Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Eisenhower and the Librarians Next Door

During this morning's Genealogy on the Internet class, we discovered that Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower lived in between two librarians at the Wyoming Apartments in D.C. in 1930, when Dwight was an Army officer. Margaret Smith, an assistant at a public library, lived directly next door, and Mary Shoemaker, a hospital librarian, was a neighbor from a few doors down. (Could they have inspired Eisenhower to later sign the first federal public library grant program, the Library Services Act, in 1956?!) To find out which occupations your ancestors listed on the census, look them up in HeritageQuest. (Dwight Eisenhower doesn't show up in HeritageQuest. We found him in Ancestry, which can only be searched from the library's computers.)

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