Best of the Readex Blog: A 2010 Sampler

In 2010 our 20 bloggers combined for more than 70 posts on a wide-range of topics related to the use of digital resources for historical research. Did you miss any of these during the past year? 

The United Nations as Teacher by Ed Beckwith

A Future That Never Arrived by Bruce Coggeshall

Best of the Readex Blog: A 2010 Sampler

Washington Crosses the Delaware River: A Unique Christmas Tradition

Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851) by American painter Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze (Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art)

No Christmas celebration would be complete without Santa Claus, carols and George Washington. Wait, George Washington? What does he have to do with Christmas, you might ask? Well, quite a bit if you live near the site where General George Washington and his soldiers crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night in 1776. Each year at Pennsylvania’s Washington Crossing Historic Park, a group of dedicated Revolutionary War re-enactors and history enthusiasts gather to recreate Washington’s famous Christmas-night river crossing. The participants brave the cold dressed in authentic reproduction clothing and use replicas of the same kind of boats Washington and his men would have used. This year will mark the 234th anniversary of their daring crossing and pivotal victory the next day at the Battle of Trenton.

Washington Crosses the Delaware River: A Unique Christmas Tradition

An Undergraduate's Reflections on Original American History Research: How Online Access to Historical Newspapers Helped Prepare an Award-Winning Tea Party Study

 [This post by David Brooks, a recent graduate of Taylor University, first appeared in the November 2010 issue of The Readex Report.]

An Undergraduate's Reflections on Original American History Research: How Online Access to Historical Newspapers Helped Prepare an Award-Winning Tea Party Study

A Light on Past Lives: The Illuminating Effects of Electronic Resources on Biographical Research

[This post by James McGrath Morris, author of Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power (HarperCollins, 2010), first appeared in the November 2010 issue of The Readex Report.]

A Light on Past Lives: The Illuminating Effects of Electronic Resources on Biographical Research

Explore Our Newest Resources at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference

Learn more about new Readex collections for 2011, including African American Periodicals from the Wisconsin Historical Society, 1825-1970, by visiting us next month in San Diego at NewsBank booth 2432. To explore the recently released resources below, please either stop by our booth or email us today at sales@readex.com. New in 2010 America’s Historical Imprints, 1639-1900 Now supplemented with 2,000 documents from the Library Company of Philadelphia, this single new interface for five related collections features over 100,000 early American books, pamphlets and other rare printed materials. FBIS Daily Report Annexes, 1974-1996
Explore Our Newest Resources at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference

The End of an Era: The Final Voyage of Space Shuttle Discovery

The 1988 return to flight launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery (Source: NASA Images)

The highly anticipated launch of space shuttle Discovery later this month will mark the beginning of an end. The United States’ era of launching manned space vehicles is almost over, or, at least, nearing a lengthy pause.  Following the final Discovery launch, only one remaining shuttle mission is planned. After that, government funding looks likely—but not definite—for one more launch.  Once the space shuttles are retired, the U.S. will relinquish its position as one of three countries with manned flight capability; only China and Russia will continue to have the capability to launch manned space vehicles.  The shuttle program kicked off a novel concept in space flight: reusable space vehicles. No longer would single-use rockets carry man and machinery into the final frontier. Instead, a craft capable of take off (albeit propelled by external fuel tanks), maneuverability in space, and re-entry and landing would revolutionize the industry. 

The End of an Era: The Final Voyage of Space Shuttle Discovery

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