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Here’s Why We Need to Protect Public Libraries

We live in a “diverse and often fractious country,” writes Robert Dawson, but there are some things that unite us—among them, our love of libraries. “A locally governed and tax-supported system that dispenses knowledge and information for everyone throughout the country at no cost to its patrons is an astonishing thing,” the photographer writes in the introduction to his book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. “It is a shared commons of our ambitions, our dreams, our memories, our culture, and ourselves.”

But what do these places look like? Over the course of 18 years, Dawson found out. Inspired by “the long history of photographic survey projects,” he traveled thousands of miles and photographed hundreds of public libraries in nearly all 50 states. Looking at the photos, the conclusion is unavoidable: American libraries are as diverse as Americans. They’re large and small, old and new, urban and rural, and in poor and wealthy communities. Architecturally, they represent a range of styles, from the grand main branch of the New York Public Library to the humble trailer that serves as a library in Death Valley National Park, the hottest place on Earth. “Because they’re all locally funded, libraries reflect the communities they’re in,” Dawson said in an interview. “The diversity reflects who we are as a people.”

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Part of Cultural Resource Management is keeping track of the the pests that want to destroy the collections. We set traps to document what type of bugs are in different areas so we can mitigate it better.Last week was particularly heinous. Huge spiders and even a snake. I dutifully entered the number and type of pests into the database but I’ll be honest. It was gross. 

Part of Cultural Resource Management is keeping track of the the pests that want to destroy the collections. We set traps to document what type of bugs are in different areas so we can mitigate it better.

Last week was particularly heinous. Huge spiders and even a snake. I dutifully entered the number and type of pests into the database but I’ll be honest. It was gross. 

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Remember when I told you about lighting the pile for Establishment Day? Well, after a week volunteer colliers raked it out. It was a successful burn. 

One of them told me this type of charcoal is the best for barbecues. 

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What time is it? Apple time!

I was walking to work one morning and noticed that the apple orchard was looking really good! I stopped to take some photos. Employees get apples for free, so I’m looking forward to trying the historic varieties. 

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Daniel Boone had houses all over the country but he was born in this one. That makes it special.

For those wondering but not remembering their middle school history class, Boone is famous for settling Kentucky. He’s not to be confused with Davy Crockett (a completely different dude and time period). 

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The event at Daniel Boone Homestead was set up so you could visit the soldier encampments. I spoke with one reenactor from Virginia for a long time and he gave me the deets on what it’s like to reenact battles as a hobby. I ended putting on my Ethnographer Hat. He had a lot of fascinating things to say. Has anyone done an ethnography on this? Surely, they must have. 

There was a man who played historic instruments. He played the original version of “Yankee Doodle” for us. Fun fact: It does not sound like the version we know today. But it’s adjacent to it, if that makes sense. 

The Boone blacksmith shop was open. A kid asked the smith to make a horse shoe…and he did, right on the spot. It was awesome. 

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