Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

1913, Keppler & Schwarzmann
If you are enjoying a respite from work on this Memorial Day, take time to reflect on the history of the holiday. The Library of Congress is a good place to start.  It may be called "Library of Congress," but it is our Congress and our library. It is the largest library in the world with a vast collection of digitized materials. 

Begin at their web page Today in History: May 30, where you can see, read, and play (if you are able) the sights, words, and songs of Memorial Days past. The sheet music below is courtesy of Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and dates from 1870. 

Soldier's memorial day Perkins, W. O. (William Oscar), 1831-1902, composer. Slade, Mary B. C., lyricist. Published: Boston Oliver Ditson & Co. 1870 Description: 5 pages

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