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WITNESSING HISTORY PROJECT
Witnessing History Project
As we live through this unique period of our shared history, where schools, businesses, and cultural centers are closed, and citizens are asked to stay home while essential workers continue to serve our communities, we must remember to preserve and document this moment for a broader understanding of how COVID-19 has affected communities and families throughout our region for future generations.
Our local history librarian Matt thought the “Witnessing History Project,” facilitated by Orange-Ulster BOCES presents K-12 students with a unique way to share their stories as part of an ongoing archive of first-person accounts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Hudson Valley.
You can learn more about this resource by going to our new “Citizen Historian” page on our Local History Guide. Here you can view additional local, and national history programs you can participate in!
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Gale OneFile Health & Medicine free with your library card
Delve the Databases!
We frequently hear recommendations to wash our hands thoroughly and often. That’s because scientific studies repeatedly conclude that proper handwashing is one of the most effective ways to improve public health.
Even if people did nothing else to prevent the spread of infection, proper handwashing can help reduce the risk of infection of influenza-like diseases by 50%.
Remember that proper handwashing lasts for at least 30 seconds to give the soap an opportunity to destroy germs and viruses, as well as reaching all parts of the hands including under the fingernails, the thumbs, and the wrists.
Explore the science behind handwashing and other valuable insights into public health with our Gale: Health and Medicine database, free with your library card!
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Apollo 13 returned to Earth
APOLLO 13: HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM
with NASA Ambassador John Fontana via Zoom on Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 PM
Those five words signaled a problem that could have had catastrophic consequences for astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert. They were about 200,000 miles from Earth (which turned out to be a good thing). But thanks to brilliant teamwork, brilliant and creative NASA personnel, and a lot of luck this ended as “NASA’s Finest Hour.”
Join local NASA Ambassador John Fontana for a look at this inspiring story of how three astronauts and a team of NASA Scientists were able to overcome the impossible to return the team safely home to Earth!
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HISTORIC POSTCARD JIGSAW PUZZLES
St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Washingtonville, NY
Head over to our Games and Home Activities section of our Local History Guide for this week’s historic postcard jigsaw puzzle!
Established in 1902, Saint Mary’s Catholic Church started as a small parish on the site of what is now Walden Savings Bank on East Main Street. This circa 1915 postcard shows the church after it was moved to its present location and expanded to fit an increased congregation. Although the church has since been replaced by an even larger building, the original bell is still on view outside of the present church.
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JSTOR Daily Free Digital Library of Scholarship
DELVE THE DATABASES!
Taking a walk through nature is one of the best and easiest ways to relax and improve your mood. Continue last week’s Earth Day spirit by exploring the “biophilia hypothesis” or humans’ natural fondness and affinity for nature.
Visit JSTOR Daily, free to the public, to see how JSTOR’s rich digital library of scholarship can help contextualize and illuminate the world around us.
Go outside and enjoy the springtime – just remember to be responsible and respect social distancing!
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Members of the Washingtonville Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Monell Firehouse decorated for a Liberty Bond Parade, circa 1918
Washingtonville Fire House decorated to commemorate essential workers on April 19, 2020
WASHINGTONVILLE YESTERDAY & TODAY
As our community comes together in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is worth noting how our community was affected by two global events that took place over 100 years ago. On February 26, 1919, Blooming Grove resident Marcus C. Sears wrote to David Hudson, who was serving on the Western Front of the First World War:
“I have been shut in with the influenza & pneumonia since Christmas & have been thinking more about friends & my old group of boys who used to meet so often with Mr. Wilcox & me. I have been down stairs for a week but have not been out doors for 2 months. A great many have been sick about here from the influenza & many of the younger people have died. The influenza has taken many many more from this community than the war and the toll throughout the nation has been greater than the American Casualties in France. “
However, as the 1918 Flu pandemic took many lives at home, others in our community came together to provide aid and comfort to those affected at home and abroad during the First World War. In this series of articles, originally published in 2017, join our Local History Librarian Matt as we learn how our area reacted to the shocks of these major events!