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Curator’s Spotlight: Abraham Lincoln & Titanic Aniversary. Original Schindler’s List FOUND April 15, 2009

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April 15 is not the favorite day of your average American, unless it is your birthday and then it must suck to have your birthday on tax day.
Who wants to go out with you for drinks because they are most likely filing their 1040 or in a bad mood because they had to write a check to Uncle Sam.
Historically April 15 has never been a good day for Americans.
On April 15, 1865, Lincoln died of his gunshot wound at 7:22 a.m. at the Petersen boarding house, across the street from Ford’s Theater.

This year marked the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birthday. On this the anniversary of his assassination, let us continue to honor his memory by never forgetting that he stood for freedom and democracy. Everyone has the right to be free. The right to public assembly. Yes, MSM EVEN CONSERVATIVES. We can protest too and the “tea parties” prove. I think Abraham Lincoln would have been proud of his country today.

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"Celebrate 200" Commemorative Postcards at Chicago History Museum

Also on April 15, in 1912, the Titanic passenger steamship, headed from England to New York on its maiden voyage, struck an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic. There are many great archival resources out there about the Titanic but I believe the best are in the possession of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Hear are some highlights from their collection of Titanic documents, ephemera and memorabilia.

Daily Memorandum from the Hydrographic Office Reporting Titanic Disaster: 04/15/1912 . Courtesy of NARA's Northeast Region (New York City), New York, NY

Daily Memorandum from the Hydrographic Office Reporting Titanic Disaster: 04/15/1912 . Courtesy of NARA's Northeast Region (New York City), New York, NY

Baggage Claim Coupon from the Titanic: 04/10/1912 NARA's Northeast Region (New York City), New York, NY

Baggage Claim Coupon from the Titanic: 04/10/1912 NARA's Northeast Region (New York City), New York, NY

It was also announced last week that the Original Schindler’s List has been discovered by curators looking through boxes of old papers in the vaults of the State Library of New South Wales. The list names 801 Jews saved from the Holocaust by German industrialist Oskar Schindler. This is the height of historical significance. The list was found between newspaper clippings in boxes of Australian author Thomas Keneally’s manuscript material.

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Please visit your local historical society or NARA regional facility. Archives are great. Don’t just read a book. Look at the real stuff of history and write one!!!

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One Response to “Curator’s Spotlight: Abraham Lincoln & Titanic Aniversary. Original Schindler’s List FOUND”

  1. boldandbald Says:

    When the movie ‘Schindler’s List’ came out I went and saw it in the theater. I walked out saying that it was one of the best movies I had ever seen and I will never watch it again. I found it that disturbing. And, in fact, I haven’t seen it again. Perhaps it is time. The holocaust is something that can never be forgotten, or we are doomed to repeat it.

    As for Lincoln, I think he would be proud of the people in this country. But the media and the government? Not so much.


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