history

My Next Vacation

The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval EnglandMany people come into the library to check out travel guides for their next vacation destination.  How about instead of getting a guide to Maui or Paris, check out The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by

Genealogy Never Looked So Cool

Who Do You Think You Are?I admit it: I’m addicted to genealogy.  So, there was no way I was going to miss the new TV show Who Do You Think You Are?  No way!  It’s a polished, moving series of episodes featuring stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Spike Lee, Brooke Shields, and others discovering their heritage.  Along the way you get an inside view of American history (as well as other countries) putting faces to the stories.  If you’re new to researching your family, check out the new companion book to the series by Megan Smolenyak, the chief family his

A Little Texas History

Historical Roadside Marker

You've seen them all over the roads of Texas. Those rectangular aluminum markers standing sentry beside highways, country roads, and tourist destinations. A treasury of Texas history is engraved upon them. They recount the history of important buildings, influential people, dramatic events, and local legends.

The state of Texas began placing the markers in the late 1930s. The modern program, currently run by the Texas Historical Commission, began in 1962. Today, you can find more than 13,000 markers throughout the state.

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