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Smokey Bear Day

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A black and white photo of two young girls with a Smokey Bear doll

August 9, 2022 marks Smokey Bear's 78th birthday!

The Smokey Bear doll featured in this photo is part of our collection; libraries used it for the Summer Reading Club in the 1950s. The Ad Council and Forest Service commissioned artist Albert Staehle to create the fictional character to help prevent forest fires.

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International Ties Bring Honor and Recognition

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A black and white photo shows soldiers walking through the woods with their gear.

Our research honoring World War II veterans extends across the pond. An English gentleman from Bude, a seaside town in northeast Cornwall, asked us for help. Next year marks the 80th anniversary of soldiers embarking on his town to train for D-Day. Citizens plan to build monuments to recognize the troops who fought to provide freedom to those in Bude and across England.

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