Minerd.com’s Recommended News Stories and Blog Posts Since May 2017

As the year winds down, here’s my list of favorite news articles and blog posts since May, which initially were posted on my award-winning website, Minerd.com. These stories have some connection to my favorite themes of Americana, culture, art, journalism, genealogy … and regional Pittsburgh, the epicenter of our family’s growth and development since 1791.

In our uber-fast-paced society today, with seemingly unprecedented opportunity to shape our own lives and destinies, we still seem to live in the shadow of history, with current events somehow shaped by people of the past.

From Two Scholars, African-American Folk Tales for the Next Generation” – New York Times, Dec. 15, 2017
Stuffed in the stacks no more? IUP’s library needs to purge” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 2, 2017
Declaration of Independence Sells for $1.8 Million” – Rare Book Hub, December 2017
Are Digital Files Better Than Books? Think Again!” – Rare Book Hub, December 2017
Where Have All the Copies of Robert Burns’ First Book Gone? – Here is the Long Answer” – Rare Book Hub, December 2017
One for the books: How Pitt’s Hillman Library is preparing for the future” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 26, 2017
Chris Wallace: Journalists crossing the line” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 20, 2017
Who betrayed Anne Frank? Retired FBI agent heads team trying to solve mystery” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 19, 2017
Martin Luther’s 95 Theses explained, in 95 parts” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 29, 2017
How William R. Jones might have changed the course of history that led to the Battle of Homestead” – by Ellie Wymard, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 29, 2017
Heavenly hosting: Pittsburgh institutions helped digitize the archives of the late English Cardinal” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 17, 2017
Birthplace of an industry: Study focuses on ‘little corner of Pennsylvania’ and its role in coal, coke businesses” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 6, 2017
Steelers, NFL Trying to Deal with Anthem Controversy” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 1, 2017
California Rescinds Application of Hated Autograph Law to Booksellers” – Rare Book Monthly, October 2017
William R. Cagle, Former Lilly Librarian” – Rare Book Monthly, October 2017
Archive of Author Michael Ondaatje Acquired by UT Austin’s Harry Ransom Center” – Fine Books & Collections, Sept. 26, 2017
Original German Street Names May Return to Cincinnati” – Family Tree Magazine, Sept. 24, 2017
Frederick Wiseman delivers an ode to knowledge in ‘Ex Libris: The New York Public Library’” – Los Angeles Times, Sept. 21, 2017
Battle Over Confederate Monuments Moves to the Cemeteries” – New York Times, Sept. 21, 2017
Collecting Dr. Johnson” – Fine Books & Collections, Sept. 21, 2017
We’re still fighting, more than 150 years after Appomattox” – Associated Press, Sept. 2, 2017

Library of Congress Puts Alexander Hamilton Papers Online” – Fine Books & Collections, Aug. 29, 2017

First editions and lasting treasures: how to be a book collector” – The Irish Times, Aug. 26, 2017

My Life and Legacy” – by Gary Vaynerchuk, garyvaynerchuk.com

Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis” – Associated Press, Aug. 20, 2017

Found: Oldest Known Photo of a U.S. President (Socks and All)” – New York Times, Aug. 16, 2017

Slave Quarters Unearthed in Jefferson’s Manson” – CNN.com, July 5, 2017

University of Virginia plans a large memorial commemorating thousands of enslaved people who worked there” – Washington Post, June 9, 2017

The New Normal of Relationship Overload” – ThriveGlobal.com, May 25, 2017

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