Posts filed under ‘Non-Fiction’
Greetings to all you folks who still like CDs! I’m still buying vinyl and occasionally shellac, so I understand.
We have some new titles in this week:
Chromatics- Kill for Love
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti- Mature Themes
An Epic No Less-Echo of Love
Sollee, Ben-Half Made Man
White, Mathew E-Big Inner
Pantha Du Prince-Elements of Light
Cry Out To Jesus (compilation)
Skyzoo-A Dream Deferred
Gabriel, Juan- Celebrando
I’m especially excited about that John Hartford compilation. As a fan of “newgrass” (a combination of tradtional bluegrass,rock and jazz that Aereo Plain helped foster), this quote from Sam Bush puts it into perspective, “Without Aereo-plain, there would be no ‘newgrass’ music.” Do yourself a favor-go out and hear Denton’s own Boxcar Bandits to get a taste of where he led us.
The Emily Fowler Library will present a free Census Genealogy Research Class on February 23rd, from 3-5pm. The US Census is an invaluable resource for genealogy research and there helpful tips and tricks for navigating the forms. There are idiosyncrasies as well, which we will discuss. To register, call 940-349-6813.
This coming Thursday, January 24th, 2013, The Denton County Courthouse Museum will present a program about a little-known part of Denton County history. Please read the following for more information:
Christmas in Icaria
a film by Daniel Garcia and Aurelio Medina
Brought to you
by the Denton County Office of History and Culture
with a short presentation on New Icaria
by Mike Cochran
at 12:15 PM, Jan. 24
in the Commissioners Courtroom -
Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.
The film is the work of Spanish filmmakers Daniel Garcia and Aurelio Medina, who traveled to Denton County to make a film about New Icaria, the French communist experiment which tried to settle near present day Justin, Texas in 1848. The film makers interviewed a few locals, among them, Bill Marquis of Stony, Texas and a descendant of the colonists.
Etienne Cabet, the founder of the Icarian movement in France was a visionary, communist, author, journalist and rabble rouser during the tumultuous times after the French Revolution. He envisioned a perfect world, a utopia, based on equality for all citizens, and at the height of his popularity, he had tens of thousands of followers in France. In 1848 he decided to make his utopian vision a reality and he decided to build it in Justin, Texas. What could possibly go wrong?
The film will be introduced by local historian, Mike Cochran, who will present a short lecture on the New Icarian colony and the Icarian movement.
The program will be offered Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. Handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.
The Special Collections Department at the Emily Fowler Library will present a class on using the genealogy databases we subscribe to such as Ancestry.com and Family Search as well as the indexes and local history resources we have available on our homepage. The class will be held Saturday December 1st, 2012 from 3:00pm-5:00pm at the Fowler Library.
With so much genealogy information being added daily to these and other databases, knowledge of efficient search strategies, techniques, and learning what each has to offer make your research faster and more enjoyable.
This class is free but registration is required. Please call (940) 349- 6814 or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information.
The Denton Courthouse on the Square will host a photography exhibition of the work of local historian and former city councilmember Mike Cochran entitled “Neon Cowboys and Pink Ladies” from Oct 16th to December 31th. This is a collection of photographs of neon signs in the Southwest in the 1970′s. I’m anxious to see this because I have an “old sign” fetish myself and find it nearly impossible to pass one wherever I see one without taking a picture.
Along those lines, we have the following titles at the Denton Public Library that might whet the appetite:
In my research for someone unrelated in the old Denton High Bronco yearbooks circa 1962, I came across the following photo of one “Steve Fromholz”…
I figured it had to be the singer-songwriter because it fit the era and that name is kinda unusual. The next one is pretty sweet:
Which led my brain to vaguely remember a picture of him at NTSU. Sure enough, here he is in the 1964 Yucca yearbook with the more well-known Michael Martin Murphy singing an old appalacian tune that the Stanley Brothers recorded and Ralph Stanley made hugely popular about a decade ago thanks to the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack and movie.
Some kind of unbroken circle, what with the resurgence of folk-influenced music of current Denton bands such as Hares on the Mountain. The so-called “folk craze” of the early ’60s swept many a college campus but, I don’t know how many could say in retrospect that they had two very fine musicians in the making. You can read about Steve here and Michael here and about the Folk Music Club at North Texas State here.
The Emily Fowler Library Special Collections Dept. will be presenting a class on Online Genealogy research and resources this coming Saturday, May 5th at 10am. Join us for this informative program about how to get the most out of your genealogy research using online resources. This class is free as always but, please call (940) 349-8752 to register.
We have some ancient postcards here in the Special Collections Department that you might enjoy seeing. Two of the buildings depicted are gone, the others are still in existence, albeit altered physically or their names have been changed perhaps. You’ll notice that some of the postcards have names on them, but no addresses. I’ll let you figure out which one’s are gone and where and what the others are. Some are easy, a couple-not so much. Click on the picture for full view and write your guesses/answers in the “reply” box at the end of this blog post. Ready, Set….Go!