Kansas State Library: Kansas State Council of Defense Circulars, 1917-1918. “100 years ago the United States was embroiled in a world war with thousands of troops overseas. On the home front people pitched in as they could, conserving food consumption, working harder to increase crop production for the troops and keeping up the spirits of neighbors, children and themselves. In Kansas Governor Arthur Capper formed the Kansas Council of Defense, akin to the Council of National Defense. The Council’s mission was to mobilize all the resources of the state for the support of the war. Circulars were published and distributed giving guidance to local officials, schools, farmers and the general public on varied topics that would contribute to the war effort.” Small but interesting collection, and I’m including it here because I don’t see a lot of “war effort” materials for WWI. Tons for WWII, of course, but not so much WWI.
Halifax Today: Saint Mary’s University historian creating Halifax Explosion database. “A Saint Mary’s University postdoctoral fellow is creating the Halifax Explosion database (HExD), which aims to track details of every person who died in the disaster on December 6, 1917. Dr. Claire Halstead told NEWS 95.7’s The Rick Howe Show her research started with the Halifax Explosion Remembrance Book at the Nova Scotia Archives, which gave her raw data, including names, addresses and ages, and her research is adding to that information.”