Choctaw Nation History

Since it is Native American Month, check out the Choctaw Nation history web site.

The Civil War Begins: Opening Clashes, 1861

The Civil War Begins: Opening Clashes, 1861 is the first in a series of campaign brochures commemorating the American Civil War. Author Jennifer Murray examines the successes and challenges of both the Union and the Confederate forces during the early days of the Civil War. Notable battles discussed include: Fort Sumter, South Carolina; Bull Run, Virginia; Wilson’s Creek, Missouri; Cape Hatteras, North Carolina; and Port Royal, South Carolina. This brochure includes six maps and three tables. This government publication is also available in print and it is currently located at the new government documents collection on the first floor of the library between the Reference and the Native American collections. The call number is D 114.2:C 49.

The Senate’s Civil War

The Senate’s Civil War is a government document that includes a collection of photographs, political cartoons and other materials that emphasize the crucial role played by the United States Senate prior to and during the Civil War and Reconstruction. This 33 page publication by the U.S. Senate is a sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War.

1940 Census

The 1940 Census is here! The main 1940 Census web page on the Census web site has lots of links and visual information. You can find out that the average price of a car was $1,611, while the price of gas was 18 cents per gallon. By clicking on the Then and Now tab, you would be able to find graphic comparisons between the 1940 and the 2010 Census. To find specific census information about your family, you would need to use the National Archives web site.

Library Hosts Census Workshop on April 3rd

The Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library at Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be the site of a U.S. Census workshop from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3.

Steve Beleu of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries in Oklahoma City will be the presenter.

The workshop, held in the computer lab on floor 2A, will offer instruction on using the “American FactFinder” search engine on the Census Bureau’s website.

Participants will also learn how to use the Census Bureau’s new “American Community Survey,” which gives every city, town and county new Census data every year.

As time allows, other features of the Bureau’s website will be discussed.

To register for the workshop, contact Brandon Burnette at or 580-745-2795. Those not attending Southeastern or working at the University will need a visitor hang-tag. Include your mailing address if using e-mail so the hang-tag may be mailed to you.