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14 January 2015

Treasure Trove of Historic Pictures To Be Unveiled in South Essex, England

Thousands of historic pictures of Hadleigh and Thundersely will be made available to the public after a community group received £10,000 of Lottery cash.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Hadleigh and Thundersley Community Archive £10,000 to scan and publish thousands of donated photographs and postcards. The huge archive, from prominent collectors and powerful families, will be made freely available in slide shows, books and online.

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Wales and Waterloo: Napoleonic Tales Among Archive Cash

A letter marking the Battle of Waterloo is among important Welsh archives being preserved with the help of £40,000.

Written by the son of a Cardiganshire farmer, Morris Williams tells his parents "thank the Lord" for protecting him as he faced Napoleon's troops. The letter held by the Ceredigion Archives is undergoing careful conservation work, along with documents from four other Welsh archives.

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7 January 2015

Robert Wolfe, Expert Who Oversaw German WWII Records, Dies at 93

Robert Wolfe, who for more than 30 years served as a specialist in Nazi Germany at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, has died. He was 93.

Wolfe died Dec. 9 of respiratory failure at a suburban hospital, his son Marc Wolfe confirmed Monday. Wolfe joined the archives in 1961 and worked there until his retirement in 1995, though he continued to serve as a consultant and help researchers as a volunteer, his son said.

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31 December 2014

Old Delaware Newspapers Sorted, Cataloged

For a historian or genealogist, local newspapers have always been a productive resource. And Delaware is a prime example.

From its beginnings, more than 300 years ago, Delaware has been home to more than 200 local newspapers throughout its three counties. Since the early 1700s, residents have depended on a local newspaper for local, state, national and international news along with the latest in social events, gossip, opinion, advertisements and obituaries.

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30 December 2014

Tiny French Village Appeals For Funds To Turn Soldier's Bedroom That Has Remained Untouched for Almost 100 Years Into Museum

A tiny village in central France is appealing for funds to help preserve the bedroom of a First World War soldier that has remained completely unchanged since his death in 1918.

Dragoons' Second lieutenant Hubert Rochereau died in the back of a British field ambulance after being wounded during fighting for the village of Loker in Belgium almost 100 years ago. His body was originally buried in a British cemetery, and his parents, who initially had no idea where their son's body was, decided to preserve his old bedroom as a permanent shrine.

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19 December 2014

Historic Map To Go on Display at the Idaho State Historical Archives

When Nels and Emma Just built their home in Idaho's Blackfoot River Valley in 1887, they bought a big U.S. map to hang in the hallway. It hung there for 127 years until April, 2014, when the Presto Preservation Association, a group founded by the Just family, took it down for restoration.

The restored map, along with interpretive panels about the Just family, are on display through Jan. 13 at the Idaho State Historical Archives, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road in Boise.

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15 December 2014

A Genealogist Who Spent His Life Building a Cherokee Archive Retires

When Tom Mooney started working as a genealogist and archivist for Cherokee Heritage Center on December 6, 1976, he had one filing cabinet to store items.

After 38 years, Mooney has retired from the Cherokee Heritage Center, leaving behind a vast collection of more than 400,000 historical documents and items that fill hundreds of square feet of space at the museum.

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27 November 2014

France Pays Tribute to 'Forgotten' Chinese WWI Labourers

France on Wednesday paid tribute to an often forgotten corps of 140,000 Chinese labourers who dug trenches, worked in weapons factories and, for many, lost their lives helping France's World War I effort.

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian laid a wreath in front of a commemorative stele in a park in Paris's Chinese district to honour the little-known contribution of these labourers, before a military band played Le Marseillaise.

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Bulgaria President To Honour Memory of Bulgarian Soldiers Who Died in WWI

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is to honour Thursday the memory of the Bulgarian soldiers who died in the First World War, the press centre of the President’s Office announced.

Mr Plevneliev will lay a wreath at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier in the capital Sofia, paying respect to the memory of the Bulgarian soldiers and officers who died fighting in the First World War.

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10 November 2014

Britain's Princess Anne Opens Magna Carta Exhibition in Washington

Britain's Princess Anne opened Thursday a 10-week exhibition at the Library of Congress that features one of only four surviving original copies of the nearly 800-year-old Magna Carta.

The 64-year-old daughter of Queen Elizabeth hailed the "shared values" of Britain and the United States, at a ceremony alongside the Lincoln Cathedral copy of the historic document. "Nearly 800 years ago, Magna Carta gave us our first concept of a society governed by the rule of law -– a major step," the princess said.

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6 November 2014

Incredible Collection of First 'Tabloids' Which Reveal Crimes and Dying Confessions of Hanged 18th Century Convicts Due To Be Sold at Auction

An incredible collection of the earliest tabloid 'newspapers', which detail the shocking crimes and dying confessions of hanged 18th century convicts, are due to be sold at auction next week. The so-called 'Execution Broadsides' - which usually consisted of just a single sheet of paper - documented the gruesome and gory facts and rumours which surrounded public hangings.

The sheets of printed news, which were usually sold for a penny near the gallows on the day of the hanging, covered the crime committed, a woodcut illustration, a description of the convict's final hours and their last dying confession - all in sensational, dramatic detail.

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22 October 2014

Sequoyah National Research Center Acquires Collection of Alaska Native Archives

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center (SNRC) has acquired the Jeanie Greene Collection from television journalist Jeanie Greene of Anchorage, Alaska.

Throughout her career, Greene has conducted a wide variety of research projects on Alaska Native cultures and individuals within those cultures.

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16 October 2014

National Archives of Malta, City Council of Girona Sign Agreement Over Photographic Archives

The National Archives of Malta, the Richard Ellis Archive (Malta) and the City Council of Girona- Centre de Recerca i Difusió de la Imatge (Centre for Image Research and Diffusion) have signed a memorandum of understanding. The aim is for them to work together in the preservation and promotion of their photographic archives.

“This is the beginning of a project through which we can reach the next stage in the development of our archives, this time in the photographaic sector,” National Archivist Charles Farrugia said.

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15 October 2014

French Soldier’s Room Unchanged 96 Years After His Death in First World War

The name of dragoons officer Hubert Rochereau is commemorated on a war memorial in Bélâbre, his native village in central France, along with those of other young men who lost their lives in the first world war.

But Rochereau also has a much more poignant and exceptional memorial: his room in a large family house in the village has been preserved with his belongings for almost 100 years since his death in Belgium.

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10 October 2014

Four Copies of Magna Carta To Be Shown Together for First Time

The four surviving copies of the original Magna Carta from 1215 will come together for the first time in history next February as part of a one-off event to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the historic document.

The Magna Carta – literally, Great Charter – was issued by King John in 1215, as his barons revolted and civil war loomed. It saw the monarch avert crisis by acknowledging that the king was not above the law, and with the granting of a range of rights to English citizens. “To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice,” runs one of its most famous clauses.

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