Friday, November 23, 2018

WWI / Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration - Part 4 of 4

The Blue Star Service Banner was designed and patented in 1917 by World War I Army Capt. Robert L. Queisser of the 5th Ohio Infantry. Queisser’s two sons served on the front line. His banner quickly became the unofficial symbol for parents with a child in active military service.

On Sept. 24, 1917, an Ohio congressman read the following into the Congressional Record: “The mayor of Cleveland, the Chamber of Commerce and the governor of Ohio have adopted this service flag. The world should know of those who give so much for liberty. The dearest thing in all the world to a father and mother: their children.” Blue Star Mothers and Gold Star Mothers organizations were established during World War I and remain active today.

During World War II, the Department of War issued specifications on the manufacture of the flag, as well as guidelines indicating when the service flag could be flown and by whom. The Blue Star Service Banner is an 8.5-by-14-inch white field with one or more blue stars sewn onto a red banner. The size varies but should be in proportion to the U.S. flag. Today, families display these banners when they have a loved one serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The blue star represents one family member serving, and a banner can have up to five stars. If the individual is killed or dies, a smaller golden star is placed over it. Gold stars are placed above the blue stars or to the top right of the flag, in the event a flag represents multiple servicemembers.
Blue Star Service Banners were widely used during both world wars, but were not embraced during the Korean or Vietnam wars with the same enthusiasm. The American Legion rekindled that spirit of pride in our military men and women following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by providing banners to military families across the nation.

Monday, November 5, 2018

WWI / Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration - Part 3 of 4

For those interested in more information related to the artifacts and memorabilia on display at the library, we have another display just for you!

In the Genealogy section of the library, near the bank of computers, we have curated an insightful display ready to be checked out.  Books and videos covering events from the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the sinking of the H.M.S. Lusitania to the entrance of America into the war under President Wilson and the eventual surrender of Germany.

Also included in the display are authors that served or in some way participated in the war effort or were otherwise actively writing during the war.

Don't forget to join in the discussion taking place on the centennial of Armistice Day in the library theatre at 2:00 PM, Sunday, November 11, 2018.  Please sign the guestbook as well!

Friday, October 19, 2018

WWI / Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration - Part 2 of 4

We continue to commemorate and honor the memory of those that served our country during the Great War and its ending on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918.

We would like to thank VFW Post #6477 for providing a mannequin dressed in an authentic WWI uniform for our exhibit.  This enhances our display in ways that photographs can't always do justice by showing much more details.

Speaking of photographs, thank you to everyone that furnished us with photos of their loved ones in uniform.  Taking the information provided, we were able to augment the display of these servicemen with additional documentation of their service.  Information we found included draft registration cards, passenger listings as they traveled to and from Europe documenting the ships they sailed on, and in a few instances, we discovered photographs of the actual ships.

Where did we find this treasure trove of information to help tell their stories?  We used and you can too!  Just stop by the library and use your library card (or get a guest pass) for two hours of discovery.  The information you find can be emailed to you so you have access to it at home.

You still have plenty of time to see the various displays around the library as they will be, including the mannequin, available for viewing through November 30th. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

WWI / Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration - Part 1 of 4

Two months of the commemoration of the Centennial of Armistice Day (now known more commonly as Veteran's Day) have commenced at the library!  The exhibit runs through November 30.

These photos are just a sample of a larger community project to honor those who served in the Great War, as it was known at the time.  Most items in the display cases are on loan from the Poplar Bluff Museum.  "Poppies" scattered among the artifacts and memorabilia were made by children during the crafting portion of Story Time.
Stop in to see these items and other displays located throughout the library.  Don't forget to sign the guestbook and see you soon!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Four new collections from Caruthersville Public Library

Four new collections from Caruthersville Public Library, in partnership with the State Historical  Society of Missouri, is now available, thanks to a recent Digital Imaging Grant. The Caruthersville Democrat/Democrat-Argus, Southeast Scimitar/Pemiscot Press, Hayti Critic and Hayti Pemiscot Argus served as major sources of information and news to the Pemiscot County community. The collections contain newspapers published from 1892 through 1965. (This project was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library.)

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Library Honors Wolpers Family For Outstanding Library Support

The Library Board of Trustees dedicated the conference room at the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library at a private reception on Tuesday, June 19th in honor of the Wolpers Family who have given more than 70 years of support and service to the library. 
The ceremony recognized the Wolpers Family as good citizens of their town, county, and state by being long-time defenders of Constitutional values and First Amendment rights as newspaper publishers, journalists, and avid library supporters.  Today, as in generations past, the family stands to protect civil liberties for all citizens and works to preserve and improve the quality of life in their communities. The Wolpers Family have served on local, regional, and state boards which have included the University of Missouri Trustees, Missouri Department of Conservation, the Chamber of Commerce, and other local governing boards.  As remarked by board president, Christy Turner, during the unveiling of the plaque, “No one could find a better model of good citizenship.”
Resolutions from Speaker Todd Richardson, Missouri House of Representatives, Senator Doug Libla, Missouri Senate, the Honorable Steve Davis, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Poplar Bluff, and Mrs. Christy Turner, Library Board President were presented at the ceremony.
The Wolpers Family Board Room plaque was unveiled by Lucy Wolpers, daughter of Jim and Joella Wolpers.  Mr. John Stanard as the Wolpers Family representative delivered the closing remarks.