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What We Read… 1937 by Phillip
Have you ever wondered just how old are the items at your local library? Well, at the Kenosha Public Library's Gilbert M. Simmons Branch Library, the Historical Archive contains documents that date back to the late nineteenth century! These include photographs, periodicals, maps, artwork, board meetings, receipts, and building plans about Kenosha Public Library and the City of Kenosha. We are currently in the process of organizing, digitizing, and preserving our archival materials so that they may be accessed for research.
In the meantime, check out our Share catalog for popular materials in 1937 and are still available today! Last Flight, written by aviation pilot Amelia Earhart, details her incredible journey as the first woman to ever fly over the Atlantic Ocean and can be requested from the Beloit Public Library to your local KPL branch using your library card. Another famous novel, East Goes West: The making of an Oriental Yankee, follows the life of Chungpa Han and how he fled Japanese-oppressed Korea to start a new life in the United States. If you happen to be searching for something a little more light-hearted, consider Clarence Day Jr.'s autobiography Life with Mother. The author depicted some of the hilarious memories of his childhood when he was growing up in New York City.
Items located at the reference desk of each branch at KPL offer materials that provide information on historical events, transactions, famous figures, and relevant buildings, all about Wisconsin, with a particular focus on the city of Kenosha and its library system. At the historical Simmons Library, see the reference item City of Kenosha and Kenosha County, Wisconsin, published in 1916, to gain a new perspective on what our city and county have to offer. Kenosha Past to Present, 1985, provides a historical account of the changes that took place within the city. If you are looking for something relating to Kenosha with more visuals and fewer descriptions, try Kenosha 1835-1983: A Pictorial History, 1984, and if you happen to be a car enthusiast, be sure to see Kenosha's Jeffery and Rambler Automobiles for a glimpse of what the automobile industry looked like in Kenosha in the early 20th century!
Whether for independent research, education, general interest, or just a slight curiosity, the Kenosha Public Library is your place for learning Kenosha's History!