Thursday, May 26, 2016

NATIONAL MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH

May is National Military Appreciation Month. And one way we can truly appreciate this country's current and past military personnel is to better understand what they experienced while serving their country.

These four Bullis books relate the personal experiences of military personnel in the mid-1800s and early 1900s:

My Story of the War: 
A Woman's Narrative of Four Years Personal Experience 
as a Nurse in the Union Army, and in relief work at home,
in hospitals, camps, and at the front during the war of rebellion.
With anecdotes, pathetic incidents,and thrilling reminiscences portraying 
the lights and shadows of hospital life and the sanitary service of the war.
By Mary Ashton Rice Livermore
Published by A. D. Worthington and Company, Hartford, 1888

The Autobiography of a Veteran, 1807-1883
By Conte Enrico Moroso della Rocca
Published by Macmillan, New York, 1898

My Army Life and the Fort Phil. Kearney Massacre,
With An Account of the Celebration of "Wyoming Opened"
By Frances  Courtney Carrington
Published by Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, 1910

A Soldier's Memories in Peace and War
By George John Younghusband
Published by E. P. Dutton & Company, New York, 1917


Even though the month of May is set aside for us to show appreciation to our military personnel, any day or month is appropriate to do so. Therefore, feel free to stop by anytime during the year the to spend some time with one or more of these books.  

And on behalf of the Bullis family, we say a sincere thanks to all of you who have served, or are serving, in our military.





Sunday, May 22, 2016

U.S. GRANT

Since our country is in the midst of another general election year, we've been looking through some of the Bullis books about past elections. This week, we focused on:

A New, Original and Authentic Record of the Life and Deeds of
General U.S. Grant
By Frank A. Burr
Published by H.B. Graves, Rochester N.Y., 1885

Included in the text is an account of Ulysses S. Grant's election to the presidency.  At their May, 1868 national convention, the Republicans  unanimously selected Grant as their candidate for the presidency. The 1868 election was the first following the Civil War and this nation was still in recovery from that devastating event.  The Republican party supported the Reconstruction plan set up following that war, while the Democratic party generally opposed the plan.  Grant's victory resulted in the original Reconstruction plan being implemented. (And one result of this was Congress's ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment, a/k/a the right to vote.)

Can books about past elections give us some perspective on the current campaign? We suggest that they can. Author Frank Burr's book is available for your use, during regular library hours.




Friday, April 29, 2016

ARBOR DAY

Yes! Today is Arbor Day in New York State! And our environmental conservation friends tell us it's a good day to plant a tree.

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation says the holiday, first celebrated in 1872, was created to encourage farmers and settlers to plant trees for shade and lumber. For us today, it's a good time to help our environment by adding to the tree population.

And it's also a good time to look at some of the Bullis "tree books" to get ideas about the kind to plant as well as how to identify and care for those that may be currently growing in and around our neighborhoods.

So we invite you to stop by the Bullis Room and look through some of these "oldie but goody" books. And then, we can all get out our shovels, dig a hole, and plant a tree.

Here's a list of some of the "tree books" you can find in the Bullis Room:

Our Native Trees and How to Identify Them
Author: Harriet Louise Keeler
Publisher: C. Scribner Sons, 1900

A Guide to Trees
Author: Alice Lounsberry
Publisher: F. A. Stokes, 1900

What May Be Learned From a Tree
Author: Harland Coultas
Publisher: Appleton, 1860

Handbook of the Trees of the Northern States and Canada, 
East of the Rocky Mountains
Author: Romeyn Beck
Publisher: R.B. Hough, 1924, C1907

Familiar Trees and Their Leaves, Described and Illustrated
Author: Ferdinand Schuyler Matthews
Publisher: Appleton, 1911

Manual of Cultivated Trees and Shrubs,  Hardy in North America
Author: Alfred Rehden
Publisher: Macmillan, 1934

Oh - one more thing - a trivia question!  What is New York's state tree?



EARTH DAY DISPLAY

A few weeks ago, we posted information about our planned Earth Day display in the case outside the Bullis Room.  That display is finished, ready for you to view. As we wrote earlier, it was a difficult task choosing only a relative few to display of the many Bullis books related to gardening and taking care of our Earth.

The ones we decided on cover topics ranging from potatoes to daylillies and manure to indoor gardening. There's even a children's gardening book. All of the books, however, have the common theme of caring for our environment.

So please stop by and take a look at the display. And if you see a book or two that you would like to spend some time with (and we think you will), you can do so in a couple of weeks when the books are back in their place on the Bullis Room shelves.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

FROM THE BULLIS ARCHIVES

Last week, in looking through more items in the Bullis collection, we came across the photo below.


Do you recognize any of the men in the photo?  There's a poem written above the photo:

"Never Lose an old friend,

No Matter what the cause,

We wouldn't ever do it

If we didn't look for flaws.

The only thing worth while having

Is the friend who's stood the test

And who has such a friend as this

Knows friendship at its best."

At the bottom of the photo is a lengthy list of names and this photo information:

1880  Christmas  1925
St. Petersburg FL
10-12-1923, 5 PM
Ramona Heights

If you think you might be able to identify any of these men, and/or know how any of them are connected to the Bullis family, please contact us.  If you're not sure, we'll be glad to show you that long list of names (31, to be exact).

Sunday, April 3, 2016

EARTH DAY

Earth Day is April 22nd. To honor this worldwide event that dates back to 1970, we are planning a display of some of the Bullis books and catalogs on gardening, farming, and landscaping.

Choosing which books to put in the display case is not an easy task.  There are so many volumes with interesting content and illustrations.  And although we've been cautioned not to judge a book by its cover, some of these older books have such decorative covers, it's hard not to instantly declare them "spectacular," before we've even opened them.  However, we're usually not disappointed when we do look inside and see the striking photographs and drawings.

Also, the content of these books is informative and helpful, even though it may be dated. For example, if you're thinking of planting some trees as an Earth Day observance, the Bullis collection has several books on that subject. And there is even a book on effectively using manure for fertilizing those new growths.

The Earth Day display should be ready by early next week. So please plan to stop by during April to feast your eyes on the colorful illustrations and to get some "old" tried-and-true ideas that you can use in a "new" way.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH DISPLAY and ...

... GREEN STUFF!

In honor of Women's History Month, the display case outside the Bullis Room is now full of books by women authors. Please be sure to stop by in the next couple of weeks, to see just a few of  over 250 books in the collection written by women.

And since some of us have been seeing little green stuff popping up out of the ground, it's time to once again take a look at the Bullis books on Spring bulbs as well as the general gardening books. You'll see some of these books in the display case in the months to come. In the meantime, you can stop by the Bullis Room and take advantage of the tried and true gardening advice in the books on Shelf FF (the center shelf, on your left as you enter the room.

And while in the Bullis Room, please be sure to sign the Guest Register that is on a table by the door. There's space for comments, too, and we'd love to see what books you found useful as well as other thoughts you'd like to share with us.