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Women in Horticulture

Today’s post is written by science reference librarian and gardener, Alison Kelly. With the forsythia in bloom once again it seems like a good time to reconsider Beatrix Farrand and some of the other women who have played an important role in horticulture. Farrand, who was the only woman founding member of the American Society […]

Favorites From the Fifth Floor

Occasionally when visiting the stacks we run across something that we find particularly interesting either from a content or historical perspective.  Shortly after my arrival here at the Library, I found such an item! Published in 1883 the book The Secrets of Success In Business claims to “show completely and practically how business is done, […]

Cherry Blossom Time

The National Park Service reported that the Washington Tidal Basin cherry blossoms reached their peak this year on March 31.  This is when at least 70 per cent of the blossoms are open.  But for those of you who haven’t visited yet, do not be discouraged–the flowers will continue to show off their radiant beauty […]

Celebrate Women (Part 2- Women in Science and Engineering)

As I was compiling our resources related to women and science, I discovered that we have a lot of material on this topic. It would be a true test of my writing abilities to describe all of our guides, reading lists, Web casts and the like in a single blog post without creating an information […]

Happy Birthday Mr. Bell!

Alexander Graham Bell, a successful business man, scientist, innovator and engineer was born on this date in 1847. In 1876, at the age of 29, Alexander was awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone (patent # 174,465). Soon afterward in 1877 he formed the Bell Telephone Company. With the financial success of the telephone, […]