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This month, three collections are featured on the OCLC website: Carnation Festival on Alliance Memory, James Wood Digital Collection and Chinese Material Culture Collection.
Rodman Public Library
The Carnation Festival began in 1960 and is greatly anticipated each year by residents of the greater Alliance community in Ohio. This collection features photographs from past parades and events of the festival that celebrates Alliance as the Carnation City.
In the early years of the parade, the route began at Mount Union Square (East State Street), turned north on South Union Avenue, turned east on East Main Street, and ended at Arch Avenue. These were evening parades, usually beginning at 5:00 or 5:30 p.m.
As the Alliance Days in the Park event became more popular, the parade time was shifted to 3:00 p.m. in 1981 and today is 11:00 a.m. Also, in 1981, the parade route was changed to begin on West State Street and Fernwood Avenue and end at Union Avenue and Main Street. Today, the parade ends at Broadway Street.
Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library and Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
The James Wood Digital Collection includes selected items from the Wood family materials held by the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives. The main part of the collection is handwritten correspondence, financial records, surveys and plats, and other business, legal, and personal materials of Col. James Wood and other members of the Wood family. The collection extends from the 1730s to the late 1800s. James Wood (1707-1759) emigrated to Virginia from Britain. In 1738, he built a house that would come to be the family home, known as "Glen Burnie." Later, Wood was a colonel in the Frederick County Militia and served with Colonel George Washington in the 1754 campaign against the French.
James Wood, Jr. (1741-1813) was deputy surveyor of Frederick County and represented the county in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1766 to 1776 and in the Virginia Constitutional Convention in 1776. He served as governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1796 to 1799. Wood negotiated the Treaty of Fort Pitt with the Shawnee Indians in 1775, making possible the successful expedition of General George Rogers Clark. He fought in the Revolutionary War as a colonel, commanding the Virginia Regiment at the Battle of Brandywine; later, he was a Brigadier-General of Virginia troops. James Wood, Jr. married Jean Moncure in 1775. They had no children.
Chinese Material Culture Collection
Southern Oregon University
This collection contains images of a variety of artifacts commonly found on archaeological sites and in museums documenting the Chinese migrant diaspora from the mid-19th through the early 20th century. The assemblage highlights artifacts from Chinese communities in Oregon and California in an effort to promote education and greater understanding of the role Chinese migrants played in the settlement and development of the American West.
For more than 50 years, archaeologists have been working on sites associated with Chinese participation in the gold fields, railroad construction and maintenance, agriculture, logging industry, fisheries and canneries, and urban settlements. This collection was created as a means to standardize terminology, aid in artifact identification, and provide accurate information about the manufacture and function of a variety of everyday items used in early Chinese communities in the West.
This collection was made possible through a partnership between the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology and Hannon Library, and PAR Environmental Services, Inc.
This project was funded in part by the Jacksonville Friends of the Library.