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Kenner's "First 12" Figures Unlocked the Magic of STAR WARS

Back in May, for the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, I planned to post a photo feature on the “first 12” action figures that Kenner released back in 1978. 606 more words

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Explore the History of Our Childhoods at the TOYS Exhibition

I experienced a mixture of nostalgia and absurdity when visiting a museum yesterday and seeing toys from my childhood on display in glass cases, complete with object labels. 582 more words

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When the hero of Hacksaw Ridge had lunch at the VHS

Months ago when I read that a new movie produced by Mel Gibson was based on the story of Virginian Desmond Doss, a flood of sweet memories of visiting with Desmond and his (second) wife, Frances, came to mind. 557 more words

The Declaration of Independence—Its Roots Are Found in a Virginia Document, Thomas Jefferson’s 1774 Summary View of the Rights of British America

The Continental Congress assigned to Thomas Jefferson the task of drafting a Declaration of Independence and then cut one-quarter of what he wrote. The original text survives, however, as does a copy made by John Adams of what remained after a first edit. 640 more words


The Markham Book Collection: First Steps in a New Project

Perceptive patrons who regularly use the library’s online catalog will likely notice a new collection designation appearing in their searches—CMLS. The CMLS, or Confederate Memorial Literary Society, collections encompass manuscripts, rare books, pamphlets, broadsides, and other paper materials relating to the Civil War, its coming and its aftermath, from the Museum of the Confederacy’s Eleanor S. 612 more words