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Archive for January, 2009

History Day Open House This Saturday

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Students are invited to join History Day staff and staff of the Minnesota Historical Society Library for help in getting started on History Day projects. This year’s theme is “The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies.” Staff will be available for individual help in selecting a History Day topic, using the library, and locating primary sources for projects.

Saturday January 17, 2009 
9:00 a.m. to noon

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Individual in History: Anne Bosanko, WAC

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Still looking for a History Day topic for this year’s theme: The Individual in History?  Here’s another possibility.

Anne Bosano enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in September, 1944. Sent sent letters home to her parents about her activities in the WAC, her course work and training as a medical technician, her social life inside and outside of her various posts, and her travel between assignments.

Those letters have been published as: One Woman’s War: Letters Home from the Women’s Army Corps, 1944-46, by Anne B. Green., St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1989; MHS call number: Reading Room D 807 .U6 G74 1989.   There was also an article in Minnesota History (vol. 51, no. 7, fall 1989, pp. 246-258) entitled “Private Bosanko Goes to Basic: A Minnesota Woman in World War II,” by Anne Bosanko Green, MHS call number: F 601.5 M66 v.51:7.

The original letters are in the Minnesota Historical Society Library. See the green Alpha Manuscripts Notebooks—filed under Green, Anne Bosanko—for more details and a locator number (there is 1 box of material).

See the Minnesota History Topics for more sources on Women in the Military During World War II.

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New Birth Records Now Available

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Since the new year has turned over, the 1908 non-public birth records are now open for viewing and/or purchase.

What is a “non-public” birth record, you ask?  The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MN Statutes, chapter 13.10, Subd 2) prevents MHS from making available certain birth certificates, such as the records of out of wedlock births, for a period of 100 years.  Once the 100 years is over, they will become available, as the 1908 records now are.

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