Research Resource: U.S. Postal Service on the Number of Post Offices, 1789-2008

The U.S. Postal Service’s Historian has produced this table on the number of post offices. The table includes those facilities listed as post offices in the annual reports.  It does not include other post office type facilitites, such as classified branches and classified stations.   Here are the USPS”s definitions of

Patricia Cornwell, From Potter’s Field (NY: Berkley Books, 1995)

Cornwell’s first five books were: Postmortem (1990) Body of Evidence (1991) All That Remains (1992) Cruel and Unusual (1993) and The Body Farm (1994) From Potter’s Field (1995) was her sixth.  I have read Postmorten and The Body Farm, and both are quite good. From Potter’s Field is pretty good

Research Resource: Newspapers 1880-1922

According to the National Endowment for the Humanitites (NEH): The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between the NEH, the Library of Congress (LC), and state projects to provide enhanced access to United States newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. Currently, the NDNP is offering a prototype of

June 15, 2009 New York Times Blog Post on Happiness and Control

Leonard Mlodinow of Caltech writes The psychologist Bruno Bettelheim concluded that survival in Nazi concentration camps depended on “one’s ability to arrange to preserve some areas of independent action, to keep control of some important aspects of one’s life despite an environment that seemed overwhelming.” Studies suggest that, even in

June 15, 2009 Story on Student Knowledge of Art and Music

According to this story: In the test, formally known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress in Arts, administrators at 260 public and private schools were asked how much time they devoted to art and music instruction, and 7,900 eighth-grade students were tested on art and music concepts, a small

June 15, 2009 Story on Federal Funding of Common Standards

Reportedly, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced a $350 million initiative to help states develop common education standards.  The announcment came at a June 14, 2009 “conference for education experts and 20 governors hosted by the National Governors Association and the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership

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