Johnstown Flood Pictures


Here are some photos from the Johnstown Flood Museum, borrowed from the Library of Congress, to give you an idea of the devastation.


David McCullough Interview

I could not find an interview from 1968, the year the book was published, with McCullough talking about the book. Nor have I found anything of him recently talking about the book. Instead, here’s a video from The Kalb Report interviewing McCullough.

WWI Overview

Here’s a great video that summarizes WWI from Ferdinand’s assassination all the way to the end.

Franz Ferdinand in Bosnia

Here are some pictures from Getty Images of a 100 year anniversary remembrance of WWI in Sarajevo. 

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Hellidon Windows

On page 4 Butcher describes a stained glass window memorial at St. John the Baptist in Hellidon. I emailed that church and they kindly responded with pictures!


Ta-Nehisi Coates Interview

August’s Book: Between the World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coats


This month I’m encouraging you to listen to the audiobook version of the book. If you choose to read over listen to the book, that is fine. The discussion will be August 28. If you have a friend who wants to join the discussion they can pick up a copy at the circulation desk.

Reactions to Hillbilly Elegy

Here are some reactions from a few people who identify as ‘hillbillies’ and more established media members responding to Vance’s book.

R. Mike Burr: The Self-Serving Hustle of “Hillbilly Elegy”

Aaron M. Renn: Culture, Circumstance, and Agency: Reflections on Hillbilly Elegy

G.W. Para: Hillbilly Fallacy

Elizabeth Catte: For the good of the poor and common people: What Hillbilly Elegy gets wrong about Appalachia’s working class

Mona Charen: What Hillbilly Elegy Reveals About Trump and America

Hillbilly Migration

One of the things brought up by Vance is about the ‘Hillbilly Migration’ from Kentucky to other states through Rt. 23. Here are some articles about that migration, one of which is about that migration to Chicago’s neighborhood of Uptown.

Chicago Mag: Chicago’s Hillbilly Problem During the Great Migration

NewCity: Hillbilly Heaven: Chicago’s Other Migration fro the South

Chicago Reader: Norma Lee Browning Vs. The Hillbillies Where the Hillbilly Highway Ends

Forbes: Rust-Belt Cities And Moving To Opportunity: It’s Time To Get Back On The ‘Hillbilly Highway’

L.A. Times: Urban Appalachians Find Pride in Hillbilly Heritage

How A Casino Works

You’ve seen casinos in the movies: mob-run joints with tough pit bosses, friendly dealers and attractive waitresses serving drinks. But how does an actual casino operate? Who runs the floor? How do they catch cheaters? How do they make money? How far back do casinos go in history? Check out this article to find out: 

Also in that link is a link to a podcast called “Stuff You Should Know” that goes into how online gambling works

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