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January 17, 2009

GENEALOGY: Looking back on the ‘Year Without Summer’



There were some long-lasting effects on society and culture because of the weather of 1816. An inventor in Germany named Karl Drais invented a prototype of the bicycle called the velocipede in response the loss of so many horses and the affect on transportation. In the arts, J.M.W. Turner and others painted the spectacular sunsets that occurred at this time (caused by the sun reflecting off the dust in the atmosphere). Lord Byron wrote a poem called Darkness which begins, “I had a dream, which was not a dream. The bright sun was extinguish’d.” Many of the famine-ridden families of New England and New York decided to migrate west to the Northwest Territory after experiencing the summer of 1816, so this event hastened the settlement of our own area.


Because of negative changes in the economy, the Vigo County Public Library is experiencing budget problems and will be conducting public meetings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday in the main branch of the library. The budget cuts being discussed could include closing branches, changing the hours when the library is open, charging for services that used to be free, and other options. The cuts could definitely affect the Special Collections Department, so please attend if you have an opinion you want to express.

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