La Posada Hotel

In 1930, a new hotel emerged in Winslow, Arizona called La Posada, which means “the inn” in Spanish.  Fred Harvey built the hotel to serve people getting off at the Santa Fe Railway station there.  Harvey was known for making railway travel to the Western United States more comfortable by building restaurants and hotels along…

The National Library of Finland

The National Library of Finland, located in Finland’s capital city of Helsinki, is the official depository for every publication ever produced in Finland.  It currently houses over 3 million books and periodicals.  Finland’s National Library originally began while under Swedish rule in 1640, as a university library for the Royal Turku Academy.  However, in 1827,…

Book Inscriptions

When you read the book of a deceased author, you are essentially listening to the words of the dead.  Unless a book is extremely rare, the thoughts of a dead author are usually heard by many people.  However, if an old book has a personal inscription inside of it, then that dead person’s words may…

National Archives and Records Administration

Although construction on the building began in 1931, in 1934, during the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill to officially establish a National Archives in the United States.  Previously, U.S. Government records were scattered in different buildings throughout the country.  However, the creation of the National Archives not only brought all of these…

Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College

One of the largest C.S. Lewis collections in the world is located at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois (located about an hour west of Chicago).  This collection officially began in 1965 when a Wheaton College English professor, Dr. Clyde S. Kilby, proposed that the College create one.  The collection started out with fifteen letters of…

National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

In 2015, Chicago received its first National Park Monument when President Obama granted the title to the Chicago neighborhood of Pullman.  This neighborhood is historically significant because it was once the home of the Pullman Car Company, which created the first sleeping cars for trains.  George Pullman founded both the Company and the Pullman neighborhood…

Sibelius Museum in Turku, Finland

Turku is Finland’s oldest city, former capital, and third largest city.  Therefore, it is full of history.  One museum that I visited while I was in Turku was the Sibelius Museum (officially spelled the Swedish way: Sibeliusmuseum).  Both the Sibelius Museum and the music notation software, Sibelius, are named after Jean Sibelius, Finland’s most famous…

State Libraries

Each of the United States’ 50 states runs its own official state library.  I have only visited Illinois’ and Indiana’s state libraries so far.  Both are located in their states’ capitals, which are Springfield and Indianapolis, respectively. You would assume that all state libraries are similar, but Illinois’ and Indiana’s state libraries each have separate…

Pritzker Military Museum and Library

On the corners of Monroe St. and Michigan Ave. in Downtown Chicago is a skyscraper built in 1912 called the Monroe Building.  The second through fourth floors of this building house the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.  Founded in 2003, this non-profit research center began as the personal military collection of retired Lieutenant Colonel J….

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

Named after the man who created it in 1996, the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, Georgia helps preserve and present Southern (United States) Jewish history.  In fact, it may be the largest repository of Southern Jewish history in the world.  I had the privilege of visiting this museum in 2014. Prior to my…