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Thomas Alva Edison #KeeperoftheDay

Thomas Alva Edison #KeeperoftheDay

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#KeeperoftheDay – Thomas Alva Edison, born this day in 1847.

Look around your daily life. There’s a little piece of Thomas Edison almost everywhere. Your desk lamp. That x-ray you got when you broke your arm. The battery in your car. The movie you saw last night. The recording of this story that you’re about to hear… Listen to The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Thomas Alva Edison.

Library Bytegeist #KeeperoftheDay

Library Bytegeist #KeeperoftheDay

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Our latest podcast episode, The Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System, is a collaboration with another podcast, Library Bytegeist, “a collection of stories from the front lines and fringes of libraries,” hosted by Molly Schwartz and brought to you by the Metropolitan New York Library Council.

Take a listen to our collaboration:

And here’s an episode featuring Sister Nikki:

The Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System #KeeperoftheDay

The Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System #KeeperoftheDay

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This week on The Kitchen Sisters Present… podcast, we take a look at the Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System…

Melvil Dewey, the father of library science and the inventor of the most popular library classification system in the world, was a known racist and serial sexual harasser. Forced out of the American Library Association, which he co-founded, his 19th century worldview and biases are reflected in the classification system that libraries around the world have inherited.

Molly Schwartz of the Metropolitan New York Library Council and producer of the podcast Library Bytegeist visits Bard High School Early College in Queens to find out about how students there are rebelling against the Dewey Decimal System. She also talks with Greg Cotton (Cornell College), Barbara Fister (Gustavus Adolphus College), and Dorothy Berry (Umbra Search Project).

Georgia Gilmore & the Club from Nowhere #KeeperoftheDay

Georgia Gilmore & the Club from Nowhere #KeeperoftheDay

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#KeeperoftheDay – Georgia Gilmore & the Club from Nowhere

In honor of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, we reprise the story of Georgia Gilmore and her secret civil rights kitchen.

In the 1950s, a group of Montgomery, Alabama women baked goods to help fund the Montgomery bus boycott. Known as the Club from Nowhere the group was led by Georgia Gilmore, one of the unsung heroes of the civil rights era.

William R. Ferris Collection #KeeperoftheDay

William R. Ferris Collection #KeeperoftheDay

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William Ferris grew up on a farm in Warren County, Mississippi in the 1940s and 50s. The Ferris family, the only white family on the farm, worked side by side with African Americans in the fields. As a teenager he began documenting his neighbors’ lives, the Sunday gospel singers at Rose Hill Church, the blues musicians living near the home — including the soon-to-be well-known Mississippi Fred McDowell.

His thousands of photographs, films, and sound-recordings of interviews and music performances are now online: the William R. Ferris Collection, 1910s-2016, part of the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina. And Bill went on to become a prolific author, folklorist, filmmaker, and chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. But the inspiration for his many accomplishments remains his rural farm community.

Read more and listen to the podcast: Episode #107: William Ferris: Keeper of Southern Folklife.

Bobby Fulcher, Tennessee State Parks #KeeperoftheDay

Bobby Fulcher, Tennessee State Parks #KeeperoftheDay

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Tony Gonzalez, a radio journalist in Nashville, called The Keeper Hotline to tell us about a Tennessee keeper named Bobby Fulcher. “He is a musicologist, a recorder of oral histories. He has been documenting traditional rural folk musicians for more than forty years. By day he is with the Tennessee Parks system. He also helped launch a broad folk recording program through the Tennessee State Parks.”

Listen to this message and more from The Keepers Hotline (along with the story of 21 Collections in LA) on the most recent episode of our podcast, The Kitchen Sisters Present…

Doug Boyd & the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History #KeeperoftheDay

Doug Boyd & the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History #KeeperoftheDay

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“Every story matters. The challenge is getting that story to the historical record. Simply putting it into the archive is maybe not enough.” -Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Listen to this story about the power of oral history to make connections across continents and across history.

Learn more and see “the writing on the wall” in this video produced by the Nunn Center.

Walnut Elephant from 21 Collections #KeeperoftheDay

Walnut Elephant from 21 Collections #KeeperoftheDay

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#KeeperoftheDay – More from 21 Collections. Walnut Elephant, a recreation of the life-size elephant made of walnuts created for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair by the LA Chamber of Commerce, helping to sell Southern California as a land of prosperity. See it live at Los Angeles Central Library, now through January 27, 2019.

The walnuts, we understand, came from Craig McNamara’s farm.

Listen to our podcast episode, 21 Collections: Every Object Has a Story.

21 Collections: Every Object Has a Story #KeeperoftheDay

21 Collections: Every Object Has a Story #KeeperoftheDay

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#KeeperoftheDay – 21 Collections: Every Object Has a Story at the Los Angeles Central Library. Open now thru 1/27/19. Entrance is FREE to the public.

For those of you who can’t make it to downtown LA by the end of January to catch 21 Collections listen to latest episode of our podcast and you will see it, take a walk through with us…

Emily Dickinson #KeeperoftheDay on Her Birthday

Emily Dickinson #KeeperoftheDay on Her Birthday

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On the occasion of Emily Dickinson’s 188th birthday, we once again salute her as a keeper of the cake, keeper of the rhyme, keeper of the soul. Listen to Black Cake: Emily Dickinson’s Hidden Kitchen. #KeeperoftheDay