Posts by Anne:
I first read an article about Howard England and how Admiral Brush, Commander of the Naval Base, in response to a question from Action Line in the Miami Herald “What happened to Fort Taylor?” sent Howard to find the answer. Howard was a Civil Service architect in the Public Works Department of the Naval Station and the Navy’s expert on local history.
He found Fort Taylor covered with sand and material from the property disposal department (a fancy military word for junkyard). He was able to answer the newspaper’s question but …
The Library’s collection of downloadable eBooks for kids just grew larger. Perfect for travel, the beach, or extra innings of big sib’s game, these books won’t get lost, ripped, wet, or chewed up. Titles may be downloaded to iPads, Kindles, even smartphones and are yours (and theirs) for up to 2 weeks. Then they return themselves…Sweet.
The new Kids eBook portal is easier to navigate with larger book covers, subject headings, even reading levels to discover that perfect eBook. Grownups can feel confident that eBooks from this site are all kid-friendly.
Saturday, August 16th is officially Howard S. England Day in Key West. One of our finest citizens, Mr. England (1914-1999) was passionate about historical preservation and is considered the “Father of Ft. Zach.” He also created an amazing collection of gingerbread tracings that are in our library archives. Happily, they are all digitized and available online.
Photographs, scrapbooks, family records, newspapers… how do you protect your precious family treasures? This is the time of year to make sure your archives will last to tell your family’s personal history.
Disaster could strike anytime–we’ve heard tragic stories of family keepsakes lost due to a busted water heater–so act now to protect your precious things.
We’re just a little excited that this photo from the library’s archives is featured in the July 2014 issue of National Geographic. If you subscribe to NatGeo, take a look on page 105. You can also read the story and view the photo gallery here.
Library photographs have also found their way into Newsweek, Nature, and Smithsonian magazines, as well as a permanent display at the Smithsonian’s Ocean Hall. Click here to stroll through our entire online gallery.