Washington Post: The disappearing story of the black homesteaders who pioneered the West

Washington Post: The disappearing story of the black homesteaders who pioneered the West. “The physical vestiges of these communities are gradually disappearing. No buildings or markers indicate that black homesteaders once lived at Empire in Wyoming or the Sully County Colored Colony in South Dakota. DeWitty, Blackdom and Dearfield have historical markers, nothing more. A project that I head at the University of Nebraska, working with the Homestead National Monument of America (part of the national park system), is dedicated to creating a digital archive to preserve the memory of the black homesteading movement. But there is an urgent need to save the actual places where so many black people, in the decades after the Civil War, toiled to live and prosper in freedom.”

Kansas State Library: Kansas State Council of Defense Circulars, 1917-1918

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.