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-EPA Award Honors Exceptional Environmental Educators

-ICllimate Tracks State's Historic & Current Weather Patterns Compiles List of Holiday Travel Tips

-National Archives to Release 1940 Census Online

Document of the Month: Indiana Abstract of Vote

This month, most citizens cast their votes for elected officials; by voting, we can make our collective voices heard and make choices to better our counties, cities, and country. This month’s document is in celebration of our freedom to cast our votes! The Indiana Abstract of Vote only covers a few years, but each volume contains voter election returns for Presidential Electors, Governor, Congress, and the General Assembly. This document was compiled and published by the Indiana Secretary of State and provides a historical look at votes and voting patterns in Indiana by county, township, or ward. Also included in the Abstract is the register of Department of State as well as the State Official Roster. The Indiana Abstract of Vote is a useful resource to political studies buffs, historians, and genealogists. The Indiana Abstract of Vote can be found in the Indiana Collections, I 324 I385ab for the following years:  1888, 1900, 1902, 1904, and 1906.   


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EPA Award honors Exceptional Environment Educators

EPA: Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental EducatorsThe EPA is now accepting submissions for the 2011-2012 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in environmental education – winners use innovative approaches to teaching about the environment and use the environment as context for teaching other lessons.  The award is open to K-12 public school teachers who have at least five years of teaching experience in general and three years of experience specifically in environmental education. Two teachers from each EPA Region – there are ten of them – will be selected as winners and will receive $2000. This money is to be used to further professional development in environmental education. Additionally, each winner’s educational agency will also receive $2000, which will fund environmental activities and programs at the school. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59:59 PM on December 30, 2011. Winners will be announced this coming March. See the Application Requirements page for more information on how to apply. Those interested in nominating a teacher may also wish to check out the FAQ page.

IClimate Tracks State's Historic & Current Weather Patterns

Indiana State Climate OfficeThere is an old saying that if you stay in Indiana long enough, the weather will change.  Recent weather events have proved this to be true. Have you ever wondered what the weather was like last summer or two summers ago? The Indiana State Climate Office, or IClimate, is an archive of daily and hourly weather observations recorded for the State of Indiana. IClimate was first established in 1956 to document and study the climate of Indiana. Since then it has become a valuable resource of weather data and events for historians, students, and anyone curious about our ever-changing climate. IClimate contains maps, weather summaries, Record temperatures across Indiana, and many other valuable tools and resources to help you stay informed about Indiana’s various weather conditions. Compiles List of Holiday Travel Tips Holiday Travel TipsThanksgiving is next Thursday, and for a lot of us, that means that holidays are here. Many people use the holidays as time to visit with their friends or family. While this means just walking down the street for some people, others have a little further to go. If you’re flying anywhere, has compiled information from several federal agencies, including the Department of State and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to ensure that you get to where you need to go. Go here to find out new information about permitted and prohibited items on airplanes, travel insurance, and where to go to issue a complaint. They even have tips for how to get temporary financial assistance from the Department of State in case something happens to you overseas. You may also want to check out the TSA page on travel hints. This page is helpful because, not only does it tell you what the rules are, but it also tells you the rationale behind the rules. They also have a downloadable travel checklist to remind travelers what they’ll need and what to expect at the airport. As always, stay safe this holiday season and make your travels as smooth as possible by following the tips provided.

National Archives to Release 1940 Census Online

National Archives to Release 1940 Census Free OnlineThe National Archives announced its selection of Inflection (parent company of to design and host a free web site for the April 2, 2012 launch of the 1940 U.S. Census yesterday. This is very significant for sociologists, demographers, historians, political scientists, and genealogists because it will mark the first time that the National Archives has released a U.S. Census online. On April 2, 2012, users will be able to search, browse, and download the 1940 Census schedules.

For the release of the 1940 Census online, the National Archives has digitized the entire census, creating more than 3.8 million digital images of census schedules, maps, and enumeration district descriptions. Visit the National Archive's 1940 Census webpage or subscribe to NARAtions Blog posts for more information.


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