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Take a look: America's Historical Newspapers - 1690-2000

What can you do with America's Historical Newspapers - 1690-2000? A lot!

Find news articles covering topics in government, politics, social issues, culture, literature discoveries, inventions and more from hundreds of primary sources. Search using either the timeline or topic search to easily find news and eyewitness accounts and pro/con articles of events, issues and daily life in the colonies or during the Revolutionary War, westward expansion, the Civil War, Reconstruction, industrialization, the Progressive Era, World War I, the Great Depression, Vietnam War, World War II, Civil Rights Movement, Cold War, globalization and other eras. Right at your fingertips!

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America’s Historical Newspapers - 1690-2000 includes early newspapers (1690-1922), African American Newspapers (1827-1998); Ethnic American Newspapers from the Balch Collection (1799-1971), and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).

Also included are illustrations, advertisements, classifieds, birth and marriage announcements, obituaries, stories about historic people and other articles exactly as they appeared in print.

To access NMH’s America’s Historical Newspapers - 1690-2000 database you can start at the NMH Hub >> Library >> Library Databases >> and select America’s Historical Newspapers - 1690-2000.
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20 Years Ago

The Apple versus PC debate still flares up occasionally though alas no longer in the General Student Discussions conference on SWIS. Two decades ago the issue was settled on the institutional level in favor of the PC. But what goes around comes around, and 20 years later, we have Apple TV and MacBook Air-toting faculty members. To say nothing of the countless students who favor Macs.

For many years, school newspapers published all articles without by-lines and for consistency’s sake, when by-lines appear in more recent years, they are silently omitted in this column. Because it may be of interest to many on the faculty your editor lifts the veil of anonymity to reveal this week’s author: Michael Peller, ’98.   

from The Bridge, vol. XXVI (sic); p. 1 (January 24, 1997).

School Makes Decision to Switch from Apple to PCs

The Head’s Staff has decided to switch from Apple computers to PCs for the upcoming year to avoid any possible risks on computer delivery. There is a “risk that Apple will fail in some way” on the delivery of the computers, said Tom Boulet, Director of Academic Technology.
            “It was a pure business decision. We cannot take the risk” with all of the students and parents involved, said Boulet. Apple had a $700,000,000 loss three quarters ago, and they “haven’t shown any attempt to help us out,” he said.

            The Windows 95 (PC) operating system has many advantages. The PC system crashes less often than the Macintosh system, and is much better at running many programs at the same time. One drawback to the system is that it is harder to use than a Macintosh.

            NMH will suffer financially from the loss, but the major loss is time wasted in training teachers and students on the Macintosh systems. The first to receive the news PCs will be the “Tech Team,” a group of teachers leading NMH’s technological development. The computers will arrive this term, and all freshmen teachers will be trained on them this spring. In the spring of 1998, sophomore teachers will be taught. Eventually, everyone in the school community should be comfortable with the PC.

            Windows 95 and the Macintosh have very similar operating systems. It should take half an hour for a competent Macintosh user to become familiar with the PC, said Boulet. Of course, “the school will have to make time for the switch to be effective.”

            The Macs used for multimedia purposes will remain, as they are more effective than PCs in the respect. The school has not decided what to do with the laptops possessed by the teachers and in the classrooms. Freshmen will not be required to buy PC laptops. In fact, the school recommends leasing them because another switch may be made in the future.

            Although Boulet is “disappointed that Apple is in a position that we can’t count on” he believes that this is the right decision for the school.

Take a look: Oxford African American Studies Center

Oxford African American Studies Center combines the authority of carefully edited reference works with sophisticated technology to create the most comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.
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Over 2,500 images, more than 450 primary sources with specially written commentaries, and nearly 200 maps have been collected to enhance this reference content. More than 150 charts and tables offer information on everything from demographics to government and politics to business and labor to education and the arts.

A key feature of the Oxford African American Studies Center site is the ongoing editorial program. The site continues to grow with new and updated content added on a regular basis, including the latest biographies from the African American National Biography project and additional primary documents with commentary.

To access NMH’s Oxford African American Studies Center database you can start at the NMH Hub >> Library >> Library Databases >> and select Oxford African American Studies Center.
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35 Years Ago

This week we recall the 35th birthday of our Model UN group, which emulates a body whose highest aspiration is to promote international understanding and peace – The United Nations.

from The Bridge, vol. XIII, no. 10; p. 3  (January 13, 1982).

Top Model

            There is a new club starting at Northfield Mount Hermon this term. This is the Model United Nations, a forum for international politics modeled on the United Nations in New York. We represent different nations at national conferences sponsored by colleges. We role-play these different nations, research the situation, write resolutions and debate them as representatives of the respective nations.

            Training for these conferences will take place at the meetings on campus of the Model U.N. These meetings will take place once or twice a week, where members will practice parliamentary procedures and prepare the prospective delegates for the upcoming conference. These meetings will also be modeled after the U.N.

            Future conferences this year include the Plymouth State conference, the Georgetown and Yale conferences, and a New York conference.

            The club takes some time doing research for the conferences and practicing debate techniques. If you have an interest in international politics and relations, then this club should be rewarding.
Take a look: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., in Biography in Context

Biography In Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures, like Martin Luther King, Jr., to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that students have access to the very latest information.

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Biography In Context is built on a foundation of more than 650,000 biographical entries covering more than 400,000 international figures from all time periods and areas of study. Providing coverage of the most-searched and studied people, this database includes more than 4,500 portal pages on the world’s most remarkable contemporary and historical names.

To access NMH’s Biography in Context database and a wealth of information about Martin Luther King, Jr., you can start at the NMH Hub >> Library >> Library Databases >> and select Biography in Context.

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60 Years Ago

Your editor’s occasional insistence that debate is a sport is not without precedent: witness this article on the exploits of our chess team.

from The Hermonite; vol. LXX, no. 7; p. 2 (January 19, 1957).

Varsity Chess Remains Undefeated;
Two Deerfield Meets In Near Future

            The Mount Hermon Chess Team upheld its record of “never defeated” by subduing a team from Springfield Classical High School by a score of 5-1 on Sunday, January 6th. Winners for Mount Hermon were Edward Maher, Peter Ong, Alan Skidgell, Tony Cameron, and Karl Neuse. The only loser was Barry Miller, to Ralph Guertin.

            Two meets with Deerfield have been scheduled for Jan. 20 and Feb. 3. These are considered the “big” meets of the year for the team, which has remained undefeated and untied since beginning interscholastic competition three years ago.

The February 16 issue of The Hermonite reported wins in these matches as well. --ed.