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Clayton Extra - May 2012

No. 27
Additional news from
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline, Houston, TX 77004

Clayton Library will be closed for Memeorial Day
Clayton Library will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2012, in observance of  Memorial Day.
Monthly programming
Houston Public Library now has an online registration system for programs offered.  You will need a HPL PowerCard (the card that is colored orange) to register online.  If you don’t have a PowerCard or prefer to register directly, please call 832-393-2600 to sign up for our exciting programs or register in person when you are next in our library.

To register online for Clayton Library programs, please visit the HPL online catalog, http://catalog.houstonlibrary.org/search~s1 .  Search for the word "genealogy."  On the first program that is offered, look to the right for the “Calendar of Events” icon and click on it.

At the top of the screen and to the right, under “Limit by Location,” chose “Clayton” from the drop down box and click on the “check mark” icon.  Note the month at the top of the screen.  If it is not the month you want, go forward by clicking on the ">" sign (over the word "Saturday" on the calendar) or backward by clicking on the "<" sign (over the word "Sunday" on the calendar) until you reach the desired month. 

Find the program you desire to attend and click on it.  On the right side of the screen where you see information about the program, click on the icon with two people in it.  On the next screen, put in your last name and  library card number (with no spaces) and click on the submit button.  You must then select the number of seats you want from the drop down box.  You may add or update your e-mail address or tell the instructor something.  Press the submit button when you are finished.

The next screen will tell you if your reservation has been confirmed.   If you have provided your e-mail information, you will also receive an e-mail confirmation.  When you have completed the registration, please exit the system by pressing the "logout" button at the top right of the screen.

If you have any questions on registering online, please call 832-393-2600.
May news and programming
Clayton Library Orientation
Saturday, May 19, 2012 10:30-11:45AM
Learn about the vast resources and how to efficiently utilize genealogical research materials housed at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research.  No reservations needed, meet at the Information Desk in the library.  Adults/Teens.

Clayton Library Friends General Meeting
Saturday, May 12, 2012 10:30AM-12:00PM
James Harkins of the General Land Office of Texas will be the speaker at the meeting.  Registration will start at 10:15 at the Carriage House and the meeting will begin at 10:30.  Adults/Teens.

At the Houston Public Library Central location (500 McKinney in the Julia Ideson Building)…
Clayton Library is proud to present a special day of Civil War related programs featuring Craig Scott and Robin Oliveira
Saturday, May 19 2012, 10:30AM-4:30PM
No reservations required. Adults/Teens.

10:30-11:30AM Civil War Confederate Records
Researching Confederate soldiers during the Civil War can be challenging. This lecture will be an overview of records that are available for research for the “boys in grey” that valiantly fought for the South.

11:45AM-12:45PM Civil War Pensions
Pension applications for American Civil War veterans can be a rich source of information regarding their service during the war and the lives of the pensioners after the War. These records are housed in many locations depending upon the side fought for. A presentation of the records and repositories will be highlighted.

1:00-2:00PM Medical Records in the Civil War
These records can offer a deeper look into the individual Civil War soldier’s history and stories regarding their service in the American Civil War.  Found mostly in original source documents this group of records offer a special look into the harsher side of the conflict.

2:30PM Robin Oliveira
My Name is Sutter, a work of historical fiction, explores the dedication and devotion of Civil War nurses and doctors who endeavored to bring healing and comfort to wounded men with so little medical knowledge it’s a miracle that anyone survived.  Cemented in years of research, including at the National Archives and Library of Congress, the book follows the story of a young midwife who wants to be a surgeon at a time of great turmoil and change.  Robin Oliveira will discuss some of the medical challenges facing the physicians, the unprecedented medical research the war provoked, and the beginning of nursing in America. Book sales will be provided by Brazos Bookstore

Lineage Help –
Most Wednesday nights, 5:30-7:30PM
Looking to join the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, or Daughters of the Republic of Texas?  Come to Clayton Library on Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 7:30.  Members of the Oran M. Roberts Chapter UDC #440 are here to help you discuss your lineage application research.  This is available MOST Wednesday nights, but call 832-393-2600 to confirm the team will be here.  Sign up when you get to the library.  Adults/Teens.

Exhibit - Prisoner of War Camps North and South
April 1-30
This exhibit will profile prisoner of war camps, both North and South and will be on view the entire month of April.  Sponsored by the Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Additional information about Clayton Library

Hours of operation:

Sunday, Monday: closed
Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday, Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
We are closed on City of Houston holidays. Click here for the holiday schedule:  http://www.houstonlibrary.org/library-holidays.


 To see a listing of the latest genealogical materials at Houston Public Library, choose the "New Genealogy  Titles for Clayton" list here: http://catalog.houstonlibrary.org/ftlist.
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For more information, visit the Clayton Library webpage: http://www.houstonlibrary.org/clayton.

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