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This Week's Facts:
  1. National Park Service Offers Online Yosemite Experience

  2. Constitution Day Resources Provide Learning Opportunities

  3. Help Raise Low Vision Awareness Next Week

  4. FTC Initiative Encourages Sound Money Management

  5. Join Feds in Promoting Child Passenger Safety

Document of the Month: Annual Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Indiana

The Secretary of State Annual Reports provide historical and statistical information about Indiana government, procedures, and various offices throughout the State.  The reports contain articles of incorporation for railroads and businesses.  Also included in these reports are listings of notaries public for each county, justices of the peace, Governor’s Proclamations and  congressional /senatorial districts with number of votes & population.  These and other informative pieces of Indiana laws and history can be found in these reports.  

For example, in 1873, the Secretary of State was concerned with the cost of public printing and ensuring public access:  “While all waste is to be avoided the State can not afford to be parsimonious in furnishing the people with information of the doings of their public servants, as shown in published acts, reports, and documents.“ 

The annual reports (1873-1916) can be found in the State Library’s Indiana Collection ISLI 353.9 I385ss. 


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National Parks Service Offers Online Yosemite Experience

National Parks ServiceDo you need a brain break from back-to-school activities? July’s issue of Friday Facts suggested visiting the National Parks Service website for an online getaway. Why not visit the great Yosemite National Park from a desktop or laptop this fall? The park’s multimedia presentations include the video Experience Your Yosemite, a series of video podcasts called Nature Notes and current webcams in different areas of this beautiful national treasure. All of these resources enable you to experience the park in California as if you were there, without the expense and trouble of travel. The History and Culture part of the website features Study the Scientist videos, with profiles of a Historical Architect and a Fire Archeologist under the Preservation section. If you want to see more of what the park holds, look at the Places to Go section to see amazing rock formations, waterfalls, giant sequoias, and more. Enjoy!

Constitution Day Resources Provide Learning Opportunities

Constitution DayToday is Constitution Day! It is celebrated every year on September 17 in honor of the original signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Since legislation was passed in 2004, schools around the country that receive federal funds are required to teach the Constitution to their students or hold a program on the day. As citizens of the United States, it is important that we be aware of the contents of the Constitution. One great site for reading it is The Charters of Freedom.  Published by the National Archives, this site profiles the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. You can find information on them as well as read transcripts of the actual documents themselves. For ideas on how to celebrate Constitution Day, see this site from the National Archives. You also may be interested in checking out FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence for further teaching ideas.

While the primary goal of Constitution Day is to educate citizens on what exactly is in our Constitution, each year also has its own theme. This year’s theme is the importance of jury service. The US Courts website has a great section dedicated to serving on a jury. They have educational resources on jury service basics, courtroom & classroom activities and even a scripted jury trial of William Penn.

Help Raise Low Vision Awareness Next Week

Indiana Vision ExpoIn 2009, Governor Daniels proclaimed  Vision Awareness Week to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Louis Braille’s Birthday. Vision Awareness Week for 2010 is September 19-25.  The culmination of the week will be the Indiana Vision Expo held at the Indiana State Library on Saturday, September 25.  Click here for the schedule of events.  Attendees will gain valuable information and resources for persons with vision loss and the technological advances available to them.  Contact the Expo Coordinator for more information about the Expo and events.

FTC Initiative Encourages Sound Money Management

Federal Trade Commission: Money MattersThe Federal Trade Commission has created a website called Money Matters, which features various topics about personal finance. You’ll find consumer-driven information on managing your money, credit cards & debt, jobs, and more. While much of this information may seem basic, it’s important to remind and reinforce these tips with the public. Everyone will have spending and saving issues throughout their lives, and there will always be scams to watch out for. There are also videos to watch, website buttons and banners and a Spanish language version of the website.

Help Feds Promote Child Passenger Safety

National Child Passenger Safety WeekSeptember 19-25 is National Child Passenger Safety Week for 2010. According to the CDC, in 2008, four children under the age of 14 were killed in motor vehicle crashes every day. Often, this is because of improper restraining devices. It is important to know the four main stages of passenger safety throughout childhood – rear-facing seat, forward-facing seat, booster seat and seat belt. To help promote the week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a variety of promotional materials available. Check out their website for fact sheets, posters, online banners and more. Some of these are even available in Spanish. You also may be interested in following Child Passenger Safety Week on Facebook or Twitter.

Additionally, don’t forget that Saturday, September 25 is National Seat Check Saturday. This is a great opportunity to make sure that your children are buckled up safely.

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