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Are you ready for Election Day?

Wooden ballot box - Smithsonian

Unlike many of the approaching holidays, Election Day doesn't call for much in the way of shopping, cooking or decorating. All we voters need to do is make sure we are registered and informed. Here are some places to stay on top of that:

At War with Winter

Effects of Cold on Morale: Cold produces lethargy. apathy, and slow and clumsy reactions which are accentuated by bulky clothing.  Depression and discouragement, and a firm conviction that they are doing more than their share of the necessarily heavy work, are present in the minds of many individuals. Operations in Snow and Extreme Cold (FM 70-15, 1944)

I have to admit, this strikes a chord with me! As we face the highs and lows of winter in Colorado, a set of War Department documents from DPL's government documents collection shows an earlier generation coping when the work was heavier and clothes bulkier.

Join the Army, See the World: World War II edition

"This isn't a tourist guide, full of the delights of moonlit nights, tropical seas, and lovely maidens. Its purpose is to give you information, concisely and without frills, about the people and their land..."
United States. War and Navy Departments, A Pocket Guide to Netherlands East Indies Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943.

During World War II, many young men traveled abroad for the first time, courtesy of the U.S. Army and Navy. The Special Service Division of the War Department, a kind of educational and morale-boosting public relations agency, issued a series of small travel guides that were part Fodor's and part Why We Fight. They were intended for the use of soldiers and sailors, describing the U.S.

Shut Down but not Shut Out

The federal government may be shut down for a while, but the materials and staff of the federal documents depository at DPL are at your service!  Here are a few rundowns about what's going on during the shutdown.

 

The New York Times looks at the fates of different employees of government agencies.

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