Yesterday, a person stopped by my office to ask if there are copies of the NT Daily at the Willis Library because she had a homework assignment to study information in newspapers. She got very excited when I showed her the North Texas Daily/Campus Chat Newspaper Collection, which is freely available on The Portal to Texas History. As with all newspapers on the Portal, the NT Daily/Campus Chat issues are fully text-searchable, with highlighting of search terms, and can be zoomed in for closer reading, which you can see in action on this December, 7, 1966, issue of The Campus Chat, which discusses the mascot name selection...Continue reading
Newspapers provide windows into daily life throughout history. Digital newspapers allow us to easily track how people celebrated the end of the year, across many years and many miles.
The Denison Press article, "Winter Solstice Period of Many Ancient Rituals," explains, "The Winter Solstice, when the sun swings toward the earth once more, has been celebrated as a festival of some sort by the various peoples of the earth since, and even prior to, the recording of history." In Texas, these rituals range from stately and glamorous to community-building to just plain peculiar.
- Early Texans celebrated Christmas while living in a warmer climate during the winter months. The...
"The Oldest and Best Read County Seat Weekly in the Panhandle," the Claude News, is now accessible on The Portal to Texas History. Through the hard work of the Richard S. and Leah Morris Memorial Library, and through the generous support of the Tocker Foundation, newspapers from Armstrong County's seat, Claude, are available from across six decades. Originally named Armstrong City, Claude was founded in 1887 by the Ft. Worth and Denver City Railway, and it was very shortly thereafter renamed for Claude Ayers, the engineer who brought the first train through the town. With ties to Charles Goodnight...Continue reading