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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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An important message for National Immunization Awareness Month is: “You have the power to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases.” One thing this past year of dealing the pandemic has certainly taught us is the importance of vaccines in aiding our return to normalcy. While vaccines are now available for COVID-19, it is important to remember that there are… read more >>

Naturalization Records

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All Aboard the Citizen Ship! Using Naturalization Records to Find Ancestral Homes  Summer is a great time to take genealogy road trips, and here’s one you can enjoy without leaving Mahoning County.  Finding the overseas homes of our ancestors can be challenging, but the results when successful are rewarding and open up a whole new set of challenges and discoveries.    When the place of birth… read more >>

Francophiles Unite for Bastille Day 2021

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For all who love everything French, Bastille Day, the National Holiday of France, is a great day to celebrate. This day commemorates the fall of the French military fortress and prison, the Bastille, in 1789. It signaled the start of the French Revolution. For an overview of this historical event, check out Salem Online‘s article:… read more >>

Educational Resources: Visual Arts

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A great way to get creative is to use the visual arts. Visual arts are an art form that uses different media to create an emotional response to something. The forms of visual arts include painting, crafting, design, architecture, drawing, ceramics, and photography.   Children and toddlers begin to use the visual arts very early in… read more >>

Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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A great way for children to stay busy in the summer is a great treasure or scavenger hunt. When children participate in a treasure hunt, their faces beam with excitement. Kids love indoor or outdoor activities where they look for hidden objects.   This game involves the organizers to create a list of items that the participants… read more >>



“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.”  (General… read more >>

Educational Resources: Science


Do you like to ask lots of questions about science, nature, and technology? The answer is that curious minds want to know answers about the world.   Science is the study of the world around us. Humans learn through describing, experimenting, and observations. Biology, geology, physics, astronomy, and chemistry are just some of the subjects that scientists use… read more >>

Building a Desktop Computer

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The last year has taught us a lot about how much we rely on technology every day. While most of us can get by with smartphones, there are certain tasks that require us to have something more powerful to fulfill the demands of our business, school, or hobbies. Have you ever considered just putting together your own computer? It’s often a less… read more >>