Dorothy Hargett, Head of Access Services
In honor of Black History Month, the Library has created three displays featuring both famous and little-known African American inventors. Black History Month has been celebrated in February since 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson launched Negro History month to spotlight the contributions of people of African descent in the United States.
Some African American inventors are well known, such as George Washington Carver, the inventor of peanut butter; and Wally Amos, the founder of Famous Amos Cookies. However, there are also many inventions that we use every day, like the ice cream scoop, the potato chip, and the “Super Soaker” that you may not know were invented by African Americans.
- Ice Cream Scoop – Alfred L. Cralle (1866–1920) was an African American businessman and inventor who is credited with inventing the ice cream scoop in 1897.
- Potato Chip – George Crum (1822-1914) is widely credited with the invention of potato chips in 1853. Crum’s birth name was George Speck; he was born in New York in 1822 to Abraham and Catherine Speck. Abraham was African American, and Catherine was a Native American belonging to the Huron tribe.
- Super Soaker – Lonnie Johnson (b. October 6, 1949) is an American inventor and engineer who holds more than 80 patents but is best known for inventing the Super Soaker water gun, which has ranked among the world’s 20 best-selling toys every year since its release in 1990.
According to Famous Black Inventors, there are many modern conveniences directly related to, or derivative of, the inventions of black inventors, including blood banks, the refrigerator, the electric trolley, clothes dryer, refrigerator, and lawn mower.
The Library displays recognize history-making trailblazers like Dr. Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou, and President Obama. Also featured are classic books and movies to read and watch as you celebrate Black History Month. Come by the Library soon.
A photo album of the displays for Black History Month can be viewed on the Library Facebook page.
Martin Luther nails the 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral, 31 Oct. 1517. Painting, 1872, by Ferdinand Pauwels.
Since the publication of How the Irish Saved Civilization in 1995, Thomas Cahill has been acclaimed as one of America’s most inviting and evocative scholars of history and culture. In Heretics and Heroes (2013), Cahill surveys the creativity and tumult, the spirituality and violence of the Renaissance and Reformation.
At our meeting on Thursday February 15, we will focus on Chapter 4: “Reformation! Luther Steps Forward.” Dr. Daniel Gilbert, professor of theology and church history, will lead our conversation. The chapter is only 21 pages long, so if you haven’t had time for one of our previous book discussions, this is a great opportunity. The meeting will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. Tea and a snack will be served.
For a free copy of the reading, email Harold Henkel at email@example.com.
Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Google Hangouts. Contact Harold for a link to the live discussion.
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“If I could work my will,” said Scrooge indignantly, “Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.”
“Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”
Ebenezer Scrooge is miser who hates Christmas and all it stands for, but a ghostly visitor foretells three apparitions who will bring about a change of mind in one night. A Christmas Carol has gripped the public imagination since it was first published in 1843, and it is now as much a part of Christmas as mistletoe or plum pudding.
On Friday, December 8 at 12:00, the Library will host a discussion of this beloved classic. Dr. Pete Fraser, professor of film and literature, will lead our conversation. The Library has several copies of the book in print and e-book formats.
The discussion will take place in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are encouraged to join us live via Google Hangouts, Google’s easy-to-use videoconferencing software. Click here to request a link to the discussion.
For the complete 2017-2018 schedule of book discussions, see the Library Book Club webpage.