Five Weeks in October: Week One

by Kimberly Lerch  |  Published: June 15, 2020 In March 1918, what was later known to be the “first wave” of the Spanish influenza in the United States began quietly in Kansas as small outbreaks of a flu-like illness. At Camp Funston in Fort Riley, Kansas, approximately 100 soldiers suddenly fell ill from the flu. […]

The Spanish Influenza versus COVID-19

by Kimberly Lerch  |  Published: June 8, 2020 Imagine being able to sit down with the Surgeon General of the United States during the Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918 and a top doctor from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the current COVID-19 crisis at the same time and ask them a […]

Cooking with Salsify

by Kimberly Lerch  |  Published: June 4, 2020 As promised, I present to you not only some representative recipes taken from the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections highlighting the Rodney Dangerfield of vegetables, salsify, but pictures of the dishes and opinions of those lucky enough to eat and critique them! Salsify recipes are aplenty; when I […]

Forgotten Colonial Vegetable–Salsify

by Kimberly Lerch  |  Published: May 20, 2020 While correcting text for the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (IDNC), I discovered an article in the June 15, 1918 issue of the Chicago Packer that covered a partial ban of some American produce into Canada. I believe the ban had more to do with World War I […]

Illinois Newspaper Project Interviews James P. Danky

by Jerilyn P. Tinio  |  Published: February 29, 2020     In 2019, James P. Danky received the American Journalism Historians Association’s Distinguished Service to Journalism History Award for his 40 years spent expanding and diversifying serial collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Danky is editor of the indispensable reference tool, African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography (Cambridge: […]

New Titles: African American Historical Newspapers

Published: February 17, 2020 The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) announces titles available soon on Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (IDNC) and Chronicling America. Funded by a grant received in 2018  from the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), these additions mark the beginning of a series of new titles selected in line with INP’s proposed theme: communities […]

Periodic Dose of Cute – Cat Anecdotes Edition

Since the rise of the internet a common joke has always been that the internet is meant for cat gifs. Be it your cousin’s boyfriend posting incessantly about their cat’s every movement or the trending page on YouTube, it is often hard to get away from cute stories about cats. This apparently has long been […]

Recipes from the Masters: Holiday’s Edition: Volume 3

Nothing screams the holidays quite like fruitcake. Honestly, these cookies are good enough that I would happily make them at any time of the year.   Spicy Holiday Fruit Cookies Source: December 3, 1960- Lancaster Farming Recipe: 1 cup shortening 2 cups packed brown sugar 2 eggs ½ cup rolled oats 3 ½ cups sifted […]

Recipes from the Masters: Holidays Edition: Volume 2

Are you a fan of super chewy cookies? If, so you may be interested in these Christmas cane cookies! I can’t say that I quite understand the association between the Holidays and these orange-ish flavored cookies, beyond the shape you can give them. Regardless, let’s jump into the recipe:   Christmas Cane Cookies Source: December […]

Recipes from the Masters: Holidays Edition: Volume 1

In the most recent adventures in trying to become a 1950’s housewife, I decided to try out several holiday themed recipes from our archives. The first of which, and the subject of today’s blog post, is for pie crust and cranberry pie. Just last year I discovered a love for cranberries and this recipe may […]