Archive for March 30, 2010

The FRIENDS are now on Facebook!


Our Danbury Library Facebook page has over 300 fans now, and we’re so excited to have so much support. With our Facebook page, you’re free to contact us, have discussions, find other people, see upcoming events, and so much more. Even better, the FRIENDS of the Danbury Library have just joined Facebook, and now have their own page! The FRIENDS support the library and its customers in so many ways, from providing museum passes for adults and children, to providing support for our programs and events. Become a fan of the library and of the FRIENDS today!
Danbury Library on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/danburylibrary
FRIENDS of the Danbury LIbrary on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Danbury-CT/FRIENDS-of-the-Danbury-Library/309934927735

Brooklyn Sanitary Fair 1864

One of the little known organizations of the Civil War was the United States Sanitary Commission. This organization was the forerunner of the Red Cross. The Sanitary Commission raised money (25 million dollars), collected donations, worked as nurses, ran kitchens in Army camps, administered hospital ships and organized Sanitary Fairs to support the Federal Army with funds and supplies. These fairs were social events that combined entertainment, education and philanthropy. One of the largest of these fairs was the Brooklyn Sanitary Fair of 1864.There is an on-going exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum about this fair and its artifacts. The Brooklyn Fair was enormously successful and raised $400,000 (the equivalent of 4 million dollars by today’s standards). One of the attractions was the New England Kitchen which showed the kinds of activities done by women in the years before the American Revolution. One of the artifacts for sale was a doll along with an elaborate trousseau which was made by Eliza Lefferts.

Tony Judt

We all know that Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse of the New York Yankees, had his career ended by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (which is now called Lou Gehrig’s disease). It is an insidious, fatal disease which gradually destroys a person’s ability to move breathe, swallow and talk. One of its more recent victims is prominent historian Tony Judt. He is a professor of history at New York University and the creator of the Remarque Institute. He has published many important works on European history which include Postwar: A history of Europe since 1945 and Reappraisals: reflections on the forgotten twentieth century. He is fighting back against the disease and is still giving lectures from a wheelchair. He is also still writing. He has done a series of articles for the New York Review of Books in which he discusses vignettes from his past. ALS has indeed encountered a formidable adversary in the person of Tony Judt.