Monday, July 30, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The Biographical Directory contains detailed historic information about our government from 1789-2005. It contains five (5) distinct sections: The Executive Officers of the United States from 1789 – 2005; The Continental Congress which includes the meeting dates and places where these occurred; the apportionment of Congress through the 2000 Census; the individual Congresses from 1789-2005 and the biographies of those who served in Congress from 1789 to 2005.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Bring your lunch and join us to hear Pam Wilmot talk about the Citizens United vs. FEC decision. She will speak on its impact on politics, and what is being done to address it and will also talk about other current election reform issues such as National Popular Vote for President and the election laws bill pending before the Massachusetts Senate. Come hear the latest news and ask your own questions about money in politics, election reform, or government transparency.
Future Brown Bags will include:
- Thursday, September 20th
Elaine Grublin, The Massachusetts Historical Society, Civil War Papers of the Society with emphasis on the Battle of Antietam and its 150th anniversary
- Tuesday, October 16th
Alexandra S. Baker, The U.S. Census Bureau, The 2010 Census
Posted by State Library Staff at 11:25 AM
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The Fourth of July is celebrated by Americans as Independence Day. This is considered the nation’s birthday because on July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed proclaiming our independence from Britain.
A copy of the Declaration of Independence can be found in the State Library collection as well as other documents relating to the country’s independence—including a Resolve from the Massachusetts House of Representative from 1776 relating to the possibility of the Congress declaring the colonies to be independent and another from the Colony of Massachusett’s-Bay, in 1776, supporting the war.
Visit the Independence Hall Association’s site at http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/ to find information about the Declaration of Independence and information about the signers. Be sure to compare the terms inalienable and unalienable at: http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/unalienable.htm. The Declaration of Independence uses the term “unalienable rights” while some earlier versions use the term “inalienable rights”.
To learn additional facts about the signers of the Declaration of Independence visit http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_signers_gallery.html
Reference and Government Documents Departments