running high.

Ms. Pearson scopes out the upcoming Teen Zone and Game Room.

Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in Seabrook

dinnerThe Friends of the Evelyn Meador Library invite you to attend their Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at the Bay Elementary School cafeteria on Friday, January 28, 2011 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.  This annual dinner is hosted by Angelo’s Pizza & Pasta Restaurant and all proceeds benefit the new Evelyn Meador Library.

auctionIn addition to a wonderful spaghetti dinner, there will be a silent auction featuring exciting items donated by generous local businesses and organizations such as Lakewood Yacht Club, Wells Fargo Bank, Hooters, Angel Cuts and others.

 

Evelyn Meador Progress Report, Early January, 2011

The pictures say it all, I think.

From the front.

From the back.

From the side.

 

 

 

Alternative Histories of the West

Alternate history is a genre that blends elements of science fiction, fantasy and history into a 'what if' scenario that explores the implications of a different outcome in a particular historical event. The stories asks questions like, "where would we be if Germany had won the second world war?" Or perhaps, "what would the world be like now if electricity had not been discovered and we relied on steam power for all our needs?" Over the last couple of decades this genre has come into its own gaining new fans and attacting some excellent writers. In the last few years, the Old West has become the subject of focus for some very unusual alternative history stories.

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Rounding Up the West 2010

In spite of what the critics say (that westerns are dead) good stories are still being published every year. Here are some titles published in 2010 worth putting in your saddlebag. You'll find some familiar names as well as some new ones on the list. They run the gamut from straight-up westerns to historical romances to tales of the modern west. This is not a comprehensive selection, but it's a good place to start. You can take what you like and leave the rest.

For more details on any title below, just click on the picture.

Brickwork Taking Shape at Evelyn Meador

The brick veneer on the outside of the library is almost complete. Several different styles of brick are being used. I think this gives the building a very distintive look. I can't wait to see the finished product!

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What a great way to end 2010!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas With a Western Flavor

If you love Christmas like most of us do, but prefer a little western flavoring, here are some titles that might help you get into the spirit of the season.

Room With a View Too

A few days ago Ms. Pearson and I were able to get our first look at the new building from the inside out. Here are a couple of photos you might enjoy. How about that view of the park?!

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That hanging circular metal frame in the center of the picture is for the lighting over the children's information desk.

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This picture is a bit dark, but it gives you a good idea of the view.

Where the Wild West Still Lives On

They may not riding horses and they may not be fighting indians, but the job of the men and women of the United States Border Patrol seems mighty close that of the peacekeepers of the Old West. From drug dealers and terrorists to illegal immigrants, the Border Patrol gets it all. In Desert Duty: on the line with the U. S. border patrol, we get a candid in-your-face look at what it takes to be a part of this unique team. The authors, Bill Broyles and Mark Haynes call this duty a 'hero job', and once you read what these people have to deal with, you'll understand why.

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